The Power Of Accountability
By: Coach J
Based on a study done by the American Society of Training and Development, here is the probability of you completing a goal if:
you hear an idea: 10%
you decide when you will do it: 40%
you plan how you will do it: 50%
you commit to someone else you will do it: 65%
you have specific accountability check-ins with that person: 95%
The first time I read those statistics I was in awe, for two reasons. First, I was shocked at the fact that going from deciding to accomplish a goal to making a plan for how you’ll achieve it, only increases probability by 10%. Second, I was floored that by having accountability check-ins it increases probability to almost 100%.
People say knowledge is power. I say, knowledge is knowledge. What you’re willing to do with that knowledge is power.
So now what?
If you’re currently wanting to achieve a goal, but you’re struggling, this information can be a game-changer. Or maybe you’re not working towards anything right now (or you’re not struggling), my guess is that one day in the future, you will be. And when that time comes, this information will be useful.
The question becomes, “what are you willing to do with this new found knowledge?”
For some, learning this information is a no-brainer, they’ll implement immediately. But for others, accountability can bring an added layer of fear. The fear that now when I screw up, someone else will know, not just me. Or, the fear that I’m actually going to have to do what I say I’ll do, and I can no longer talk the talk without walking the walk.
These fears are completely understandable, trust me, I deal with them myself. What I can say, is that the feeling of breaking through a proverbial wall far exceeds the feeling of security and comfort.
So, if you’re looking to assign your new account-a-bil-a-buddy, here are some things to consider:
Find someone who does not struggle with the same things you do
if you’re trying to break the habit of hitting the snooze, a person who struggles with that too is not going to be the best at holding you accountable
Be very clear with what it is you will or will not do
avoid broad and general statements, like: “I’m going to start eating more vegetables.”
Have specific check-in days / times
these can be in person, via phone, email, or text
BONUS: create a penalty that you’ll pay if you don’t follow through
some examples I’ve seen work are: donating $20 to a charity you do not support, eating a food you cannot stand (for me it’d be tomatoes), wear your team rival’s jersey for a day
If you’re going to implement a penalty, it MUST be something you’ll actually follow through on (you can’t say I’ll donate $1000 when you know damn well you will not) and it MUST be something you don’t actually want to do (for it to be effective, it must be something you truly do not want to do)
I hope this helps you crush your next goal > if you’re struggling to find an account-a-bil-a-buddy, hit me up ;)