7. Find an accountability partner.
One of the best life hacks to accomplish your goals in life is surrounding yourself with people who are also working on big goals. As Jim Rohn said:
“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
Are you spending time with people who are inspiring, encouraging, and uplifting? Surround yourself with people who help you become the best version of yourself, and ask someone to be your accountability partner as you both work toward bettering your lives. Knowing that someone is overseeing your progress can help give you that extra boost you need to take massive action on the days when motivation is lacking.
Hopefully you find these strategies as helpful as I have. Keep setting and working toward big goals, and take action every day toward the life of your dreams.
8. Stop procrastinating.
If you want to reach and accomplish your goals, you’ll need to kill your procrastination habit. One way to do this is to spend a few minutes each evening, writing out your schedule for the next day. When you plan in advance how you’ll spend your time, you’ll wake up in the morning knowing exactly what you’re going to do with your day, so you can be sure to take action toward your big goals.
Another great way to kill your procrastination habit is to “eat the frog every morning”. This comes from Mark Twain, who said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Your frog is the task you’ve been procrastinating.
It’s the thing you dread, or the action step you need to take that’s out of your comfort zone. As you work toward reaching big goals, you’ll need to eat many frogs along the way. Make a point to eat the frog each morning, and you’ll make massive progress toward your big dreams.
9. Tracking and accountability.
“When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates.” —Thomas S. Monson
Clarity is what creates motivation.
Tracking is what creates awareness.
Reporting is what creates accountability.
Having these three will help you progress quickly.
If you’re not tracking your daily behaviors, you are undoubtedly doing worse than you think you are. For example, most people have no clue where their money goes because they don’t track their expenses.
According to research, self-regulation is the psychological process that detects inconsistency between your goals and your behaviors. It is the ignition of your motivational forces helping you get from where you are to where you want to be.
Specifically, self-regulation works in three ways:
- Self-monitoring determines how well you are currently performing.
- Self-evaluation determines how well you are performing comparative to your goals.
- Self-reaction determines how you think and feel comparative to your goals. When you feel dissatisfied with your performance, self-reaction pushes you to reallocate your motivation resources.
Beyond tracking, research has found that accountability improves performance. When you report your performance to someone, particularly someone you respect, it adds external and relational motivation to succeed.
During your accountability sessions, you can get coaching and feedback on where you can improve. Striving to accomplish big goals is not easy. Most people will give up on their dreams in order to have a clear path to lesser goals.
If you want to move quickly toward your big goals, you’ll need to become proficient at acquiring clarity for the next few steps of your journey. The best way to do this is through context-based and immersion-style learning.
The deeper and wider your clarity, the bigger your goals can be. In order to ensure you achieve those goals, you’ll need to track your behaviors daily and have an intense accountability system in place.