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The Association for Talent Development (formerly American Society of Training and Development) created a study on the role accountability plays in achieving goals, and found the following statistics:

The probability of completing your goal:

  • You have an idea or a goal: 10%
  • You consciously decide you will do it: 25%
  • You decide when you will do it: 40%
  • You plan how you will do it: 50%
  • You commit to someone you will do it: 65%
  • You have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed to: 95%

The likelihood of getting new habits to stick, of following through on your commitments, assignments and reaching goals is remarkably higher when you set a time to report back to someone on your progress. In other words, return and report to a person or group that is aware of your goal or assignment.

“When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates.” — Thomas S. Monson


Here are the three best ways to increase your accountability and odds for success by up to 85%:

Find an accountability partner

  • A partner who holds your vision, intention and goals with you can help you accelerate your process
  • A partner can hold you accountable for becoming the person you will need to be in order to live the future you intend to create by setting your goals. With your permission, s/he will hold you to your promise and commitment that you made to yourself, and call you out anytime you begin veering off track.
  • Choose a partner you trust, so you can mutually share a deep sense of honesty, openness and authenticity. There is a difference between a “friend” who you can “lean on” and an “evolutionary partner” who holds a space for you to grow into, without “leaning”, but from within yourself…

Find a coach

  • A coach will help you to not only follow a goal, but also create intention: so that you will make intentional choices and take intentional action that is aligned with your goals and vision.
  • A coach has a roadmap, process and tools that will help you CREATE the future you intend to live in, step by step – rather than “just get there”…
  • A coach is not a friend: s/he is not invested in your past, or the (often limited) story of the person you have been. So, a coach can freely commit to your most audacious and bold intention for the “You” that you intend to become and be – without any unconscious relationship dynamic that might covertly inform the way s/he responds to your new choices – even if it’s with the best of intention. Inside of friendship there are shared agreements that might limit what or how you might share with each other, so sometimes it’s really valuable to have someone help you who is outside your life, and can hold a wider perspective with and for you…

Join or create a group

  • A group that holds your vision, intention and goals with you can help you accelerate your process
  • A group that is formed with strong “shared agreements” that foster collective learning, rather than allowing the members to collude in stories of “why it didn’t work in the past”, will be able to create a proactive support structure for you. (That’s what we do in our Calling In “The One”™ and “Grief Recovery Method®” groups)
  • A group that is led by a coach can super-charge everyone’s process, as you have someone who can hold the space for the individuals and the group – and assure that everyone heads in the agreed upon direction of the process, and interacts in generative ways.

What will you do TODAY to increase your probability of completing your goals and intentions?


The Association for Talent Development (formerly American Society of Training and Development)
Calling In “The One”(TM) and Conscious Uncoupling(TM) by Katherine Woodward Thomas;

Vision Boards and Intentional Living: ChristineKane.com
Happy for no Reason by Marci Shimoff;


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