How to stay accountable and reach your goals
It’s easy to say you’re too tired, it’s too hard, you’ll try again tomorrow. But the easy option isn’t the one you should be taking. When it comes to reaching your goals in the gym, and in life, the easy option hardly ever gets you there.
I know that it can be hard. I might not get as many of these days as you do anymore but it doesn’t mean I forgot what it feels like. It’s hard. Really hard. It’s hard staying motivated and accountable, especially when life gets busy or when you realise that the results you expected to see will take a lot longer than you first realised. Or sometimes you just feel plain lazy.
I remember when I first started at the gym. There were so many days where I would think “I know I should go workout but I can’t be bothered. There’s always tomorrow”. There were days filled to the brim with work and appointments and socialising. So often I would start the week feeling motivated and ready to commit to a full week, but by Tuesday I was already finding it impossible.
I used to get so many of those thoughts. And even though my mindset is completely different now, I still do from time to time. I did, however, learn to slowly I stopped listening to them.
I realised that sure, you don’t always feel like doing the things you’re supposed to do – going to the gym, eating your healthy meal, etc. But you have to understand, that’s only a part of you. That’s the part of you that relies on motivation. The part of you that comes up with excuses. Gives up because it’s easier to give up than work hard for what you want and risk being disappointed by not getting there.
Like I said, that’s only one PART of you.
Another part of you wants to achieve your goals. Wants to put in the effort. Wants to try harder. This part of you knows that you need to put in the work to reach your goals. It’s not afraid of working hard. It doesn’t need motivation.
That’s also the part of you that wants to change and the part of you that set the goals, to begin with.
I started listening to THAT part of myself. The part who knew how much achieving my goals meant to me. The part of me who, despite having no motivation, knew that by going to the gym and eating well, would feel better.
You need to start listening to that part of you as well. Once you do, and you learn to ignore the part of you that feels unmotivated and lazy, you will start finding it easier to get done what needs to be done.
If you’re struggling right now, I get you! I remember those days like it was yesterday! But in life, we all have things we don’t always feel like doing. It’s only when we do those things that we get rewarded.
You know that if you continue working out and eating well that you’ll reach your goals. You also know that it’s impossible to be motivated to do so every day. But as long as you keep those goals front of mind and have faith that it will get easier, you WILL reach your goals!
I recommend starting small. Rather than focusing on changing your entire diet, working out 6 days a week, making sure you get stretches in, quitting alcohol, cutting out sugar and whatever else you want to do, focus on making small changes over time.
The goals you set are totally up to you, but something that worked so well for me was starting with a goal of working out 3 times and week and adding more greens into all my meals. That’s it! That was my goal for the first month of me really starting my journey. You start small and then you add to it.
By setting yourself small goals every single week and slowly working your way up to a completely healthy lifestyle, you’re more likely to stay accountable and it’s more likely that you’ll stop listening to the part of you that has let you down on in the past.
You also need to make sure that you’re reminded of your goals every single day. The big goals that you’re working towards, but also your new weekly goals. You can do this a few ways. Make yourself a vision board, stick your goals on the fridge, change your phone background. When you see your goals every single day, they will always be on your mind. Even when you don’t realise it.
Keeping your goals front of mind will help push you through days when you’re feeling unmotivated. Being reminded of why you’re working hard and why you’re trying to change is very powerful.
No matter how you feel right now, keep persevering. Keep pushing. Keep working hard. It will pay off. And rather than looking back and wishing you took action, you’re going to look back and be damn proud that stuck it out regardless of how you were feeling on any given day.