I came across some interesting stats about goals and accountability from the American Society of Training and Development.
The probability of achieving a goal is:
- 10% when you think of a goal
- 40% when you make the decision to pursue a goal
- 50% when you develop a plan on how to achieve your goal
- 65% when you make a commitment to someone else that you will follow the plan
- 95% when you have an accountability appointment with this person.
I know when it came to training for my half marathons, having running buddies was so important. When its 30 degrees and lightly raining, you may opt to stay in bed and skip your run. However, when you know your training partners are waiting for you, somehow you find away to get yourself up and moving. We all had decided to train together. We had a set training plan and schedule. We met weekly for our long runs. If I had to run 10 miles on my own, I may have found 10 excuses to skip the run that week. Meeting up with my group ensured I kept to the schedule and ultimately allowed me to meet my goal.
Accountability partners would be helpful in any diet or fitness program. I know I am more likely to get to boot camp class if I know my friends will be there. I hadn’t consider this approach for other areas of my life, but I could see the benefits of having someone keep me accountable with any goals I might set.
Do you have an accountability partner? When has it worked or not worked for you? Email me your thoughts and I may use them in a future post.
*I came across these stats while reading Made to Crave, by Lysa Terkeurst.