Every Sunday, I email my weekly goals to my accountability friends. They encourage me when I fall short, and they cheer for me when I reach my goals. It’s empowering.
These women don’t have the same business I do, nor are their goals the same, but we all have one thing in common: we’re on a growth journey.
During the week, I check my goals to see if I’m on course. Often times, I’ve forgotten something on my list, so I make time to fit it in.
When I send my goals the following week, I share which tasks I completed the previous week and which ones I’m struggling with.
This is a type of journaling for me. I save the files from week to week, which allows me to go back in time and see my progress or my lack of progress.
If you don’t have a partner, I highly recommend that you find one.
Benefits of Accountability Partners
- Establishes clarity. When you’re unclear about your focus, you repel others. When you remain constant in what you’re trying to achieve, you attract others. Clarity attracts. Confusion repels. By charting your goals and progress, you can see if your focus is clear.
- Maintains gratitude. Sometimes you’re hard on yourself and expect perfectionism. By seeing your progress, you will become more grateful for what you’ve done.
- Strengthens focus. When you have to share what you plan to do, you show up. Especially if you’re competitive. If I say I’m going to do something, I do it.
- Improves results. Your results will be much higher if you list them and send them to someone. Guaranteed.
Traits that make a good partner:
- Giver. You don’t want someone who will suck the life out of you every week. This shouldn’t take a ton of your time.
- Empathetic. If this person is able to show empathy toward your shortcomings, you will feel validated.
- Encourager. We all have weaknesses. Your partner should see the difficulties in your progress and encourage you to improve without shaming you.
- Positivity. Even if you didn’t accomplish all your goals for the week, your partner should be able to see the positive in what you did perform.
- High achiever. If your partner doesn’t have high aspirations for herself, chances are that she won’t fit into the role of a powerful accountability partner. Make sure that she is working toward success, too.
- Dedicated. If we aren’t committed to making our dreams a reality, they will merely remain our dreams.
- Competitive. This trait may or may not work for you. Sometimes having a partner can feel competitive because we measure our success with others. You might want to out perform her. If it helps you achieve, than good! But stay competitive with yourself first. Not everyone has the same circumstances or the motivation that you have. Work to find what makes you compete with yourself.
- Flexibility. One of my partners sends me her goals on a color-coded Excel spreadsheet. That would take way too much time for me, so I simply list the items I want to accomplish, and send them to her. Do whatever works for you, and accept whatever works for your partner. The main thing is to find a way that keeps you successful.
- Consistent. Just like every new year, people show up at the gym to improve their fitness, but by mid-February, or sooner, they quit coming. You need to find someone who will stay committed and consistent.
What about you? How do you stay accountable each week? What works for you?