Success Through Accountability
January 1, 2016 I will celebrate 7 years as a non-smoker. I quit January 1, 2009 after smoking for the better part of 25-years. Over that time period, I quit time and time again only to pick the habit back up after days, weeks or sometimes months.
But, this time it was different. This time something strange happened. Now, let me preface this by saying I had my open heart surgery in May, 2009 so I had already quit smoking. I joke that the lack of nicotine was a real shock to my system and sent me under the knife.
Obviously having had heart surgery is quite a motivator to not pick the habit back up. But why did it work this time? Why has it “stuck”? I believe it is because I had accountability partners to get me through the tough times. I had people who were supporting me in my quest to quit. And, it all happened by accident.
When I decided to stop smoking I posted it on Facebook. I don’t know that I was really into the word “accountability”, but I wanted to put it out there so I couldn’t back out. About a month before my “date” I posted it for all my friends to see. Almost immediately, I got this tremendous groundswell of support—it was truly overwhelming.
As the appointed day arrived, January 1, I posted something along the lines of “I am now a non-smoker”. Like, like, like, like, like…all my friends were liking this post and giving an amazing amount of support.
A few days later I wrote something along the lines of, “Celebrating 6 days without a cigarette”. Again, the response was more than I could ever have imagined. People were commenting on how I was inspiring them and “you’ve got this” and things like that. It was sometime around then it occurred to me: I wasn’t just quitting for me—now, I couldn’t let them down.
Talk about pressure.
There was no way I could’ve given in when the cravings and urges struck. I had too many people depending on and supporting me.
Unbeknownst to me, I had created my own accountability group and together we quit smoking.
Together. WE quit.
Do you have an accountability partner or group who can help you get through something you’re going through?
How about as you set your goals for 2016? Do you have someone or a group of people who can hold you accountable? It’s a powerful force when you are working for someone other than yourself on these things.
Get someone—anyone to be your accountability partner as you tackle your 2016 goals. Whether they are financial, physical, emotional, spiritual or whatever. Find someone to “ride along” with you on this journey.
It’s been proven that having someone go to the gym with you makes it harder to talk yourself out of going.
How can you use that motivation to make 2016 amazing?