Goals are great.
Action is more important.
I don’t know you and your situation, but if you struggle to hit your short-term goals, you might often ask yourself:
How do I keep myself accountable to my short-term goals?
You could, however, rephrase your question to be:
How do I keep myself accountable to ‘taking action’ to accomplish my short-term goals?
People don’t struggle with goals, they struggle with consistently putting action behind their goals.
You can set SMART goals. You can re-frame your mindset. You can watch a motivational video. You can start a bullet journal. But none of these things actually get you closer to your goal.
You have to act.
Great, you’ve made your point, I need to take action. Where do I start?
You need to be utterly and ridiculously head over heals about your goal. Whether is staring a business, writing a book, or losing weight, imagining your destination has to make your heart flutter.
If it doesn’t, you’re going to struggle.
Without love you won’t find self-discipline. Without self-discipline you won’t develop work ethic. Without work ethic you’ll never create habits.
I think being a husband is easy. Doing the dishes, taking out the trash, talking with my wife (when I have other things to do) is easy because these habits are rooted in my love for my wife. The same goes for being a father.
So ask yourself, Am I really in love with my goal?
Okay, I get it. I’m in love with my goal. But sometimes I hesitate to take action because I’m not sure what action to take.
If you want to ensure you continue to take action in the general direction of your goals, find a small community of goal-getters like yourself and meet every week.
Some people call these Mastermind groups, but that name conveys an image of people plotting to take over the world. Instead simply reach out to 2 or 3 other people who are on similar journeys and set aside an hour a week to meet. Use this time to share your wins, struggles, and strategy to move forward.
Having a close group of people to bounce ideas off of and hold you accountable will help you hesitate less and take action more.
99.97% of the time you know what action to take, but it’s still nice to know someone else agrees with you.
You don’t have to do this alone.
TLDR: Don’t rely solely on yourself to hit your short-term goals
If you struggle to stay accountable to your short-term goals, don’t beat yourself up. Question whether you actually love the goal. Find other people to hold you accountable.
Build an ecosystem where action flows naturally.
Hello, my name is Declan. I’m a husband, father, writer, and founder of SHRPA. My mission is to get 1,000 people serious about going after their goals and dreams.
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