Goal setting is one of the most effective means of achieving success. Whether you’re working on a personal goal (weight loss, for example) or a professional goal (increasing your sales), having a clearly defined path can help you reach your target. For further motivation, many people look for an accountability partner to help keep them on track. What are the benefits of using an accountability partner?
According to research, people who want to have accountability partners and use this method are 65% more likely to reach their goals. For the individuals who set up regular check-ins with their partner, the numbers sky-rocket to 95%.Having an accountability partner can significantly increase the likelihood you succeed.
The right accountability partner will keep you motivated when you lose sight of your goal, help you move past setbacks and cheer you on when you make strides towards the goal.
Who do you know who would make a great accountability partner? Here are the traits you should look for.
For a successful accountability relationship, your partner needs to be intimately involved in certain aspects of your life. Sharing your goal with someone means opening up about your struggles in an area, giving them permission to ask questions and discover information about you that few people would typically have access to. Ensure that the person you select as an accountability partner is trustworthy, so you don’t have to worry about them sharing this information with others.
It is essential that you and your accountability partner have mutual respect for one another. One of the motivating factors in having an accountability partner is not wanting to disappoint the other person. If your accountability partner isn’t someone you respect, chances are you won’t be bothered by failing to work at your plan. A sense of mutual respect will help the relationship succeed.
Ideally, your accountability partner will be invested in your success. Look for someone who may have the same goals you have, who understands the specifics of what you’re trying to achieve. You’ll benefit from having someone who has been through the same struggles you’re going through and can help you navigate the road you’re taking.
Ensure that the person you select as an accountability partner is accessible. You should have regular check-ins with your partner, and they should be reachable if you need motivation or encouragement.
Accountability partners aren’t for everyone, however. Depending on your personality, you may recoil from the idea of having another person so entangled in your life. It may be challenging to open up to another person about your goals and struggles, and you may be tempted to alter your goal rather than be honest. Don’t be afraid to try having an accountability partner. If you find that accountability partners don’t work for you, find another means of working towards your goal - don’t give up on the goal.
Picking an accountability partner is challenging. The right person will be a mix of cheerleader, drill sergeant and adventurer. Much like Goldilocks during her encounter with the bears, your accountability partner shouldn’t be too soft or too hard. They should challenge you just enough to keep you moving forward. Who can you ask to be your partner in success?
Give your employees the tools they need for success by offering programs on goal-setting and learning how to use accountability partners effectively. The team at My Big Idea™ has experience working with companies just like yours - ask us how we can help!
Michele Bailey is president and CEO of Blazing Agency and My Big Idea®. These two lines of business work congruently to support her clients’ success.