If you’re having trouble sticking to your goals and/or staying motivated enough to complete them, I highly recommend you sit down now and get to thinking about who might be a great Accountability Partner for you.
Why Do I Need An Accountability Partner?
Living in the 21st Century is not easy. We live in a fast-paced, 24/7, missed-it-forever-if-you-actually-got-a-good-sleep kind of world. As a result, we each get pulled in different directions – not just at our arms and our legs, but at our fingers and our toes.
So much is now required of each and every one of us that it seems nearly impossible to be able to accomplish anything, whether it be trying to start a business, going to the gym so many times a week, preparing your tax documents, looking for a new job, following through on those New Years resolutions or attempting to realize your dreams.
With this kind of a struggle, how do you keep from being immobilized? How do you stay motivated, much less actually get anything done?
What you need is an Accountability Partner.
What Is An Accountability Partner?
An Accountability Partner is someone who “has your back”; someone you answer (or “account”) to; who completely understands your goals and can motivate you; someone who checks in and says “Hey, did you go to the gym this week? Better get on it!”; someone who isn’t afraid to ride you pretty hard – if necessary – to get results.
Who can be an Accountability Partner? Really, an Accountability Partner can be anyone, but most importantly it has to be someone you trust; someone who understands (or can understand) your goals almost as well and as deeply as you do; someone who will make the effort to touch base with you on a consistent basis to ensure you’re working toward getting the results you want; and someone who can push you or disagree with you and be taken seriously.
I can’t stress that last part enough. Your Accountability Partner has to be someone that can push you and disagree with you (in your best interest) and be taken seriously, as opposed to just being brushed off or ignored.
That means your Accountability Partner likely cannot be your spouse, a significant other, a sibling or in many cases even another family member. It can’t be anyone with whom an intimacy or a strong emotional bond is attached (where that emotional bond carries a kind of currency that can be affected by the relationship you have with this partner). In many ways, your Accountability Partner is your business partner. Your business, in this case, is you and your desired achievements. I strongly recommend you follow this bit of advice.
Furthermore, if you have multiple goals, then you’ll want to ensure you don’t load the accountability for them all on one partner. It’s okay (and probably necessary) to have a different partner for any given goal or pair of goals.
It may also be worthwhile to be an Accountability Partner to someone else. However, I would recommend not being one for the same person to whom you account.
Remember To Stay Motivated
So, if you’re having trouble sticking to your goals and/or staying motivated enough to complete them, I highly recommend you sit down now and get to thinking about who might be a great Accountability Partner for you.
Everyone should have one.
Have you already got an Accountability Partner? Share your experience in the comments below.