If your looking to create success in any business or really any area of life, one of the biggest things you can do is create a system for accountability and get an accountability partner.
An accountability partner is a person who coaches another person in terms of helping the other person keep a commitment! So let me ask you….
An accountability partner can come in any shape or size. It could be a paid business coach. It could be a friend from childhood. It could be a random stranger you met on Facebook a few years ago . Whoever it is, make sure they can actually help you accomplish your goal. They should be able to help you stay committed and responsible in reaching your goals.
And as a partner you should be helping THEM stay committed and responsible for meeting their goals.
They push you, you push them!
This could be a study partner or a workout partner. Some form of accountability from another person that would force you to take action towards your goals and dreams.
The act of accountability is to assist you along your journey to success. It requires you to accept responsibility for your actions and to stay true to your commitments. People who are unaccountable make excuses, put things off and never reach their goals. They create a negative energy for the only purpose of deflecting the root cause of the problem… themselves.
If you never have, I’m sure there was a time you had a workout schedule that you never did. You put it off until “tomorrow”. We’ve all been there…
But if had a workout scheduled, and had a personal trainer or person there you’d probably get that workout done….RIGHT? That’s why having an accountability partner can be so beneficial. Coaches, mentors, and trainers can make great accountability partners but I think the best accountability partner is someone who is at the same level as you are, someone who is as equally committed to success in whatever endeavor you are both doing.
It doesn’t matter what it’s for. It could be for school, the gym, work, running, or if you have a home based business. In business, especially if you’re self employed – you should absolutely have an accountability partner and here’s why:
I’m self employed and one of the things that I think we lack most is accountability. Many of us don’t have an office to go to. We don’t have a supervisor to report to. We don’t have to show any what we are doing, our numbers or our results.
We don’t have to! If we take a day off, no one’s gonna know. So with that being said…
One of the key principals I’ve seen successful people do is that they find an accountability partner, a workout partner…they find someone who is on a similar path, similar trajectories, similar goals, and they push you. They don’t allow you to do less than you’re capable of doing, and you do the same for them.
Perhaps its someone in your organization that you’ve met at an event, or it’s someone in your local market. Maybe they’re a competitor, a friend, or romantic partner that you develop a relationship with and you push each other, you hold each other accountable, you challenge each other. You don’t allow the other person to accept less than what they’re capable of. You be that coach that believes in them and they are the coach that believes in you. You check in with each other daily, weekly, monthly, and you hold each other accountable.
This has worked for me and it works very well for many of the successful people who are building their own businesses so I’m sure it will work well for you.
If you have a lot of self discipline you can hold yourself accountable, but if not, may be beneficial to have an accountability partner along the way!
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