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Old City Goal Setting Method: Accountability

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What’s Your Type?

Almost everyone is driven by others or self. Some people are both, a few people are neither. “Who” you are will greatly determine how you react to a certain accountability strategy.

Do you know how you respond to a promise or commitment? What’s the most effective way of holding yourself accountable towards something?

Are you more accountable to yourself or to others?

Not sure what that means?

Gretchen Rubin is an expert in habit creation and she has a quiz that I HIGHLY recommend everyone takes.

This is a quiz that will help you figure out where your true motivation lies, and once you understand what actually makes you tick, you can set up a support framework for achieving your goals!

If you don’t have time for the quiz and just want to cut to the chase, here’s a super fast summary:

I, for example, am an “Obligor” and have little-to-no self-driven willpower. I stopped making new years resolutions YEARS ago because I never follow through with them.

Other people make a commitment to themselves and it’s as unbreakable as an oath of fidelity in the great lands of Westeros.

Depending on your tendency, here are some accountability #protips for you to try for each area:

Obliger (meets outer expectations, resists inner expectations)

If you’re an obliger, your success in achieving your goal is directly tied to how much external accountability you can put on yourself.  A few ideas:

  • Announce to the Community Group that you have a specific goal.
  • Find a training partner or a gym accountability partner (don’t have one, ask the Community Group on Facebook!)
  • Join a Gym (I hear Old City CrossFit’s pretty sweet)

Questioner (meets inner expectations, resists outer expectations)

Questioners need to know ‘why’ they’re doing what they’re doing. They’re motivated by sound reasons and logic. Once that logic is satisfied, nothing can get between them and their goal. Some ideas for a Questioner:

  • Email your coach and ask for the reasons behind a specific training cycle – we love answering this question, and you’ll start to see more of the ‘why’ discussion on each of our Daily WOD Blog Posts
  • Connect with your personal ‘Why’ and create goals around that

Upholder (meets both inner and outer expectations)

If you’re an ‘Upholder’ it’s probably pretty easy for you to create habit change and motivate yourself. Upholders likes to know expectation and likes to meet them. Here are some upholder tips:

Rebel (resists both inner and outer expectations)

Rebels are pretty rare, and they tend to want to do what they want to do at all times. They rarely impose expectations on themselves. Rebels are motivated by freedom and choice.

If you’re a rebel, focus on the enjoyment of the now and how the now will move you closer to your goals:

  • Workout because of how it makes you feel – you love the rush of energy after an intense training session, or focus on the pride you take in overcoming a difficult challenge.
  • Make a big list of all of the things you need to do to accomplish your goal. Each day you wake up, do anything from that list you want and feel like doing.
  • Also – if you’re a Rebel, you’re probably not going to be taking advice from a silly blog, so ignore everything I just said and just do what you were going to do anyway.  😉