Last week I posted a question on my Facebook account, “Is anyone interested in creating a group with me to help each other get healthy?” I have to say, I felt a bit vulnerable putting myself out there like that. What if none of my friends were interested? What if no one else shares my same feelings of inadequacy when it comes to health and fitness?
As it turns out several women were interested and we now have a very active Facebook group. I am confident that together we can find accountability and success.
This experience taught me a valuable lesson. We can always find friends willing to join us in bettering ourselves. Sometimes reaching out is uncomfortable and vulnerable, but in the end it will be worth the risk.
Nearly every popular weight loss plan that I have seen promotes finding a team or a mentor to help you in your journey. Weight Watchers has found decades of success doing this very thing. By meeting in groups once a week, their clients support each other and are more successful.
Why does feeling accountable to others make such a difference? The answer can be found in the dictionary:
accountability – noun ac·count·abil·i·ty \ə-ˌkau̇n-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\
: the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions
When we become accountable to others, we are accepting responsibility for our actions and the consequences that result. Sounds a little like a commitment. When we become accountable to others, we commit. We. Commit.
I don’t know about you but I am all in when it comes to keeping commitments. And when other people know whether or not I followed through, the stakes get even higher.
So yes, I am weak and uncommitted on my own. But with an accountability team I am much, much more likely to succeed. I’m willing to be vulnerable if it brings success!