Reaching our health and wellness goals isn’t always easy (says the woman who has been trying to lose the same five pounds for five years). For some people, the key to personal success in this area is accountability. Of course, any time you set out towards reaching a goal, holding yourself accountable is helpful. Oftentimes, however, it is not nearly as helpful as being accountable to someone else.
For the past several weeks I have been testing out a new service called GOQii, which integrates certified health coaches with their GOQii Band activity tracker and app. The band is sweat proof, water resistant, and compatible with iOS, Android and Windows Mobile. The device and app measures and tracks your sleep, activities, and nutrition. (If you already have your own band, you can still use the GOQii service, by the way. It integrates with many of the popular bands and apps already on the market.) While users are inspired to maintain proper nutrition and activity levels, they can also check in with their coaches via text messages or scheduled video chat sessions for real, one-on-one motivation and accountability.
So what have I learned about accountability since beginning this process? Accountability in goal setting and in achieving goals is incredibly helpful. Here are 6 ways that accountability and having a coach can help you achieve your goals:
Keeps you honest. Well, sort of. It should keep you honest. If you aren’t being honest with your coach, what does that say about you? Are you ready to work towards your goals? Maybe not. Maybe the very first step is leaning on your accountability partner to help you gear up for the challenge ahead of you.
Makes you see yourself in a different light. When you only see things from your own perspective, it really is difficult to grow. Having someone there to support you from the other side can be beneficial for making change happen. A coach can share tips and feedback that will help you reach your goal faster.
Keeps you engaged. When you have to report in to a coach or accountability partner, it is easier to keep your focus. Eyes on the prize, right? It is easy to give up when you are feeling discouraged, but having someone there for you will surely keep you going on those days when you may feel like giving up.
Makes it more fun. For some people, the feeling of working towards a goal alone is enough to make them not try as hard. Having another person there, whether in body or in spirit, can keep things a little more lively. Some days it may be reporting back that you tried their tips and had success, while other days it may be sharing something that you discovered on your own. Success breeds success, after all. And success sure is fun!
Helps with measurements and goal setting. When you have someone to check in with, you can set short term goals on your way to long term success. Small victories matter, and being able to share them with your coach or partner is a great way to stay motivated.
Keeps you on the path towards reaching your goals. No matter how fast or slow you may get there, the key is to keep moving forward. When you have the encouragement, the help, and the accountability of a personal coach, it sure is easier to stay on the right path.
My GOQii coach was amazing about reaching out to me, and about sending along encouraging tips for success. (She was even persistent about reaching out to me through a root canal, vacation, and a business trip). And as a writer of social good, I also love that GOQii users can earn ‘Karma Points,” which convert daily goal achievement into monetary donations for global causes.
What have I learned about myself over the past few weeks? That while I thought I was ready and eager to see change happen, perhaps I wasn’t 100% ready to make change happen. What I learned is that it is time for me to be a little more honest with myself, so that I can better utilize my coach’s tips and work towards my goal. While I did have some success for sure, I learned a little more about ways that I am inhibiting (or perhaps sabotaging) my own success.
If I stay on the path, I will get there, even if it may be a bit slower than I would have preferred. (Well, they do say that slow and steady wins the race, right?) I’ll keep wearing my GoQii and tracking my progress as I work towards my goals. What I do know is that it will be important to have that accountability so that I don’t slip backwards. Then the final reward will come in the form of being able to set a new goal, rather than be trying to achieve the same one over and over again.
What health and wellness goals are you working towards? Wouldn’t having a coach to give you tips and keep you accountable be a fantastic way to get there? For more information about GoQii, go to http://goqii.com, or you can also watch this video.
(Not the prettiest post-workout pic, but at least I worked out!)
Disclosure: Thanks to GoQii for allowing me to try their device and service. This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of GOQii. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are 100% my own.