Ready or not, here comes 2016! What are you going to hold yourself accountable for? Let’s be honest – accountability is hard, and not always fun. Accountability is also necessary, whether you are able to do it independently or need a little help along the way.
The first step is to brainstorm what you want to accomplish in the upcoming year. When you are thinking about your goals, try to keep two things in mind – simplistic and realistic. Your goals don’t have to be complex or extravagant to be worthwhile. Break bigger goals down and make them measurable so that you can evaluate where you stand along the way.
Once you have your objectives in mind, try following these five simple steps to keep yourself accountable:
1. Write it down or sign a contract
This is pretty simplistic but cannot be stressed enough – WRITE IT DOWN! Once it is down on paper, it becomes a real goal and not just something floating around in your head. Take it a step further and display your goals in a place where you have to look at them every day – your bathroom mirror, work desk, gym bag – whatever it takes! Write yourself a contract (these are all over the internet if you don’t want to write your own). You can even have a witness sign it if you want to get really serious. It all begins here!
2. Tell someone about it and schedule check ins
You don’t have to do this on your own. Tell someone what you are up to and ask them to schedule regular updates with you. Once you know someone will be checking in with you, it will only be natural that you want to give them good news. A simple text, call, or personal message is all it takes to keep your goals continuously top of mind.
3. Go public
Social media is a wonderful thing. It allows us to be connected with all of our friends and family in an instant. What a great (and easy) form of accountability! Let people know how you are progressing and how great it feels to accomplish what you have set out to do. Get out of your comfort zone and try a platform that you have never used before – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, blogs, or the countless other options that you have at your disposal. Take your pick!
4. Recruit someone or join a group
There is always strength in numbers. Everyone has a goal of some sort – just start asking your friends and family what they want to accomplish in the upcoming year to uncover what those are and join forces. If you are not interested in working directly with a person or cannot commit the time, join an online group so you can still connect with others who will push you and celebrate your successes.
5. Put your money where your mouth is
Not literally, but DO put something of value to you on the line. After all what is a goal that has no reward? Make sure that the reward is reflective of your goal. Big goals call for big rewards, but give yourself the opportunity to earn smaller rewards along the way.
Take a moment and write down one thing you hope to accomplish next year. Tell the next person you see about it, share it on social media, and start brainstorming what you will reward yourself with once you have accomplished your goal. It takes less than five minutes to start holding yourself accountable and start the New Year off with a bang!
Mollie Dawson joined Aureus Group in May 2015 and is currently a Healthcare Executive Staffing Assistant. She helps support the Healthcare Executive team with all of their recruiting efforts along with assisting the Finance and Systems teams with National Recruiting Networks. Mollie has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. In her free time Mollie enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and spoiling her two dogs.