Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Power of Accountability


Recently my husband started working out again. While he's long been interested in making exercise a daily habit, it's hard to find time between work and school and family. What finally helped him take the dive? A co-worker asked him if they could hit the gym together each day on their lunch break.

Because someone else encouraged him, and now because that person is counting on him, he has been super consistent- and reaping the benefits.

When I decided to embark on the 30 Day Minimalist Challenge, I knew I didn't want to go it alone. I asked a couple of friends to join me, and was thrilled when they both agreed. Throughout the challenge, our daily group text made each day's task both more enjoyable, and more compelling to follow through on.

Last summer one friend and I texted each other daily to keep up with blogging goals, and another friend and I texted to give account for our daily exercise. I never cease to be amazed at how much more I am able to accomplish with a little steady accountability.

Looking to make a change? Maybe it's your diet, or a messy closet, or a project you've been dreaming about but keeping on the back burner.

All it takes is a friend- one friend you can meet with, text, email, or call- asking them to come along side you, and you coming alongside them. Getting some extrinsic motivation to help move along your intrinsic motivations.

Your challenge: Think of one change you could make with the help of an accountability partner. Find said accountability partner, and agree on how you will touch base as you work on your goals.

A great accountability partner is a friend who encourages you with both grace and a little friendly pressure. If you know someone who is also wanting to change in a similar area, they might be a good person to start with.

Have you reaped the benefits of accountability in your life? What is the number one area you would like to make changes in? 

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