3 Ways to Create Accountability When Achieving Goals
This is our third post in our Goals Series withPádraic O’Maille (motivational speaker and business coach). We’ve posted previously about goal-setting and achieving. This time, we’re going to focus on accountability.
If you’re going to be successful when it comes to achieving your goals, you need someone or something that’s holding you accountable for your progress! Here are 3 ways you can do it.
1. Have a forfeit/reward system
One way to keep yourself and your team accountable to your goals is to reward when you’re on track and punish when you’re not.
Humans respond to reinforcement/punishment systems. It’s the type of psychology that’s involved in raising kids and training pets – and we, as adults, are no different!
Reward yourself when you’re on track to achieving your goals – eg. order a big pizza dinner. Punishments are a bit more difficult to give to a team than to yourself (if it’s just you, give €300 to charity, for example). But lack of reward is generally punishment enough!
Keep the punishment/reward at the fore of your mind and you’ll also be constantly reminded of your goal! Watch an example of a punishment/reward system below.
2. Host weekly meetings specifically to catch up on goal progress
Another way to keep your team accountable is to host weekly progress meetings that catch all participants up with how your goal-achieving is going. Weekly meetings are a good as they keep goals at the top of everyone’s minds.
During the meeting discuss:
What’s going right
What’s going wrong
The meeting can be short and sweet but just make sure you cover all your bases. Ensure that everyone attends, even if they’re out of office for meetings or other work projects. Nowadays, all that’s needed is a quick Zoom.
Make sure that it’s consistent – don’t let it drift off after a few weeks. Keep it going and make it routine.