Drum roll, please. The answer to achieving a goal is…


You know me and what I always say – KNOW YOUR NUMBERS! And some of my favorite numbers are statistics, because they tell a story even better than the rest.

While feverishly Googling the other night, I came across this:

“The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you have a 65% chance of completing a goal if you commit to someone. And if you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.”


Accountability is the answer.

If you are a business that wants change and you hire someone to come in and consult or teach or train and they give you the actions to take and then they walk away…what is the likelihood you will follow up and actually IMPLEMENT the changes?

You paid money for someone with the knowledge you needed to come in and share. You took employees and executives out of their office in order to learn. You moved toward the steps to make changes by allowing outside intervention.

You looked at the actions and you thought one of three things…

  1. We can’t do all of this OR we can’t do all of this right now and it was completely pushed to the back burner.

  2. We can try to do this and you made the best effort you could, but without someone on your side helping everyone get on the same page, you just didn’t succeed.

  3. We CAN do this, but we need SUPPORT.

Be a #3!

No big move is without some growing pains and without someone to help you stretch those out, you are going to cramp up and stop moving. Set a goal, dream a dream, but make sure you put accountability around it all.

One of my clients recently said, “Ivy, I have a love hate relationship with you. I hate that you continuously keep me in an uncomfortable place. And I love that you keep me in an uncomfortable place. You continuously hold my feet to the fire in the commitment I have made to myself.”

As we grow as leaders, continue to learn, train, and implement, make sure you are holding yourself accountable to the commitments of growth.