Welcome back I recently wrote about what is an accountability partner and the benefits in my last post. If you missed part 1, you can find that Here. Today I am going to talk about finding an accountability partner and finding one that is right for you. If you want things to change you need to establish a habit of making accountability work.
Having the right accountability partner sometimes means finding a person who has similar goals, who wants to make changes in their life, or who needs to be held accountable. Your goals are the same as you each want to help the other person succeed. It’s a win-win. Sometimes people have the best intentions to be an accountability partner and will check in with you but when life happens, it’s easy to lose sight or let it slip to the commitment you have made. That is why it is important to set up a time to talk, text or meet every day or week (depending on what works for you) and your partner.
When you have a partner that needs you, you are dedicated to be in it for the long haul. You have a better chance to stay on track, because you will be able to help keep each other focused on where you want to be. Think of it like when you need to meet that friend at a certain time to go walking every day. You might not want to get up, but you know your friend is counting on you to be there.
You should have a connection with your partner and it helps to chat about what has been going on in each other lives. But remember to also keep in mind that when you do talk, that you’re also making a plan of how you are going to achieve your goals and not just chit-chatting away. Make a plan with your partner when you need to have follow-ups. Sometimes you find someone to be your partner but may feel like you are not moving forward. If that is the case, you might need to rethink the partner you have chosen to help you meet your goals.
Where to Start
When we think of an accountability partner we think of a spouse, significant other, a friend, an online partner, an accountability group.
A husband or significant other might be a good choice for some. It is great to tell your loved one of what your goals are and the action steps you have listed to help you reach your goals. If you think your husband is the person who will help you stick to your plans and keep track with daily conversations, then that is great. Others may find that a husband (or significant other) might not be the right choice for them. It might be too easy for them to let you off the hook, or you might be afraid to disappoint them.
If you choose a close friend, that friend might just drop you messages to help keep you focused. You can also find a friend online. Some people look online for an accountability partner because they don’t have a person that they think would help them achieve their goals. Many of us today have created friendships through similar interest groups we belong to on Facebook or blogging. It is not uncommon to mention that you are looking for an accountability partner in a group or even in a blog post. These friends can help you realistically make a plan of how to manage your tasks and make them attainable.
Everyone has their own commitments. It might not always be easy for someone to follow-up with you like you may need. One friend might be able to contact you daily, while another may only be able to contact you weekly.
There are all sorts of groups that people belong to for organizing, decluttering, planning, blogging, online courses, exercising, etc. In these groups, people gather for advice, tips, support and motivation.
It’s nice to be part of a group so you don’t feel alone and can ask for help from others if you need it.
It really depends on the type of accountability you need to reach your short or long term goals that will help you stay focused and moving forward. Sometimes you might go through several people or groups before finding the right one. Finding the right fit is not always as easy as some would think. But if you’ve found the right accountability partner…..it’s worth it because it will help you achieve your goals.
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