Accountability – “the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.” It’s a word that strikes fear into the heart of the comfort zone! It’s easy to stay in our comfort zone and not experience any personal growth when there’s no one there to call us out on it. Accountability works. That’s why it’s such a big part of most weight loss and exercise programs. It’s why the most important part of AA is the regular meetings.
Accountability works and it can work for you when it comes to stepping out of your comfort zone.
There are a few different ways to make accountability work for you. You can tell people about what you want to accomplish. You can also ask a close friend to call you out when you’ve gotten too comfortable. You can set up a buddy system and help keep someone else accountable too.
Keeping a journal and habit trackers or calendars is another great option to keep yourself accountable. When you know you have to write it down, it gives you just that little bit of extra motivation to take action and stretch outside your comfort zone. For instance if you want to eat more healthily, write down everything you eat – it will make you think twice about eating that whole bag of potato chips, or that extra dish or ice cream, or putting the chocolate sauce on your ice cream. Check out some of my previous posts for more information about keeping a journal.
If you want to stick to an exercise routine, make sure your exercise clothes are handy and that they are fresh and clean, and your shoes are ready for your walk or run. Why not get a box of stars and put one on your calendar each time you take a step outside your comfort zone. This will help you keep track of your progress.
Find your own way to hold yourself accountable and make it work.
To keeping yourself accountable…