Accountability & Reaching your 2015 Goals

Well, we're almost halfway through February and it got me thinking about how everyone's 2015 New Year's Goals were coming along.  So, it's time to fess up, how are you doing with reaching those 2015 goals?  Are you crushing them early, going slow and steady, or did you forget all about them?

Too often we get super excited about starting something new.  I know I do!  I'll write it all down, get a few things I "need" to make it happen, and then life takes over.  We've all been there and before you know it the year is gone and we don't have much to show for it.  It's happened to me more times than I care to admit.  I don't only mean fitness/weight loss goals, but redecorating my office, getting a cleaning schedule for my home, staying on budget, etc.  Well, let's not let 2015 slip away from us.  Let's reach those goals this year.  

I declared 2015 the Year for Finding Balance and I intend to find that balance in my life!  Not just with working out and eating healthy, but in all aspects of my life.  Work, home, family life, social life, etc.  

I wrote a blog post sharing 10 tips for keeping your health & fitness goals and you can read those HERE!  They're really great and practical tips that you can apply not just for your fitness goals, but your everyday goals too.  

Once you put those tips into action, I really think it's important we keep ourselves accountable to reaching our goals.  Here are 3 ways we can remain accountable and finally reach those big goals!

1.  Set small monthly goals that will lead to reaching the ultimate goal and write them down!  For example, if one of your goals is to go to the gym 5 days a week and you're currently just going every once in awhile, then you can set a goal to go to the gym twice a week for 2 months, then 3 times a week for 3 months, 4 times a week for 4 months and then it'll be way easier to add that 5th day by the end of the year!  

2.  Tell people about your goals.  Sometimes just saying our goals out load is good enough to keep us accountable.  Sometimes sharing on social media, like facebook or instagram works wells.  Sometimes we need a little more.  If so, find someone who you trust and can be your accountability partner.  Whether they're on the same path as you or not, tell them what your goals are and ask them to keep checking in on you weekly, monthly, whatever works for you.  Make them the person you call when you're feeling down or about to give up.  I guarantee you that they'll help you feel better and do all they can so you don't quit and pick you up when you don't want to keep going.  

3.  Have visual reminders.  You know the saying, "Out of sight, out of mind."   You don't want this to happen to your goals, so we need to keep them in sight and in our mind.  You can do this by creating a Vision Board and keeping it in a place you'll see it everyday.  Another idea is to have motivational sayings throughout your room, office, or fridge.  Sayings that will help keep you on track.  Other ideas of visual reminders could be photographs of your goals or even better photos of your rewards when those goals are met!  

Here's my lovely vision board sitting in my office reminding me of my goal for 2015: Balance in all aspects of my life! 

Here's my lovely vision board sitting in my office reminding me of my goal for 2015: Balance in all aspects of my life! 

Let's not let another year go by.  Let's not let another year slip away from us.  Not this time.  No, this year we will make it happen.  We will make the time for reaching our goals.  Think of how awesome it's going to feel come December 2015 and we can say, I killed it!  I made it happen.  It may have been hard, I may have wanted to quit, but boy was it worth it.  Because I promise you, it will be worth it.  You are worth it.