Research Proves that Accountability is the Key to Achieving Your Goals

goal setting motivation Dec 02, 2020

According to research, there are two factors that help people achieve their goals and the behavior change they desire, which are incentives and accountability.

A recent study on accountability was done by the Association for Talent Development and what they found was, people have these following probabilities of completing a goal by taking these actions:

  • Having an idea or goal: 10% likely to complete the goal
  • Consciously deciding that you will do it: 25%
  • Deciding when you will do it: 40%
  • Planning how to do it: 50%
  • Committing to someone that you will do it: 65%
  • Having a specific accountability appointment with someone you’ve committed to: 95%

That's crazy.

95%?! No wonder I started seeing all my goals and dreams become a reality when I started having more accountability in my life.

We’ve all heard the phrase, "you’re more likely to achieve a goal by writing it down," right? Well, maybe another way of framing this idea so it actually resonates and hits home with people could be:

"By having scheduled accountability with someone, you only have a 5% chance of NOT achieving your goal!"

Intuitively this makes sense, and to be honest, I'm not that surprised.

We've had accountability throughout our lives, but never for our personal goals. 

  • As kids, our parents make sure we brush our teeth and go to bed on time.
  • In school, our teachers conduct tests to see if we did our homework.
  • At work, our boss tracks our output and gives performance reviews.

Many people thrive under these kinds of circumstances.

They make progress, get things done, and hit big goals.

But only when they have someone else to answer to.

And the problem, of course, is that there usually isn’t anyone else tracking our most important personal goals.

This is why coaching can be so beneficial. An accountability life coach can help you follow through on what’s important to you.

Now, you might be wonder...

What exactly is an Accountability Life Coach?

Simply put, we help you achieve your goals.

  • Accountability means being held responsible for your actions.
  • Coaching means supporting someone to achieve their goals.

Breaking it down even further, we help you: 

  • Set specific, measurable, and realistic goals.
  • Create a course of action.
  • Stay on top of your progress.
  • Help you analyze your setbacks.
  • Remind you to celebrate your successes.

We help you set specific, measurable, and realistic goals, create a course of action, stay on top of your progress, help you analyze your setbacks, and provide support along your journey.

How to hold yourself more accountable

At the end of the day, you want to develop the self-discipline where you can be productive and get stuff done on your own.

Yes, having an accountability life coach will help dramatically, but they won't be there for you every single day of the week. You're going to have to take ownership and personal accountability in your life.

For example, creating systems, habits, and routines that will allow you to perform at a high level consistently, over a long period of time, is how you maintain self-discipline so you can thrive and achieve your goals throughout life.

You should also measure your progress.

“When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates.” — Thomas S. Monson

I have a habit tracker and I also measure my goals on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. This allows me to analyze my behavior, what's working, what's not working, and how to make the necessary adjustments in order to overcome those obstacles and challenges.

That's why hiring a coach for 3 months can help you get on track, create the proper systems and habits, and keep you accountable when measuring your progress, so when your done working together, you can be on your merry way living your dreams :)

Although, you should ALWAYS be learning, growing, and seeking coaches and mentors for guidance throughout life. That's how you reach mastery.

So, build an accountability plan into your next big goal, and see the difference it makes! If you want to improve your chances of success, use the power of accountability and utilize this FREE opportunity to get some 1 on 1 coaching.

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