GPdrums || Marathon Drummer

Two Tips for Goal Accountability

Posted in Marathon Training by gpdrums on December 30, 2008

I’m no stranger to setting goals.

This book is a must read!!!

This book is a must read!!!

I really began to discover goal-setting around 1992 when my employer gave me a set of Tony Robbins tapes. From there, I started reading books like How to Win Friends and Influence People, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, The Magic of Thinking Big, The Power of Positive Thinking, 7 Habits, etc.

There’s a little more to it than that, but flooding my mind with these types of books substantially changed my thought patterns and my outlook on life. Goal-setting began to make even more sense as I began listening to tapes and reading books from people like Brian Tracy and Jack Canfield.

These authors and speakers are excellent coaches to say the least. I followed their goal-setting guidelines, making endless lists of where I wanted to be, what I looked like, how my house was decorated, who were my friends, etc. I narrowed down my list to a few items that I wanted to accomplish right now then I’d go at it. To this day, I still make lists.

I gotta say, writing down your goals is the most important and powerful means of attaining any desired outcome.

I can honestly look back and see that I’ve always achieved the things I wrote down. And, as I think about some of my endless lists, I remember writing down a goal about 10 years ago that said something to the affect of Run a marathon by age 40. I’ll be 40 in February. I find this fascinating because I totally forgot about writing down that goal until today, when I did something else that would cause me to be a little bit more accountable.

What I did was tell someone else about my goal. Of course I had already told my wife and children I intend to run a marathon; I had also told my mother and one of my co-workers. But, today I told the boss’ wife (and she’ll undoubtedly tell the boss).

I don’t know what compelled me to tell her, but doing so made the necessity of achieving my goal even more critical.

I mean, to me, nothing would be more embarrassing than to have the May 31, 2009 Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon in San Diego come and go, and for the boss or his wife come in and say, “Hey! I thought you were gonna run a marathon…”

The quality of the person you tell goes a long way toward goal accountability and achievement. So, make sure you tell someone who, in your life, will really stick it to you if you slack off–a family member is not as likely to do so.

So, here’s my two tips for goal accountability:

  1. Write it down
  2. Tell someone important


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  1. Harry said, on March 31, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Great tips.

    I’ve been recently using a goal setting app called GoalsOnTrack and it has worked very well. It saves me a lot of time in keeping track of my goals and most importantly it helps me better organize my daily todos towards achieving my goals. You may want to check it out.

  2. said, on April 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Vilken asball site! Jag har läst alla dina texter!

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