You need an annoying treadmill partner.

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You know what I want to write about right now?

Nothing.

No, seriously.

My brain is fried.

It’s completely gone.

I wish it was Friday.

Anywho, that doesn’t matter.

You know why I am writing?

You.

Yep, you, reading this right now, you’re the reason.

You see, as I sat down to write, it wasn’t because I was feeling so hunky-dory and had to tell you about my awesome story today, but rather because I had someone to be accountable to.

But as soon as I started writing, like right now as my fingers are crankin’ across this keyboard, I am feeling relieved.

Why?

Because I stayed accountable to what I knew I was supposed to do.

You see, the thing is, you aren’t going to “feel” like doing a lot of stuff.

There are days when the last thing you are going to want to do is be accountable to a promise that you made to someone or yourself for that matter, but what makes you stick it out anyway?

The fact that your future self will thank your current self for being accountable.

We all know that there is power in numbers.

I think mentally, we all associate higher numbers with greater value. Well, in most things (not in terms of your romantic partners, don’t misquote me, people!)

That is not to say that if only one person subscribed to my blog, I wouldn’t find them important enough to be considered my “accountability.”

No, not at all.

However, I am saying that it is of benefit to us to have people and community in our lives, outside of ourselves, that pushes us to keep our promises and meet our goals.

This goes for so many different things in life.

I can’t even tell you how many times the clock was racing by me and I felt like my day was just too busy to take the time to write, until…that text message.

The one that said, “Hey! Looking forward to your blog today!”

BAM!

And there I am, writing away!

You guys are AWESOME for that, by the way! I am so appreciative of that accountability.

Does accountability get annoying sometimes?

Um, yeah.

It’s like your mom- you know she’s right (that pains me to say) but it’s the fact that she is telling you that you need to do something you don’t FEEL like doing that’s annoying!

I found out how annoying accountability is through my most recent little frenemy, the Nike fuel band.

Essentially, the fuel band calculates my “fuel points” during the day by how active I am! I have it set for a certain goal and if I don’t make that goal, I miss my streak!

I have such a love/hate relationship with this little guy, I want to smash him to smitherines half the time and kiss him the rest.

Not to mention the fact that anyone else in the entire universe who has a Nike fuel band can become your “friend” and see your point average for the day!

A-N-N-O-Y-I-N-G.

But effective.

I mean, yes I could fist pump in bed and get fuel points but that might be a little misleading if I have one toned arm and I always get fuel points after I brush my teeth…

But it pushes me because of the ACCOUNTABILITY associated with it, not the fuel band itself!

Yes, we do all have it within ourselves to do whatever we set our minds to (only with Jesus that is) BUT we were given the gift of community and friends for a reason.

It is when we shrink back from sharing with others our goals that we need their support!

I know we are all scared to verbalize our goals sometimes, JUST IN CASE we don’t meet them. That way, only we know that we didn’t make the cut!

But that’s Satan.

Life, with the accountability of others, is sometimes annoying but SO much more rewarding!

Who keeps you accountable?

Jesus first but who else?

Let others spur you on.

LET them hold you accountable, friend!

Accountability with others requires two but starts with one- YOU!

Don’t knock yourself out of a gift that was designed with you in mind!

Trust me, you need an annoying treadmill partner. You will love them in the long run!

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” -Proverbs 27:17

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