Eyes of Accountabilty

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Eyes of Accountabilty

Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.

A recent Times article detailed the merits of personal responsibility when it comes to making positive changes in your life and the importance of an “accountability buddy.”

The article explains:

Accountability works best when it comes from the outside. You can create accountability by checking in with a friend every day to talk about healthful eating. You’re more likely to exercise if you’ve made a plan to walk with a friend or scheduled a workout with a personal trainer. You can create public accountability by declaring your intention on social media.

How good at you at sticking to your goals, big or small? Have you ever asked a friend or family member to help you stay on track? Whom would you trust with such a task? Do you think scrutiny is helpful when trying to achieve ambitious goals — or does the added pressure hamper the chance of success?

Tell us in the comments, then read the related article to learn more.


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