Therein lies the problem. When no one is there, I don’t care. No one is paying attention. I don’t feel accountable to anyone. The few strangers that randomly give me props don’t mean anything to me. We haven’t built any type of relationship. They don’t know me at all. So, their praise is empty. Who cares? It really isn’t enough for me to have some list reminding me to perform some behavior. The empty checkmark isn’t enough to prompt me to take action. The empty bar chart doesn’t make me feel bad enough to take action. I can always justify why I wasn’t able to perform that behavior. I can always rationalize that I will “do it tomorrow” or “next week”.
So when you want to make a lifestyle change stick, let someone know that you are signing up to do just that. Even better, find someone who will make the lifestyle change with you. There is nothing like accountability to keep you on track. We don’t want to let down a friend or partner who is counting on us. We don’t like to admit or explain our failure. Try it with your next lifestyle change and see how it works for you.