Accountability breeds response-ability. — Stephen Covey
Here’s what accountability mean to me: you say you’re going to do something. You tell someone. And because you’ve told someone, you feel you must go through with it — and you get it done.
There are many reasons I love to run in groups. And one of those reasons is absolutely accountability. It’s incredibly easy to bail on a run when it’s raining, when it’s snowing, when it’s too cold, when it’s too hot, when you have a headache . . . the list goes on and on
What if you know someone else is already there, counting on you to show up? Women (and let’s face it, most, but not all, of the bloggers I’ve connected with are women) tend to be people pleasers. We don’t want to leave another runner in a lurch.
On my own I have a tendency to procrastinate about getting out the door. It’s too hot or too cold or I get involved in something else. When there’s a group run on the line, though, you don’t want to keep your buddies waiting and you actually get yourself out that door when you said you would.
The internet is a great place for accountability, too. Tell someone you’re going for a run on your blog, IG feed, FB feed, and you’ll think twice about bailing on that run. Because then you have to fess up.
Another way I like to hold myself accountable is to pretrack something, usually food or exercise. I put that exercise in my tracker and then by golly I’ll go and do that exercise. Like how I just went and did the yoga I put in my tracker before I finished up this post, because I knew if I stayed here writing I wouldn’t get the yoga done . . . but it was already in my tracker and I wanted to make sure I was accountable to my tracker, which sounds really silly but totally works.