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4 Ways To Hold Yourself Accountable To Your Goals

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/accountability-goals_b_7845608

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4 Ways To Hold Yourself Accountable To Your Goals
Over the past few years, I've struggled with staying consistent with goals that I set for myself. I would make goals, legitimate things I wanted learn, or ways I wanted to better myself, and not stick to it.

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Be in the Right Mindset

Be in the Right Mindset

To put yourself in the right mindset, you need to:

  • Know your 'why': why is accomplishing this goal important to you.
  • Read the right books and talk to people with similar interests.

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Make the Habit a Priority

Make the Habit a Priority

The most effective way to turn your goal into a habit is to plan ahead. 

You can't hope that your goals will happen to fit into your current schedule, or that by nature you will prioritize it. You have to plan your schedule and block out time. 

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Have an Accountability Buddy

Have an Accountability Buddy

An accountability buddy can work really well when you're doing everything else right.

The key is finding someone reliable and truly committed. If you can't find someone to be an accountability buddy, ask your family for support.

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Educate Yourself on Your Goal

Educate Yourself on Your Goal

Knowing more about the topic will help strengthen your 'why'.

Nourishing your mind on the habit you choose to pursue is immensely helpful. 

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Putting up an accountability plan

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  • An app is a great way to add accountability to your day, because they send daily reminders and track your progress.
  • Hold yourself accountable by creating calendar reminders.
  • Create virtual accountability. When you declare your goals on social media, you’re likely to find a like-minded friend who will want to join your journey and offer words of support.

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Book Summaries

Preview the book in order to vet whether or not it’s worth investing your time in.

  • Use book summaries. Find apps that give accurate and concise summaries of many of the most popular books out there and are constantly updating their library.
  • Use podcast interviews with the author. Authors often go on the podcast circuit to promote their books. 

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Whatever you do, enjoy it

Choose something rewarding enough to make you feel good about doing it. If you're having a good time, mistakes feel like learning experiences and challenges to be overcome, not throw-up-your-hands-and-give-up moments.