If you want to grow your business you need an accountability partner. I can say, hands down, having an accountability partner has helped me tremendously with growing my business.
What is an accountability partner?
Their main job is to hold you accountable for what you say you are going to do. They don’t tell you what you should do, although they may give suggestions if the path you’ve taken isn’t working. The most important thing is they are someone you trust and will not let you slide in your excuses. When you say you are going to do something, you do it and if you don’t then they call you out on it, respectfully, of course.
The relationship I have with my accountability partner was gentle at first as we were feeling each other out. I met her during my coach training and we decided to pair up. Over time we learned more about each other and then we slowly were more honest with each other and started calling each other out on our excuses. There were times I didn’t like it but I needed it. When you believe the excuses you’ve created to keep you small it’s a bit unsettling when someone else tells you to cut that sh!t out. But, it’s also really fun to have someone in your corner who is honestly cheering you on and supportive of your goal and is there to celebrate your little and big wins.
Finding an accountability partner
This can be a friend, acquaintance or stranger. Look into your network and see who is working toward a goal that you would like to partner up with. One thing to look out for is someone who is going the same speed as you. If you move at a slower pace you may feel behind if your partner seems to be moving much faster than you. Or if you move at a fast pace, you may be annoyed your partner is lagging behind. Just something to consider.
Question to ponder over: Who is in your network of friends, family, co-workers, or business colleagues you can talk to about partnering up?
Setting up the rules
Oh, yes, there needs to be rules so get them out in the beginning. It’s also fine to figure out the rules along the way. Some questions to get you started:
- How do you want your partner to hold you accountable?
- When you do not make your goals, how do you want them to respond?
- How are you going to communicate: daily, weekly, monthly?
- And how? Email, Skype, in person, over the phone? Pigeon mail?
Daily? Weekly? Monthly? Yearly? Pick what works for you. With my partner, we set up four categories for our weekly goals.
What MUST get done that week.
It’s not a primary yet but getting there and you’ll get to it after all the primaries are done.
Occurs all the time, such as send out newsletters or upload blog posts
Because you do have a life happening as well.
You can email your list back and forth, share a folder in Google Docs, Dropbox, or some other type of document sharing software. This is just a guide to get you started and you can make changes as they are needed.
How do or will you use your accountability partner? And how have or can they help you?