Our habits run our lives. Being successful highly depends on our ability to build effective routines and behaviors.
This is hard these days. It’s not only for the distractions we get daily by working from home, but it’s primarily because our needs and goals have changed (we need more focus to deal with) and we have lost connections and engagement with our support system (friends, colleagues, mentors, coaches).
As a result, holding ourselves accountable to get results can be very challenging. The American Society of Training and Development did a study a few years ago on accountability and found that “you have a 65% of completing a goal if you commit to someone. And if you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.”
If you aren’t moving really forward but for a few steps, there are five things that I urge you to consider:
1) Don’t fly too high – Be very focused on short term wins (30/60 days max) that shake your results
2) Turn goals into actions – See the 30/60 days plan as your only focus. Develop specific actions to get results within the timeframe. Drill them down.
3) Boost your maths – Be a master in tracking your progress
4) Build a support system – Doing it alone is great, doing it with others is even better. Make sure you build a support system around you so you can increase your odds to be held accountable. Hire a coach, get a mentor. You choose.
5) Be vulnerable – It’s not the time to boost your ego. It’s time to see things in a different way and develop a growth mindset.
You can still crush your goals if you build the right discipline.