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Ready or not, 2019 has arrived. How are YOU holding yourself accountable for your resolutions this year? We get it – accountability is hard, and not always fun. But it is also necessary, which is why we’re here to help!

Think about what you want to accomplish this year. Keep two things in mind – simplistic and realistic. Your goals do not have to be extravagant and complex to be worthwhile. If you have a large goal for this year, break it down and make it measurable so that you can evaluate yourself along the way.

Follow these 5 simple steps to keep yourself accountable:

Write it down or sign a contract
Pretty simplistic but we honestly can’t stress it enough. WRITE IT DOWN! Once it’s on paper it becomes a real goal and not just something in your head. Take it a step further and post it around your desk at work or on your bathroom mirror so that you have to look at them every day. Write yourself a contract and have a witness sign it if you really want to get serious. It all begins here!

Tell someone about it and schedule check ins.
You don’t have to do this on your won. Tell someone what you are up to and ask them to schedule regular updates with you. Once you know someone will be checking in with you, it will only be natural to give them good news. A simple text, call or personal message is all it takes!

Go public
Social media can be a wonderful thing! Just ask our marketing manager. It allows us to be connected with our family and friends in an instant. This can also be a great form of accountability! Let people know you’re progressing and how great it feels to accomplish what you have set out to do. Get out of your comfort zone with platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Recruit someone or join a group
There is always STRENGTH in numbers! Everyone has a goal of some sort and by asking your friends or family what goals they want to accomplish, you can join forces. Even joining an online group will help you connect with others who will push you and celebrate your successes.

Put your money where your mouth is
Not literally, but have something of value to you on the line. After all – what’s a goal without a reward? Make sure the reward is reflective of your goal. Big goals call for big rewards, but give yourself the opportunity to earn smaller rewards along the way.

We hope these tips help you start off 2019 with a bang!