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The Easiest Way to Get Your To-Do Done!

Ever notice that most of us have no trouble honoring commitments we make to others, but often fail to honor commitments we make to ourselves?

I sure do. In fact, one of the biggest reasons my clients hire me is to help them stay accountable to their goals. For some reason, just telling a person who cares about you, what you will do, increases the likelihood you will do it.

I experienced this myself this past weekend.

I love walking outside. It nourishes me emotionally, as well as physically. But I hate cold weather. And for me, anything below 70-degrees is brisk. So when the temperature drops below 45-degrees, I head for Planet Fitness, even though I never achieve the psychic benefits that walking in nature provides.

Until now.

Last week, after complaining to a friend about my aversion to winter walking one too many times, she made me promise that I would go for a short walk outside over the weekend. Little did I know when I made the promise that the temperature on walk day would drop to a bone chilling 9 degrees! And yet, because I promised my friend I would walk, I put on my long underwear, double mittens, hat, scarf and neck warmer and walked (or waddled!) outside with my cold-loving dog, Gracie, for 20-minutes. Yes, it was chilly, but I was fine. Better than fine, actually, I was invigorated. And since no one besides Gracie was around to witness my arctic achievement, I took my first selfie to send to my friend!

Selfie

And here’s the thing. I’m quite certain that if I had not promised to walk outside, I would have stayed in my comfy yoga pants and fuzzy sweater and missed the moment altogether.

As my positive psychology teacher and friend, Louis Alloro says, “It may not be easy, but believing it’s hard doesn’t make it easier.”

Now it’s your turn:

  • Think of a to-do you’ve been putting off.
  • Pick someone who cares about you. (Pick Me! Pick Me!)
  • Call, email, or text that person and promise them you will do your activity by x date.

Then let the magic begin.

So dear one, tell me:

What helps you stay accountable to your goals?

11 thoughts on “The Easiest Way to Get Your To-Do Done!

  1. Janet Falon says:

    Very sage idea, Cheryl. And I love the image of you all layered up for the snow! Your posts are reliably useful and I appreciate them.

    1. Cheryl Rice says:

      Thanks, Janet. You are one of the sages in my life. And I am grateful.

  2. Jill says:

    Very good reminder! I , too, dislike the cold very much and have avoided my walking. 🙁

  3. Cheryl Rice says:

    Well we will just have to take a walk soon, Jill!

  4. Jessie says:

    I venture out for a walk every day no matter what the weather is. I don’t like the cold either but it is actually invigorating and when it’s as cold as it was this past weekend it feels like an adventure!! The only problem is it takes me a good half hour to get all my layers on :-). Thanks for the reminder/tip for acheiving our goals – accountability! – Jessie

    1. Cheryl Rice says:

      Wow, Jessie. You’re my cold weather warrior friend. I’m impressed. Yes – “adventure” is a good word for it. Thanks for inspiring me.

  5. Michael says:

    An accountability partner can make a work of difference when it comes to achieving our goals. If you are serious about achieving your goals, Cheryl is one of the best partners you could choose.

  6. Cheryl says:

    Thanks, Michael. You have certainly been a wonderful friend and accountability partner for me at times. And I know your coaching clients must feel the same way.

  7. Helen says:

    This is awesome! you got me lady!

  8. Elise Chripczuk says:

    This is a wonderful article! Thanks for posting!

    1. Cheryl Rice says:

      thanks, Elise.

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