How to Stay Accountable with Food Goals, Maybe you’ve decided to cook dinner every night or to get to the gym on Monday morning. How many times have you gotten to the point of implementing the new habit or behavior change, and simply thought, “eh, not today”.
When you know exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it, but it still just isn’t working, accountability is the last piece of the puzzle that will get you to the finish line.
The 2 Types of Accountability You Need to Reach Your Health Goals
So, now that we know how important staying accountable is, how do we actually do it?
I’m going to show you how to build accountability with yourself, and how to create accountability with others so you can follow through on your health goals.
We first and foremost want to stay accountable to ourselves — internal accountability. When no one is around to see you or acknowledge your actions, internal accountability is the little push that gets you out of bed when you’re cozy and craving that bit of extra sleep.
The tricky thing here is that some people naturally have a lot of internal accountability, while others don’t naturally have as much.
Those who don’t have as much will need to practice cultivating more of this for themselves. For example, members of our Mindful Nutrition Method™ program go through exercises right when they join that help them build a stronger sense of internal accountability.
However, even when developing a stronger sense of internal accountability, for those who don’t have as much natural, that’s where external accountability is really helpful.
External accountability means staying accountable to others. When you know someone else is checking in with you, supporting you, and eager to hear about your progress, you almost feel a sense of obligation to follow through for them.
A relatable example of this may be team sports. Growing up, did you find it easy to always show up for your sport’s practice because your team and coach were expecting you to be there? That’s external accountability.
This external accountability is often missing from so many people’s journeys because it’s something they have to seek out and ask for, either with a friend or professional.