Already this year, I have read many blog posts, Facebook “notes”, and Tweets by friends who are posting their “To-Do” lists for 2011 out there for all to see. It got me thinking about accountability. Is this the reason we post such things online?
Recently I had a friend complete the P90X program, and he posted every day about the workout he had done that morning. His reasoning? “If I post about it, I have to keep doing it and I have to finish or my friends will see that I failed.”
Are we more likely to accomplish goals, both personal and professional, if we use social media like Facebook and blogs to set and track our goals? Like anything else, revisiting those goals on a regular basis increases our likelihood of success. In the social media world, that means posting our progress regularly – daily or weekly. If we don’t share them, are we less likely to meet those goals?
Don’t discount the social aspect of it either. What about feedback from others? The reason I hire a personal trainer isn’t for the workouts necessarily. I could easily find the routines I need to do online or in a fitness magazine. I hire one because I know he’ll be at the gym waiting for me (which sometimes means I have to get off the couch and venture into the cold!), and also because of the support – because he pushes me beyond what I think I can do alone. Hearing “c’mon Amanda, just two more! You can do it” is somehow just what I need to get me through.
Is social media the same way? My friend, Charlie, has posted his 2011 “To-Do” list on his Facebook page and invited over 300 people to join the group. Every day, words of support and encouragement from his group members are posted. I haven’t talked to him directly about this, but I surmise that this feedback is going to keep him going, keep him accountable, and will make him more productive in accomplishing his goals.
Having trouble getting to that “goal weight” or accomplishing a lifelong goal/dream? Try setting a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time Bound) Goal, and then posting it on your blog or Facebook page. Not only will your friends/followers know what you’re doing, but also they’ll learn more about you and share in your successes along the way.
I challenge you now. If lack of accountability has been keeping you from reaching your goals, remove that obstacle and get going! And don’t forget to Tweet!