Why should you find an accountability partner? Or for that matter, what is an accountability partner? An accountability partner could be a co-worker who supports you in keeping your business commitments or in maintaining progress on your work project goals. An accountability partner is an effective way to motivate yourself and makes it more likely that you will achieve your business goals. But an accountability partner is not a magic bullet. It won’t solve all your problems or make achieving your goals painless.
If you understand that, then you should know that having an accountability partner can make the journey toward your goals gratifying and more seamless.
4 Signs You Are Willing to Find an Accountability Partner
Here are 4 signs that you’re ready for an accountability partner:
- You’re Willing to Motivate Yourself
- You’re Willing to Take Responsibility
- You’re Willing to Be Open and Honest
- You’re Willing to Accept Feedback
Let’s explore each one…
1.You’re Willing to Motivate Yourself
If you don’t know how to motivate yourself already, then it won’t matter how many partners you have – you’ll still struggle. The best way to learn how to motivate yourself is to study projects and tasks you’ve completed previously. For example, when you created your first product, was it the pressure of a deadline that you kept you going? The daily rewards you created for yourself after you finished each task? Study what you’ve done previously. This will give you plenty of ideas on what motivates you.
2. You’re Willing to Take Responsibility
You’re not ready for an accountability partner until you can take responsibility for both your successes and your failures. It’s easy to dismiss your failures as being someone else’s fault or saying that “stuff just got in the way”. But this kind of approach means that you lack the discipline necessary to achieve your goals.
Remember it’s not an accountability partner’s job to change your career trajectory. It’s their responsibility to keep you on task and hold you accountable.
3. You’re Willing to Be Open and Honest
Are you willing to share your bad habits, your deepest dreams and your biggest fears with someone else? Your accountability partner can’t help you unless you’re willing to be transparent.
You can’t hide out from your partner. If you fail to meet a big goal or if you encounter roadblocks that is that is their role to listen, analyze and give you the hard truth. You must be open and honest with your partner if you really want your partnership to succeed. It may sting or make you feel miserable to disclose your faults, but if you cannot, the partnership will not work. It will not benefit either you or your accountability partner.
4. You’re Willing to Accept Feedback
Accepting feedback about your projects and goals from someone else is never easy. It can leave you feeling uncomfortable and challenged. But that’s a good thing! If you’re too uncomfortable to share what you’re working on or won’t talk about your goals, get over it. Otherwise, don’t try to find an accountability partner. An important element of finding an accountability partner is being confident enough to accept feedback. Even if you don’t always agree with what your partner says.
If you find an accountability partner, it can be a beneficial relationship for both you and the other businessperson. But it’s important to remember that you’re making a big commitment when you agree to take on a partnership. That’s why you must be willing and ready to help each other succeed. That is why you need to find an accountability partner.
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