When it comes to personal growth or business growth there's always a need for accountability. Setting goals and then holding ourselves accountable for hitting those goals sounds easy enough. But is it?
For years I talked about putting together an online real estate investing course. I started and stopped many times. Over and over again. It wasn't until I found an accountability partner, that it actually happened.
Getting back in shape, writing a book, increasing income, starting a business, whatever the goal may be, it's easy to procrastinate. As someone who has had coaches, and who also coaches others, I can't emphasize enough how beneficial it is to have additional support through accountability. Holding yourself accountable is great but finding an accountability partner could be even better.
Here are some tips for finding and working with an accountability partner.
Working with an accountability partner doesn't have to be a long dragged out process. Check-ins can be as short as a 5 minute phone call. Share your long term big picture goals and then each week share what you got done and what you're working on the next week.
People are busy. You might have a full time job or kids. Pulling yourself away to meet for coffee isn't always possible. Quick check-ins are very effective. This will also lead to less "rain checks". Knock it out, celebrate your progress and set knew goals.
It's important to always communicate with your partners. Yet, if we are only turning to them, sharing our struggles and weekly obstacles could sound like nagging half time. When it comes to your spouse, its already stressful enough if you have kids and trying to run a business. There's a million other things running through your mind to talk about like what's for dinner, washing clothes, emptying the dishwasher, weekend plans etc. They could also be telling you want you want to hear, not what you need to hear. This could unintentionally kill your progress.
Find someone who has achieved what it is you want to achieve and do what they did. It's not rocket science. Someone who has been there and done that understands what you are going through. More importantly they understand how to get where you want to go.
For the past 8 years I've conducted over 4,000 + one-on-one coaching sessions. What I've learned is that accountability, support, and encouragement are just as important as the "nut and bolts" on how to flip houses.
1. Keep it short. Touch base 2 times a month. Celebrate your wins and continue to set new goals.
2. Find someone outside of your immediate circle. They will give honest feedback. Remember, if you are the smartest person in the room, it's time to find a new room.
3. Follow a formula that works.
I often speak in the context of business, but this can be applied to anything. Workouts, family goals, giving back to your community, you name it! Remember, when you get an accountability partner, you also become one! You get what you give. Rising tides, raise all ships! Helping other people achieve their goals can be just as rewarding (if not more) as hitting our own. Treat others how you want to be treated and watch the exponential results explode!
I'm here to help. If you'd like to know how to have me as an accountability partner, CLICK HERE.
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