Each year there are numerous amounts of people who want to make changes for themselves and achieve new goals; whether it’s to be promoted at work, lose 20 pounds, invest in more self-care, etc. The crazy thing is that only about 8% of people follow through and complete their goals, because there is one key aspect missing: accountability.
Did you know that:
- You have a 65% chance of completing a goal if you commit to someone that you will do it!
- You have a 95% chance of completing a goal if you have specific accountability appointments (or consistent meetings) with someone!
The most common excuses made for why we don’t hold other accountable:
- “I’ll just wait and hope they do it”
- “They know how I feel about it” – example: thinking they will get your dissatisfied hints
- “It will turn into an argument/awkward situation”
- “I made my expectations clear (I think)”
- “I will demotivate or lose them”
- “I will be seen as a micromanager”
- “It’s easier if I do it myself”
7 steps to foster healthy accountability:
- Set clear expectations
- Make sure there is a clear capability (because if someone doesn’t know how to do their job/the task at hand, how can you hold them accountable)
- Make sure there are clear measurements of how results will be determined
- Provide clear feedback
- Set clear consequences. For example say: if ___, then ___
- Constantly follow up or check-in!
- Though all of these steps are important, one of the most important things is that you choose someone to hold you accountable who will be honest and real with you – and actually hold you accountable!