Accountability is the hardest tool, I think. Consistency takes discipline, data takes time, but accountability takes a lot more. To truly be accountable, you have to be willing to quit putting lipstick on a pig and be brutally honest about what you're doing. That takes humility and guts. But it's a powerful tool so its worth it.
An easy way to incorporate accountability into your wellness is to go public. Why do you think so many people start fitness blogs, Twitter handles, join online forums, or exercise in groups? They know that simply having an audience will encourage (or shame) them into following through on their goal. And more times than not, that audience will celebrate your victories, help you get up when you fall, and motivate you when you're not sure you can do it. I started this blog back in 2008 for accountability, and I've done more than I ever imagined I could.
But there are some pitfalls - when you're looking for an exercise buddy or cheering squad, make sure you're not just getting an enabler. For accountability to work, you should have mutual interests, a positive attitude towards each other's goals, a real desire to change, and dependability. If the person you pinky-swore on New Year's Eve to exercise with every day this year hasn't shown up for a workout yet, and as a result you haven't shown up for a workout yet....well you see what I mean. That kind of buddy can do more harm than good.
Accountability can be a tough pill to swallow, but if you're serious about your wellness you'll look into it. Don't be afraid to go public with your goals. It can add an entirely new and unexpectedly wonderful aspect to your wellness that can be a springboard to amazing things.
Your audience is waiting for you!