The topic of accountability has been on my mind a lot lately. Probably because my gym just opened up a second 90-day challenge, which pairs people with a trainer who holds you accountable for goals set at the beginning of the 90 days.

I have always considered myself a fairly good self-starter and self-motivator, but even the most ambitious of us require a little extra push every now and then. So when the opportunity to participate in the latest 90 day challenge presented itself, I thought, “Why not? Couldn’t hurt to get a little extra motivation and accountability to jump start the next phase of my health and fitness journey.” So I signed up for the challenge and will be working the next 90 days on some actionable goals.

Now, without flying in the face of my last post, where I argued that we throw away the laundry list of goals and instead focus on the ONE thing, I will restate the last sentence of the previous paragraph:

“I will be working on the ONE thing that will help me take some actionable steps towards my personal health and fitness.”

And for 90 days, that ONE thing is going to be honoring myself and my body, as much as I possibly can.

While I could list the many actionable steps I can take towards that goal, instead I want to keep the focus on the topic of this post…accountability. Which is also the main reason I decided to participate in this challenge. I really have very little interest in competing against other people, because honestly, I think we really are our own competition when it comes to making changes to our health and fitness. And while making a competition out of it, can be great motivation for some, for me it is fairly unnecessary. The one thing I do hope to get out of it is a piece that had been missing for me, which is the accountability component.

Of course I would generally argue, “Lauren, you are accountable to yourself, and that’s all you really need.” But in this case, I am doing an experiment of sorts. I want to determine if the accountability factor really does make a difference in me getting to my ONE thing faster or better or more efficiently.

I know many people struggle mightily on their journey to better health and fitness and having something or someone to hold them accountable can make all the difference. So this week I want to lay a challenge to those of you who feel you are just not quite cutting it on your own to reach your health and fitness goals. And that challenge is to make yourself accountable.

There are many ways you can take steps towards making yourself accountable, such as publicly stating your ONE thing on social media and keeping people abreast of your journey or asking a friend or family member to hold you accountable. Whatever method you choose, I simply ask that you take a chance to see what making yourself accountable can do to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Better yet, if you need an accountability partner, I would be more than happy to help in any way I can, just let me know how.

We should never feel alone on this journey, nor feel like we have to white knuckle our way through it. Don’t be afraid to ask for support, it can make all the difference in the world, even if it means telling your significant other who always eats dessert in front of you, to cut that crap out! šŸ˜‰ Sometimes the little changes can make a big difference.

Stronger by accountability.