Accountability: Wanting vs. Doing

March 27, 2017

Accountability: Wanting vs. Doing

Accountability is something we all deal with - both inside and outside of the gym. Last week, Matt wrote a great post for our Thursday's Thoughts which we sent out to the homies who subscribed to the newsletter. Peep it below and let us know what you think!

Accountability: Wanting vs. Doing

For my first entry of Thursday’s Thoughts, I wanted to write about a problem I see among many people, being in AND outside of powerlifting: Accountability.

The exact definition definition of accountability, taken from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary reads “An obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.” AKA putting responsibility in your own hands to get shit done. It’s easy to be accountable at work, because there’s usually 2 options: do the work, or you’ll be fired. When it’s your means of income and living, it’s much harder to slack off.

But, what happens to most people when it comes to their own personal goals? Especially when those goals aren’t paying their bills? Yup. Most fall off. Think about how many times a person you know has said they’re going on a diet, going to the gym 6 times a week, and aren’t going out anymore, and go back to old habits within a month, hoping you somehow forgot all about what they said they were going to do. 

They fall off for 1 reason - Lack of accountability and/or sustainability.

I’ve come up with a method I use for myself, and some of my clients to ensure accountability, and to dodge that dread you feel when you fall off something you committed so hard to. Before we get into the steps, what exactly is it that you want?

Do you want to be a World Champion powerlifter?
A millionaire?
A major league athlete?
Or do you want to just get a little better every day?

The beautiful part is that there’s no wrong answer - just the one that makes the most sense to you.

Now let’s break this down:

1. Write out a list of every single thing in your life that will need changing to reach your goals. This list could be short, or could be 5 pages long - all depends on your goal

2. Provide yourself a realistic plan of action for every aspect of your life that needs to be changed. It’s not enough to just say “My diet and sleep sucks.” HOW are you going to fix both of those? 

3. The last step, but the absolutely most crucial one: visualize yourself living those changes, and doing every single thing you wrote down; Are you happy? What kind of sacrifices are going to have to make to ensure success? Are you mentally prepared for those changes? 

It’s a lot easier to hold yourself accountable once you’ve analyzed up and down what needs to be done, and also once place your goals as high of a level of priority as the necessities. If you want to be a world record holding powerlifter or major league baseball player, guess what? Training needs to be up there on the list with paying your rent. It’s just the truth. If you want to just feel a little stronger, and be a little healthier, the same rules apply; the changes just may not be as drastic. 

Everyone has thought, and wanted to do/be something great in their, but so few are willing to go and do/be that. Figure out what you want, get stoked, and go crush it. 



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