Tell Someone!

 

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2015 was a good year.

As my husband and I reminisced during the holiday season we both expressed how thankful we were for memories made, goals achieved, lessons learned, and challenges addressed. We navigated sadnesses and spent  glorious hours with our children and grandchildren.  We say goodbye to 2015 thankful for all our blessings.

About 4 years ago I wrote in my yearly Life Plan the goal of creating a Woman’s Event in my hometown. I wanted to help women engage in rich conversations about their lives, direction, challenges, and personal goals.  I had the tools, I was full of ideas but…………I didn’t tell anyone nor did I ask anyone to keep me accountable to accomplish the goal.  It never happened!

Last year, I hesitated as I put the same goal on my yearly Life Plan. This time I  proceeded to share the idea with my husband and Coachwell teammates.  As the year comes to a close I have to say that the Women’s Event that we created, offered, and accomplished has to be one of the highlights of my year.  What a wonderful opportunity to spend time with amazing women, reconnecting with past relationships, and starting to help them get some fresh traction in their life goals!  The key to accomplishing this goal?

Accountability!

2016 is just days away.  Do you have any un-achieved goals in your life? A priority that needs intentional time and attention? Do you have a dream that’s  covered in dust?  Perhaps this is your year to gain some traction by setting the goal, building the plan, AND gaining accountability from those you trust!  Just imagine reading through the plan you cautiously created at the end of 2015 following the holidays next year.  Imagine that you are celebrating the accomplishment of completing the goal!

Grab a little “quiet time” as this year comes to a close.  Grab a journal or notebook, take time to think, pray, and consider all that is in your heart..then…begin to bravely write your goals for the year, those that you’ve been so hesitant about until now.  Within the next two weeks share your plan with one or two trusted individuals; allow them to keep you accountable throughout the year.  You will be surprised at the traction you will have as you gain inspiration from those who want to see you win AND you will enjoy celebrating all the challenges you’ve overcome along the way!!

2016 is a fresh slate, what would be a WIN for you in 2017?

Be brave! Tell Somebody! 🙂

Happy New Year!

Accountable to Whom?

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Years ago, wanting to lose a bit of weight, I began attending Weight Watcher meetings which included both inspiring lessons on food preparation and the dreaded Weigh In!!  I would watch women take off almost every item of clothing before standing on the scale; wanting so much to see that the numbers had gone down! Through that program I lost almost 50 lbs.  What I learned through this process was how powerful it was to have weekly accountability for the food choices I had made~ that weekly scale was a powerful point of accountability and it enabled me to be successful.  I will be honest, If there hadn’t been a weigh-in each week with one of the Weight Watcher leaders I probably wouldn’t have lost as much weight as I did.  Accountability can be a very powerful tool in our lives!

There are many areas in our lives where we would all do better with supportive accountability. Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution or a fresh committment to change an area of your life or behaviour only to find that the depth of your committment gradually became less and less; possible even abandoning the challenge all together!  What might those situations have looked like with a trusted accountability partner?  I imagine, for all of us, we would have experienced significantly more successes.

So how might we FIND an Accountability Partner?

1.  Determine what you need.  What are the things you need help to accomplish?  What goals have laid dormant for way too long?   What things tend to entangle you? Poor finances, lust, overeating, overworking, etc.?

2.  Select a trustworthy, emotionally mature individual who has enough courage to tell you the truth and ask the tough questions.  Choose someone whose life you respect and steer away from choosing someone who struggles with your same challenges.

3.  Meet on a regular basis setting measurable goals (weekly or bi-weekly tend to be the most fruitful times).  Be forthcoming and honest making sure the time spent together is valuable for you both.  Be sure to celebrate victories together as you meet goals and gain fresh victory in key challenges.

Maybe it’s time? 🙂

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