What Is An Accountability Partner?
An accountability partner is someone you confide in about your business. They help to hold you accountable with your goals. They can also be valuable for brainstorming and problem-solving.
In turn, you’ll help to hold them accountable for their goals. You’ll help them brainstorm and solve problems in their business.
There’s a lot of value in interacting with others. You might interact in person or online via email or Skype or something like that. You might interact in a variety of ways.
Simply knowing that there’s someone out there who knows your business and will be checking in on you can make a huge difference in your action taking. You’ll want to have something good to report to your accountability partner!
Since you’ll be sharing personal things about your goals and your business, your accountability partner needs to be someone you really trust and respect. Ideally, this person will be someone who has similar goals and is on a similar wavelength as you.
The Good Things That Can Happen Once You Have an Accountability Partner
Do you have days when you feel like you just can’t take a single positive step forward in your business? You have good intentions, but you just don’t think you can get it all done.
You sit at your computer, look at your to-do list, and feel instantly overwhelmed.
You decide to check Skype and social media sites before you get started working, sure you’ll return to your to-do-list and get it all done later.
But, before you know it, the day has passed you by and you haven’t gotten anything done at all. Ugh, depressing.
You decide you’ll do better tomorrow—you’ll work double-time if you need to. But now, you’re working with feelings of guilt. You’re beating yourself up for not having done a good job the day before.
You start to panic. If you don’t work, you don’t earn. What are you going to do now? You have deadlines you’ve set for yourself and you really want to get it done.
Unfortunately, you repeat the cycle. You’re only accountable to yourself. More often than not, your self-doubt or just plain old procrastination sets in.
Rinse and repeat. You don’t move forward in your business and you don’t achieve your goals. It’s easy to put things off when you’re the only one checking in on your business. It’s easy to put things off when no one else cares whether you succeed or fail.
That’s a pretty negative outlook, isn’t it? Now, let’s talk about the wonderful things that can happen when you get an accountability partner.
Suddenly, you’ll be more motivated to get your work done because you know you’ll have someone checking in on you. That’s often enough on its own to spur you to action.
There’s something really invigorating about knowing that someone is on your team. If you’ve been feeling like your business has gone stale lately, this could be a great move for you.
You’ll be making positive progress and great moves in your business and that’s something that really matters when it comes to your productivity. Make one good move (such as getting an accountability partner) and then it will be so much easier to keep making great moves.
This isn’t to say that the act of getting an accountability partner is the single, one thing that will help you become more productive. You won’t instantly work perfectly and always get everything done on time. You won’t show up to work every day and always feel great. You’ll have a much better chance of doing so, but it won’t always happen.
When things don’t go right and you aren’t feeling your best, your accountability partner can help you figure out what’s going on and what you can do to improve things. They can help you get going when you’re at your lowest. That’s something we can’t always do on our own. It’s truly refreshing to have someone else on your team, even if you’re running your own business.
Accountability partners can also be wonderful for creativity and problem-solving. You can get your best ideas when you bounce those ideas off of others. Sometimes, you’ll have problems that you just can’t seem to find your way around. An accountability partner can help you see around things you’re simply too close to.
If you have the right kind of accountability partner, there are many positive benefits that will quickly become apparent as soon as you get started.
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