“Accountability breeds response-ability” – Stephen R. Covey
How our coaches will skyrocket your habits
It is easy to be motivated when you are planning a new set of habits. However, what usually happens is that slowly your motivation begins to fade as you are repeatedly challenged by your new commitments. After all, no one will know if you choose to skip a day. Fortunately, there exists a straightforward remedy for this typical behavioural pattern. Get yourself an accountability partner!
An accountability partner is a person who keeps track of your habits. This is a behavioural hack. We are far less likely to disappoint someone else, than ourselves. However, it can be very difficult finding a reliable accountability partner. You need to find someone who is willing to invest a considerable amount of time into keeping you on track and someone who is able to give it to you straight when you fail. This is where we come into the picture. We provide you with your own personal habit coach! This blog will look at the 5 key reasons as to why having a habit coach is perfect for keeping your habits on track.
Your habit coach is your personal mentor
Your habit coach will cheer you on daily and remind you of what habits you have left to complete. During these daily check-ins, your habit coach will celebrate every small victory with you as they are invested in your success. Knowing that you have someone who is depending on you to follow through with your habits is an extremely motivating factor. This is largely because if you know that your habit coach is committing their time to make sure that you succeed with your habits and goals, you will feel pressure to not let them down.
In the beginning, you may find it challenging and daunting to start implementing new habits in your day to day life. Having a habit coach can make this transition easier for you simply because you know that there is someone going through it with you every step of the way. Moreover, your coach can help you manage your expectations and give you sage advice on how best to execute your habits.
Your habit coach will keep you honest
If you happen to miss one of your habits you can be sure that your habit coach will call you out. Simply knowing that your habit coach is committing their time to help you succeed and is actively waiting to see proof of your completed habits means you are less likely to make excuses to yourself that lead to ignoring your habits. In fact, you will actually feel more compelled to show up and complete your habits because it is embarrassing to report back that you have not put in your part of the work. In this type of situation, the social pressure of not wanting to let others down can be used as a positive tool of self improvement in our lives.
It’s important to address the idea of cheating by falsifying evidence. You can rest assured that very few people actually do this, because the type of person who signs up to our service is very focused on self improvement. Cheating makes that kind of person feel guilty. Besides, if your coach were to find out, it would be super embarrassing. It’s far simpler to be honest with your habit coach about your mishaps. Ultimately, we are here to help.
The Hawthorne effect
The Hawthorne effect suggests that people tend to display higher levels of productivity when they are aware that they are being observed by someone else. You may have already experienced this phenomena without realising it. For example, when you work out alone at home, you may have noticed that you are more tempted to skip on your sets or give up on the workout altogether. When you are exercising at the gym or with a personal trainer you are far less likely to give up. This is because being observed by other people puts a degree of social pressure on you, whereby you automatically feel more compelled to finish your workout in order to be accepted and approved by others around you.
Being observed by a group of people does make it more likely that you will complete activities, such as working out. However, the best way to increase your chances of completing your habits is by committing to being accountable to one person. Statistics have shown that this can improve your chances of success to over 65%, meaning that you are far more likely to stick to your new habits when you have someone that you regularly need to report to. Having a habit coach will place a healthy level of social pressure and expectations on you to push you to become the best version of yourself by sticking to your positive habits.
Your habit coach will be more effective than a friend, family member or a smartphone application
It might seem like a good idea ask a friend or a family member to keep you accountable. However, there are three notable reasons as to why this won’t work well for either party involved.
1. Friends and family tend to cut you slack without even realising it. A friend or family member may not be strict enough with you because they do not want to upset you or put a strain on your relationship.
2. It may not feel serious or formal enough for you to have a friend or relative keeping track of your habits. This is because you are less likely to care being told off by someone you are too comfortable with.
3. Friends and family have their own lives to live. They may not have the time to invest in tracking your habits as frequently as you need them to.
Smartphone applications offer a solution to track your habits by yourself. However, apps are too impersonal because they are created to be as generic as possible in order to appeal to as large an audience as possible. Consequently, any notifications of encouragement that you receive will be very generalised. These superficial notifications are not enough to encourage you and keep you motivated because you are aware that everyone receives the exact same ones. Robots, don’t keep you accountable, humans do. Your habit coach will tailor their feedback to your individual needs.
Another problem regarding habit tracking apps is that they more often than not get lost in your phones home screen. You might feel a surge of motivation when you first download it and start using it, but it is only a matter of time before it usually ends up ignored at the bottom of your home screen.
Having a habit coach will eliminate all of these problems. As your ultimate cheerleader, a habit coach will get in touch with you daily with personalised reminders and messages of encouragement.
Your habit coach will track all your habits and give you feedback
After signing up for a habit coach, you only have to worry about two things: completing your habits and reporting them back to your coach with evidence. Your habit coach will take care of all the rest, specifically keeping track of your habits and writing up a performance feedback email that you will receive at the end of every week. Studies have repeatedly shown that receiving regular, in depth feedback increases and improves both your motivation and productivity levels. By sending you weekly feedback emails, your habit coach will essentially be reinforcing a positive feedback loop that looks like this:
This habit loop is an integral part of achieving long term consistency with your habits, and, as we know, consistency is one of the major keys to success.
Getting a habit coach is the fastest way to get on track with your habits
To summarise, a habit coach can be crucial in helping you achieve consistency with your habits and goals. Knowing that a real human is expecting you to follow through with your commitments will skyrocket your habit completion rate. Your habit coach will regularly cheer you on, remind of your due habits, track your progress for you and send you helpful feedback at the end of every week. Being accountable to your habit coach ensures that you will be one step closer to achieving your goals every day.