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  • Writer's pictureMarcus Kowal


So you’ve sat down and written out all your goals you want to hit in 2020. You’ve created a strategic plan to reach those goals over a set period of time to begin on the first of January.

And then you wake up on New Year’s Day.

It’s finally go time.

Chances are, you might be a little hesitant. You may feel lost, uninspired and even nervous perhaps. That’s when the real test starts. Up until that point, it has all been theoretical.

Now, it’s actually happening.

Or it’s supposed to at least.

Honestly, this is the hardest part; to actually get started. And if you’re not a GREAT self-starter and self-motivator, it can be very helpful to have someone as an external force to keep you accountable.

When asking someone to hold you accountable, to be your accountabuddy, you have to remember that they are doing you a favour. That means if you don’t meet the goals you’ve set forth, you can’t be upset with them for calling you out on it. In fact, you should thank them! This can be hard to do in the beginning, especially if you have never been in a position where you’ve received constructive criticism before. It’s also highly subjective. Some people prefer a more “in your face” type of approach, almost militant, whereas others prefer a softer style. That’s why it’s important that your accounta-buddy has been in your position before and able to relate. Or at least experienced in the field of working with people starting a fitness journey, such as a personal trainer or a qualified coach. Find out what type of person you are and then choose your accounta-buddy based on that. If you have a personal trainer, they are hopefully in tune with your personality and what “lights your fire.” There’s some universal traits the individual have to possess though:

They can’t be afraid of calling you out.

They have to take the task seriously.

They have to be available to review your goals over a period of time.

It has to be someone that cares about you and who wants to see you succeed!

Some people function best when they have some pressure on. That could be announcing the goals via social media. Or telling all their friends and family members about it. Regardless of what it is, find what works for you and then get to work!

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