Why should I join some online challenge accountabilty group? How does that help me in the real world? I don't even know those people!
All good questions. I discovered last December, I NEED that accountabilty. My family loves me no matter what. My husband is an adoring man. I don't do my workout because I let myself get distracted, he loves and adores me anyway. Saying it in front of total strangers and putting it on the Internet where it will live forever. Now, I felt obligated to follow through.
Even in private, secret groups where only a limited number of people can see it, if one person saw it. That was enough, you can delete the post, but you can't make people unsee things. Deleting it doesn't make it go away.
I put myself out there. It makes me uncomfortable. Success always comes from discomfort and I know this. I lost 90 lbs because I put myself out there. The struggles and the victories! I put it out there that i reached my goal and then regained some of that weight back. It was only 15 lbs, but it still sent me in a tailspin!
I have been able to stop that madness because i belonged to accountability groups! It allowed me to get out of my own head and see the issue from an outside perspective. Make my own smart choices about what is best for me going forward!
Getting the feedback helped, but you know what else I needed? To cheer others on! To remind someone that they matter! Saying, "Stick to it because you matter!". Caring about other people means something to me. Giving the moral support can be just as uplifting as getting it.
There are actual studies that show that kindness with no expectation of anything in return makes you happy AND healthy! Physically and mentally healthy! Who knew?
What does that have to do with YOU? I don't know. You can decide that for yourself, but if you're still reading, you know it is something. I run these challenge and accountability groups and I love it. I will admit that part of what made me want to be a beachbody coach is those groups! I was already running a group, participating in a few others. My personal experience tells me what a huge role these groups play in so many success stories. The platform doesn't matter and really, neither does the weight loss or fitness plan. People are socially driven! We thrive when we surround ourselves with positive people who aren't going to judge us harshly! We feel connected, like we have discovered our tribe! At least that is always how I felt. Emotionally safe!
How about you? Do you belong to groups like this? If you have, how did you feel about it?