This post was made in collaboration with Chase Freedom Unlimited. All opinions are my own.
It’s been four months since I set a goal to take figure skating seriously again. To be honest, it hasn’t been easy. As with any goal or task, it’s so important to hold yourself accountable and stay strong. Easier said than done, right? We all know what it’s like to say we are going to save an extra $100 a month, then see a cute workout outfit online and want to hit “add to cart” right away! Or, say we are not going to eat out more than once a week but make a quick stop at Chipotle. Holding yourself accountable is hard! I want to share how I stay accountable to myself whether it’s a goal for work, finances or in this case, figure skating.
Outsource Your Accountability
Everyone is wired differently. Some people can hold themselves accountable with just mental notes. Other people need someone to report to or check in on them. I’m more like the former but have a little bit of the latter. Thanks to my collaboration with Chase Freedom Unlimited, my cash back credit card and my goal of becoming a better figure skater, I’m holding myself accountable by producing these blog posts and publishing them. It’s one way for me to avoid making excuses if I want to skip a skating session.
Outsourcing your accountability could be the key to your success. I know quite a few people who know what workout they need to do, how many times a week they need to do it and so on, yet, they hire a personal trainer. Why? It’s someone they can be accountable to. He or she prevents them from flaking and not showing up, and that forces them to hit the gym.
Are you trying to save money for a winter vacation? Maybe you are saving for a new piece of furniture. Budget how much you need to save each week and check in with yourself. Maybe find a friend who is looking to save for something similar, and each week you can both chat about how much you’ve saved so you can stay on track.
Make It A Priority
It’s harder for me to make excuses when things are scheduled. I schedule in my figure skating sessions so that Johnny and I don’t miss them. Then, I have a practice plan for when we’re out on the ice. Johnny has a set of figure skating moves he has to practice, and I have mine so that we don’t waste time.
You have to make your goals a priority. Do whatever it takes. Write them down, schedule them into your calendar, and set alerts on your phone. Your goals will not be achieved naturally. If you need to, remind yourself of the end goal. I always get an extra spark of motivation when I remember why I’m doing something.
Speaking of my end goal, I’m excited to share things are going well. Of course, there have been ups and downs in my skating journey. Thanks to my Chase Freedom Unlimited card, I’m able to earn 1.5 percent cash back on every purchase. Whether I’m buying ice time, compression socks (these were much needed) or paying for gas, I’m always earning on every purchase. I’m actually saving all of the cash back I’ve earned so far for something that’ll help me toward the end of my goal later this winter. I’m excited to share soon what that’ll be, so stay tuned! I know many of you will enjoy it!