The power of an accountability partner
Whether you’re part of a team or a solopreneur, having an accountability partner can change your world. Adding this one component to your professional life can shift you from just setting goals to blowing them out of the water and always adding new ones. The effects can be dramatic and immediate. It’s a really powerful relationship.
About 5 months ago, I met up with a friend of mine who owns her own dance company. We talked about the challenges of staying on track and working through ideas without someone else to talk to about it. I try to run ideas past my cat but all she does is show me her tummy and though it makes me very, very happy, it doesn’t actually help much. We both needed someone to just check in with, for our own sanity. So, we decided to start meeting once a week for a few hours to check in on goals and get some solid work done. In that time, both of our businesses have catapulted. She’s signing new students up regularly and I’ve continued to increase the caliber of my goals because I keep reaching mine. I cannot express enough gratitude for what this simple relationship has done for me.
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This is what you need to know about finding your accountability partner:
What is an accountabilibuddy? It’s someone who you can be honest with about your goals and the steps you’re taking to reach them so you can be held accountable for your actions.
Who makes a good partner? Friends and co-workers make great accountabilibuddies. It’s best to find someone who is driven to reach their own goals so you can help them on their path too. I recommend finding someone who you respect and trust but not someone so close that knows your every move.
How does it work? It’s very simple but highly effective. Find a regular time to meet or chat. Put it in your schedule and honor that time together. Set your big goals and break it down into bite-size chunks so you see what you need to do each day. When you meet, share what you were able to accomplish and what wasn’t tackled. Gently seek an understanding of why certain goals weren’t met.
How often should we meet? However often you need to but I recommend at least once per week. This will keep you on track and reduce the amount of slump days.
Why does it work? When you have someone you trust, you’ll be honest about what you’ve accomplished and what got left undone. Your buddy shouldn’t make you feel bad for not tackling everything but having to report back will make you aware of what isn’t being finished. It also feels great to vocalize what you have accomplished. It will push you to keep setting new goals so you can chase that high each week.
Do you have an accountabilibuddy? Share your experience with us!