Earlier this week the challenge was given based on a story from our daughter’s freshman year at college. These posts are for those of you that have caught yourself slipping away from a good habit you’re trying to form. Make sure it has the basics we’ve covered.
Do you have a reward system in place?
To whom are you accountable?
If you are the only one holding yourself accountable, your habit becomes so much more vulnerable to failure! A primary reason team sports are so much easier to join and be successful in as compared to individual sports, is due to the system of accountability. If you’re the 11th player and don’t show up, you’re going to hear about it. If you swim laps in the morning and miss a workout, the life guard on duty is unlikely to call you up and ask where you were.
In an effort to be more accountable our daughter found someone with similar health goals. When they’ve met their goals for the day they send an emoji signifying if it was a good day or fail day. This small action keeps each party accountable on a daily basis. Sounds small, but overlooking it will be fatal to your sustainable habit formation.
Maybe this format doesn’t work for you. Maybe its a weekly call from someone in your family to report to… or a good friend. Maybe it’s going to be an online group you join or a an exercise program at your local gym. These goals may seem fitness based but the same principles apply to every habit you’re trying to form. Find someone to be accountable to and be consistent!
This will work wonders for your goals and habits, leaving your future self much less vulnerable to failure.
Good luck this week!
Written by Emma and Karl Pister