Accountability

ac·count·a·bil·i·ty -noun:
1. a willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions
2. the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.

Over that last few weeks, I’ve been working with my clients to help redefine what we do together. I’ve realized that as a coach I don’t want to just give people workouts and nutrition advice that they follow blindly. I want my clients to have a good understanding of why they want to make positive changes in their lives so that they’ll stick with it.

For my clients the goal is never just to workout. That’s just the means to the end. The goal is some physical state that we desire to be at. We want something, and we’ve potentially tried many times to get it, but for some reason we still don’t have it. That’s why I work with my clients.

What we have come up with is that they are hiring me to help hold them accountable to their goals. The reason we don’t achieve the goals on our own is because when times get tough, sometimes it’s easier to just back down. We may even justify why we didn’t really want it in the first place or that what we’ve done so far is ‘good enough’. By hiring me, I help hold my clients accountable to their goals. You’re not just doing it because I said so, you’re doing it because YOU said so and I’m here to remind you.

My goal is to first be the accountability you need when times are the toughest and you face the most resistance. My second goal to help you develop your own strength and your own accountability so that eventually you won’t need me to support you. Eventually you’ll get to the point where if you say you’re going to do something, you’ll do it. By that time I just hope you still see the value in my expertise and you’ll want me around for my great programs 😉

It’s tough be accountable to yourself and your goals sometimes. I encourage you to find someone who will help you push yourself to the finish line even when it feels so far away. Find someone to help keep you accountable to your goals.

This may seem like an out-of-place picture at first, but this is a father and son crossing the finish line together. The son pulled his hamstring during the race and collapsed to the ground. His father pushed past security guards to go on the track and help his son. He supported him the rest of the race and help him reach his goal of crossing the finish line. You can watch the video here.