Do You Have An Accountability Partner?
Updated: Mar 21
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ALL of us are extremely busy with the day-to-day demands of our work schedules and personal activities. In the midst of being busy, we often lose sight of undertaking the important steps and activities necessary to achieve our career and life goals and objectives.
The concept of being held accountable in order to reach your goals is not a new concept in goal achievement but those that are truly successful very often engage the help of an accountability partner. An accountability partner takes on the role as an encourager and motivator — someone who can help keep you stay on task and inspire you to forge ahead — through the day-to-day obstacles, roadblocks and time-zappers.
The act of accountability serves to assist you along your journey. It requires you to accept responsibility for your actions and to stay true to your commitments. To help keep you committed and totally responsible for your actions and behaviors in reaching your goals, I highly recommend an Accountability Partner, whose only focus is keeping you on your path and providing you the encouragement and support you require along this journey.
Your accountability partner could be a friend, a co-worker, a former colleague or someone who is a co-member with you in an organization. He or she will be your cheerleader along the way who will help hold you to your commitments when you waiver.
The idea is to hold regular weekly or bi-weekly meetings — in person, by phone, via Skype, etc. — with an accountability partner who will challenge, motivate, mentor, encourage and inspire you to achieve maximum results. Knowing that you are expected to report your progress each week and to discuss obstacles and challenges can be motivating and spur action.
Top Three Benefits of Working with an Accountability Partner:
Accountability and Responsibility
Most goals are not achieved because we are not held accountable to anyone to achieve them. An accountability partner can help hold you accountable to reach your goals and monitor your actions to ensure you are on the right path.
Idea Sharing, Creativity and Brainstorming Your accountability partner will come with different experiences, perspectives and ideas that will help you overcome your obstacles and challenges. Having the ability to brainstorm and be creative with another person focused on helping you solve a problem is one of the biggest benefits you will experience from an accountability partner.
Motivational Support Staying positive and motivated is a big challenge for some, especially after the excitement of starting to work on a goal has worn off and the task itself simply becomes work to do. Goals take time, hard work, and determination and results often do not come as quickly as one would hope. This can be very frustrating and causes many to become unmotivated. By surrounding yourself with a supportive accountability partner, you will receive positive encouragement that will likely inspire and stimulate you to move forward.
Andy Robinson, Executive Coach
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