How to Stay Accountable to Your Life Goals & Achieve Success

Now is the perfect time to set new goals. But how often do people actually stick to their New Year’s goals and resolutions?

According to a study by Strava, roughly 80% of people fail to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions and will abandon these goals in the first couple months of the new year.

Another study found that over half of New Year goals are health related.

So, how can you beat the odds and commit to your goals in order to make positive change in your life?

That’s what we’re going to talk about in this blog, and it all starts with goal setting.

New Year's Resolution Failure Rate

Goal Setting and Accountability

Research across the board puts proper goal setting as the primary reason why people either quit or continue on with their goal. When you know how to set goals in a realistic and strategic way, you will increase your likelihood of accomplishing them.

Benefits of Goal Setting:

  • Gives you a sense of purpose and accomplishment
  • Helps you facilitate positive change in your life
  • Increases your likelihood to achieve desired results

How to Set a Goal

Set yourself up for success by breaking your goal down into smaller objectives with action steps to achieve each milestone. Start with the SMART goal formula, which will help you organize what you want to achieve in a proven system.

SMART Goals:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timeframe 

The Mindset of Accomplishing Goals

Once you set your goal, then you need to tend to it. You can’t expect to be successful without putting in the work. Here are a few tips to shift your mindset for setting and accomplishing goals:

  • Make your goals non-negotiable
  • Don’t just try, do - take action regularly
  • Think like a finisher - see your goal through to the end
  • Know the difference between a valid reason and an invalid excuse*

*When taking the 52 Hike Challenge, an injury or illness is a valid reason to delay your goal whereas not having enough time is an invalid excuse.

Now that you know how to set goals, let’s talk about the top 10 ways to see them through. Keep reading to discover 10 Tips to Say Accountable to Your Goals.

10 Tips to Stay Accountable to Your Goals

How to Stay Accountable to Outdoor Goals

#1) Set your goal and prepare for success

When setting your SMART goal, ask yourself these questions:

  • What is your goal?
  • What are the key objectives around your goal?
  • What is your timeline for accomplishing the goal?
  • What resources do you need to be successful?
  • Who can help you stay accountable to your goal?
  • How will you adapt when unexpected challenges arise?


#2) Write it down

Once you know the parameters of your goal, make it official by writing it down. Research shows that when you put pen to paper, you are more likely to complete tasks and accomplish goals. Extra accountability points if you share it with someone.

Share that you are committing to 52 hikes by posting it on social media using one of our 2022 downloadable images.

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#3) Take action steps

What do you need to do each week to get a step closer to your end goal? Map out action steps for reaching it. When you break your goals down into smaller objectives, the overall goal becomes more attainable.

At the 52 Hike Challenge, there’s a reason why our slogan is “one step at a time.”

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#4) Share your goal with someone you trust and look up to

Take your accountability a step further by confiding in someone else. Tell them about your goal and invite them to check in with you about it. One study found that you are even more likely to follow through with your goal when you share it with someone who has a “higher status” thank you.

We look forward to telling you all about our new 52 Hike Challenge coaching program below!

Share Your Goal With Someone You Admire

#5) Include a friend or family member in your goal

You don’t have to do it alone. When the commitment is shared, you are more likely to follow through. A scholarly article by the Journal of Health Communication calls this “the buddy benefit.” It states that buddy support, especially related to weight loss, will increase your likelihood of success.

Hiking is fun with friends and family! A 52 Hike Challenge signup package is the perfect gift for a loved one. Together you will experience the life changing benefits of 52 hikes together. 

Sign Up For The 52 Hike Challenge 2022

#6) Schedule time for your goal

We know you’re busy, which is why we encourage you to set time aside just for you and your goals. Put it in your calendar, set reminders and say no to plans when you need to. When your goal is a top priority, “I’m too busy” is not a valid excuse.

If you thrive on organization and planning, set a day of week and time of day when you will take a hike every week. After a while, getting outside will come naturally to you.

Reminder To Get Outside

#7) Join a community that will empower you

Find likeminded goal setters who are working to achieve the same goal. You will love the support of a community, and you will be empowered by all of the resources and comradery that comes along with it.

The 52 Hike Challenge provides resources and local chapters, Facebook groups and support systems so you are never alone on your journey, even if you are taking the challenge solo.

Join a Hiking Community

#8) Track your progress

Stay on top of your goals by tracking your progress. This practice will show you how far you’ve come and encourage you to keep going.

For the 52 Hike Challenge, we love tracking hikes using the AllTrails app, and we even have our own resources on our website. Download our hiking log and track your hikes to earn rewards.

Track Your Hikes - 52 Hike Challenge Journal

#9) Celebrate your successes

Reward yourself for your hard work. Give yourself a prize after reaching a milestone. For example, treat yourself to a nice dinner when you reach the halfway point of your goal.

The 52 Hike Challenge rewards you for every 10 hikes you take. Use our Hikes Check In tool to stay accountable and score perks!

Celebrate Your Accomplishments - Hiking Log

#10) Work with a coach

When you sign up for a challenge or you want to make a change, you need the right support system. Have someone guide you along the way. Depending on your goal, you might work with a coach, trainer, therapist or counselor.

At the 52 Hike Challenge, we want to see you succeed! That’s why we created our new 12-week coaching program. Keep reading to learn more.

The New 52 Hike Challenge 12-Week Coaching Program

Transformation Through The Outdoors Coaching Program

Step into a more meaningful and fulfilling life with our training and coaching.

With our new coaching program, you will gain:

  • Mental & Physical Well-Being: Find peace, stress relief and a work-out! By the way, did we mention the views?
  • Connection & Adventure: Get away from screens to bond with loved ones and yourself. Have fun and explore places you never imagined!
  • Courage & Confidence: Gain more hope and come alive!

Group Coaching for Your Outdoor Goals

Transformation Through the Outdoors Group Coaching Program

This new program gives you access to 12 weeks of group coaching with the 52 Hike Challenge co-founders Phillip and Karla every Tuesday at 5PM Pacific Time from 1/11/22 - 3/29/22.

We will be teaching you:

  • Outdoor fundamentals
  • Tools for building confidence and motivation
  • The mindset to accomplish any goal you desire
  • And more!

Learn more and sign up now!

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