For the last couple of years, our youngest has been taking guitar lessons. I had been letting him practice on his own thinking 1) he will do a thorough job won't he? and 2) I have already gone through this with my other kids and I am tired. (not a great mom moment for me)
I soon came to realize that the idea of being able to practice on his own wasn't working. As I would sit and listen during his lessons I'd hear the teacher ask him in a very kind way how he felt his practicing went this week. Translation: Did you even practice this week?!?!
A little embarrassed, I stepped up my mom game and decided I needed to take the time to sit with him while he practiced - not every day, but most. This gave him two sources of accountability - His teacher and I. The difference in his music was noticeably improved! When he practiced, he was more thorough rather than taking the easy run through and getting it done, or my favorite excuse "this looks too confusing or hard" so it didn't even get practiced. During his practice now, he receives help and feedback, helping him to reach where he needs to be.
Let's relate this to ourselves as we work on creating a more balanced and healthy life. Having some sort of accountability will help us stick with our goals. We all know we perform better when we have to report to someone. We are more apt to follow through and it helps us to be more responsible. You can find your accountability in a variety of ways, but two of the easiest are asking someone to be your accountability partner or finding a coach/trainer you work well with. An accountability partner can call you to check in, meet you for a workout, maybe you can work together on a meal plan. A coach can help you with those things as well and also provide you with workouts, help you with goal setting and more. Accountability really is an awesome way to achieve your goals. Be creative! What kind of accountability will work best for you? Take some time to figure out how you can be accountable. Enjoy this beautiful Spring!
As always, contact me if you think coaching might be a good fit for you. I would love to be a part of your journey.
Wife, mom and Health Coach. Lover of life and learning. (and my dog Steve)