Several situations have cropped up recently which have illustrated the true value (in terms of business and personal performance) of taking goal setting one step further: and that is the role of commitment and accountability.
October is shaping up to be a month of habits!
I'll start by sharing these two situations:
- I've committed to completing my morning daily practice EVERY day in October… I know on a rational level that this can only be positive, and hope that after 31 days I will have established great habits but some mornings in these early stages it is hard to drag myself out of bed and it's tempting to stay tucked up for an extra half an hour. What I've observed is that for now while the benefits of completing my morning practice are not yet fully visible or tangible, what actually gets me out of bed is knowing I've made the commitment to myself and not wanting to let myself down.
- I'm also in the early stages of the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month – meaning I have committed to posting one blog entry every day for a month (what is it about October habits!). Even though, once again, I fully buy into the benefits of completing a blog post every day, some days it feels like more hassle than it's worth or I just don't feel inspired. But this one is serious… it's not just my own sense of having made a commitment that keeps me motivated, this one is public! Others will actually know if I don't keep to my promise and although no one is actually checking up on me to make sure I complete this challenge, there is a group mindset that is holding me accountable! The thought of other people's disapproval is a huge motivator for me so the external accountability is very motivating (and great in these early stages while I'm still establishing my habit).
The role of accountability and commitment in achieving your goals and improving business performance
My observation overall is that once I've set goals, a huge contributing factor in my success is how committed and accountable I feel. I KNOW and understand the myriad reasons why its so great to have morning routines and to blog daily and all those other things, but sometimes I just need a little support to make it happen!
This all makes me very excited as I'm just about to have the first of many phone calls with our new accountability partner. As part of the Mastermind Group Janine and I joined, we have been paired with an accountability partner – the purpose of which is pretty obvious. I am looking forward to establishing this routine and having someone who is cheering for me, keeping me accountable and who hopefully can also tell me when I just need to pull my head in and get on with things!
Taking goal setting one step further: commitment and accountability
My learning is therefore that sometimes I need to take goal setting one step further beyond the actual setting of the goal to establish a deeper commitment and set up some accountability. If this is going to increase my chances of achieving my goal and boost my business performance to boot, then why not!
And before you read on, check out the definition of accountability in the image on the left! It's all about integrity.
What about you?
How do you hold yourself accountable when you have set goals and honour the commitment you have made to yourself?
Do you believe there is value in having someone else to hold you accountable?
Could you establish an accountability buddy for any goals you have set recently?