Changing is tough. It takes time, it takes patience and it takes a lot of hard work.
Often times, by the time we recognize that we need to make changes in our lives to experience better results, we’ve already formed several habits that have led us in a direction we aren’t happy with. Bad habits can often times be so difficult to change but unless it happens, we can expect more of the same.
So how can we do it? How can we change so we can achieve the positive results we desire so badly?
The Answer: Accountability.
Accountability is one of the greatest tools in the quest for positive change but unfortunately, its often over-looked all too often.
So what is accountability? It is being responsible for your actions. It is acknowledging that you are in control of your choices. If you don’t take responsibility for your actions, you will never have the power to change.
We are accountable in so many areas of our lives so why would we not be accountable for our weight loss and fitness goals? You would never leave the grocery store without paying because of the consequences of being caught. We are conscious of the speed limit; we try to be on time to appointments, and know the importance of being productive at work. For society to function properly, people must be accountable. Your health and wellness goals are no different.
When it comes to making changes in our nutrition and exercise we need to create new habits. When creating new habits we are going against the grain. Change does not always come easy so that is way it is so smart to have an accountability partner or personal coach. If you think about it, we have had teachers and coaches all of our lives, why should this be any different now? It shouldn’t! Holding yourself accountable to a partner or coach to help you stay accountable to your goals can make the difference.
4 Reasons Why You Need An Accountability Coach
- When you have someone that you need to report back to at a specific time each week you will accomplish more and be more focused. You will create consistency in your routine and this will make your new habits take root in your daily life.
- It is not your accountability partner or coach’s job to be judgmental or demeaning. Their job is to motivate, encourage, help keep you on track, and share joy at your accomplishments. They will know when to push you and when to pull back. This is exactly the type of support you need.
- Your coach will be supportive and will be cheering you on but you will be the person doing the work. It is critical that you keep all your scheduled appointments and any assignments that your coach gives you. You may find excuses to cancel sessions. These excuses may seem perfectly rational to you. Remember when you “rationalize” you are telling yourself “rational- lies”.
- You and you coach will together create goals that are specific to you. This is not a cookie-cutter process; it is very individualized. Be honest about your goals, fears, and the reason you are engaging in this process. Together you and your coach will get you from where you are now to where you want to be!
Accountability is such a powerful piece in the equation when you are trying to solve for change. To achieve success in any area of life, in particular with your health and wellness goals, you simply have to hold yourself accountable.
If you continue to struggle with accountability and achieving long-term, successful change, maybe it’s time you try an accountability coach. With our program at PFC Fitness, all of our guests have the benefit of our 12-week at-home coaching program that is hugely successful. The reason simply being the paring of accountability with a coach that will hold you to it!
Pam Nelson, Certified Personal Trainer, Premier Fitness Camp
Pam has been an A.C.E certified (American Council of Exercise) personal trainer for the general population since 1995. She is also a group instructor , and certified in teaching the “Mature Population”, people over 50. Her clients have varied far and wide. She has had people with Parkinsons, amputees, athletes, and people struggling with sever weight issues. She has taught “Park City Boot Camp” for 5 years. She is a native of Utah, went to the University of Utah and has lived in Park City for 25 years. She enjoys an active lifestyle of hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, anything that Utah has to offer. She has found a perfect fit working for Premier Fitness Camp and calls it her “Dream Job”, she is a trainer, group instructor, and a member of the coaching team.