Accountability Partners Make You More Successful
There is an African proverb that says "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far go together". Those words deeply resonate with me because I truly believe that if you're surrounded by the right people you'll be inspired to achieve more.
My accountability partners have not only helped me to stay on track with achieving my goals but have provided me with countless amounts of wisdom and I consider them to be some of my closest friends. Sometimes, I don't feel like doing the work thats necessary and other times I am the most productive person in the world! However, when I'm stuck in between those two versions of myself, my accountability partner helps ignite the fire to keep me motivated and help me stay on the right path.
According to Entrepreneur.com you are 65% more likely to reach a goal once you have committed to another person.
The success rate increases to 95% when you organize ongoing meetings to check in and track your progress.
What Makes a Good Accountability Partner?
I'm glad you asked. There are a few ways to determine whether of not someone will make a good accountability partner to you. A good AP will not only inspire you by the their fruits of their labor but they will also be your cheerleader, motivating you throughout the way. They'll need to have a balance between Drill Sergeant AP and Cheerleader AP. They'll congratulate you when you accomplish even the smallest of milestones and challenge you to go the extra step further.
Your AP Should be Trustworthy and Honest!
The last thing you need is someone who will sugar coat things just to make you feel better. Having someone to give you the honest truth is pivotal to your growth and in reaching your goals. Your AP should be someone who isn't afraid to tell you when you're wrong and when you need to change your behavior. You need to be able to take constructive criticism, if you aren't willing to hear feedback you will never evolve!
Your AP Should be Empathetic & Vulnerable
We all know change isn't easy and there are times that you may not reach a goal by the time you have set for yourself and that happens! Be sure to remember to give yourself grace and be proud that you are doing what's necessary to alter your lifestyle and to achieve your goals. Your AP should be understanding if life events get in the way or if you need to alter your deadline. Sometimes circumstances are out of your control and that's life, having an AP that is empathetic when those situations arise helps builds trust and understanding and can create a stronger bond in your relationship.
An AP that is vulnerable and transparent about their journey will help you feel that you aren't experiencing the hardships alone. I know when I see someone else persevering and watching them hustle to achieve their ideal level of success, it drives me to challenge myself that much more.
Organize Check-In Meetings
My girlfriends and I have a meeting once a month to make sure we stay on track. We gather on Google Meet and discuss whether or not we were able to complete the tasks we set for ourselves the month prior. We also help one another with resources and share network, advice, and education to prevent one another from making mistakes we've made in our own businesses.
If you need something more frequently, organize something with your group of friends either weekly or bi-weekly. Keep a calendar and create an open doc for meeting notes so that everyone can access their list of to-do's in order to get their tasks done.
Hold Yourself Accountable too
Your AP shouldn't be doing all the work! You need to hold yourself accountable too!
You need to be making sure that you're doing the work that's necessary to achieve your goal. To make it fun, create an incentive program for yourself and reward yourself in your love language. You should be loving yourself daily, but when you meet that goal try and elevate it a little. For example, if your love language is physical touch, treat yourself to a massage at a spa or if its gifts, go buy yourself something nice. You've worked hard and you deserve to be pampered, its all about creating balance!
You can also create a vision board with specific images that keep you inspired and make you subconsciously think about and manifest your desires. I personally keep my vision board right next to my desk. When I have writers block or feel uninspired, I stare at it to remind myself that all my hard work is worth it and will help me get everything on that board.
Other ways your can keep yourself accountable is by keeping a journal and maintaining a calendar. Update the calendar with new deadlines and add the parameters of your goals to help you stay on track.
Apps to Help You Out
There is literally an app for everything now a days and these apps can help you stay on the right path.
Stickk-- is a commitment platform with tools to help you achieve your goals. You pledge a certain amount of money and bet on yourself. If you reach your goal you get to keep your money and if you don't your money goes to a cause that you're not so found of.
Coach.me is a free app that helps you track your habits. You are also able to book coaching sessions through the app and they will help hold you accountable during the process. If you're interested in becoming a coach you are able to sign up through the website and can start helping others.
I'm not going to lie and tell you that everything will be all fun and games. The truth is, the journey won't always be easy and there will be days that you will want to quit but when you have the help and support you need it becomes much easier. Choose someone or people you can trust and someone you are inspired by. Don't allow anyone to coach you or become your accountability partner if they aren't willing to put the necessary work in for themselves. By their fruit you will recognize them.