By now, the David Goggins book, Can't Hurt Me is in high demand. I highly recommend investing in this book, which is the most inspirational story I've heard in a long time.
In the book he talks about the Accountability Mirror.
Goggins was born into rock bottom and throughout the course of his life he battled back, but got knocked back down to rock bottom several times. He is a lone soldier who had enough courage to battle against all odds basically on his own. The David Goggins Accountability Mirror is one of the tactics he used to overcome failure.
Any time you have doubt or meet a crossroads on your journey to achieving your goals, stop and take a look in the mirror and be honest with yourself.
Are you really giving your best effort?
Are you truly committed to achieving your goals?
Are you being true to yourself?
Have you been making excuses or taking shortcuts?
The only person that knows the answers to those questions is you.
We can all lie and tell a story via social media, but the mirror doesn't accept those lies.
Keep it real with yourself.
If you're not holding yourself accountable, leave notes on your accountability mirror and read them every day. The more checkpoints you keep on yourself, the easier it is to stay the course and follow through on you goals.
This is definitely something I'm going to utilize.
Other ways you can hold yourself accountable are to email yourself before you go to bed at night. Keep it short and sweet- "before you do anything today think about your goals and ambitions and take action toward them."
Turn your phone off at night and leave a post-it note on it to read before you power it on in the morning. Write down a message that reminds you of what's most important to you.
"Earn your meals"- I've written about this one before, but it can relate to anything. You want a big juicy steak for dinner? Earn it with a heavy and hard training session first. Striving to compete at the next level? Earn it by showing up to every workout/practice 20 minutes early to improve weaknesses.
You can also make a commitment to workout with a training partner bright and early in the morning bc you know you'll make an excuse to miss it after work. Choose your training partner wisely. If they're good, they'll hold you accountable to show up.
Look, in training, in sport, in life... moving forward requires work. A lot of work. We all need to be held accountable if we expect to reach goals and make progress. Whether it's the accountability mirror, a friend, your spouse, whoever or whatever... keep those checkpoints in place.
There are so many distractions and temptations that can derail you.
Overcome them with accountability checkpoints.
Anything you can do to stay committed to your goals is worth a shot.
Dominate Another Day.