Having accountability partners in life matters. We are halfway through 2022, do you still remember your New Year’s resolutions? How many of them have you achieved? According to The American Society of Training and Development, people are 65% more likely to meet a goal after committing that goal to another person, and their chances of success increase to 95% when they have accountability partners on their side.
Accountability partners matter!
Goals and commitment are one thing, but accountability is another and is crucial to sustaining long term success. Accountability is about taking ownership and having the responsibility for your action and desired outcome. An accountability partner is someone who shares the goals you want to achieve. Together, your accountability partner can help you review and evaluate your goals and plans, stay focused, eliminate excuses and reduce distractions, monitor progress and celebrate your achievements as you hit those milestones.
Who can be a good accountability partner?
It could be your best friend, a family member or a colleague. In addition to cheering you on and helping you stay committed; I believe one of the most important criteria for the accountability partner would be a person who isn’t shy about challenging you and holding you accountable when you are slacking or getting distracted. The accountability partner must have your long-term best interest in mind. A certified coach could be your ideal accountability partner who is dedicated to your growth and fulfillment, and better yet, it is much easier for your coach to be objective and fair since the coach doesn’t have any legacy relational or emotional history with you and your circumstances.
Four benefits of having an accountability partner:
Set, review and evaluate goals and plans
Having an accountability partner helps you clarify what you want, crystalize your whys and identify the ways to get it. Writing down the SMART goals with your partner is the first step to realize your goals and dreams.
Stay focused and improve productivity
Having an accountability partner doesn’t only help you stay focused but also helps you grow in self-control and improve how you manage yourself, growth and improvements. With a good accountability partner on your side, you are much more likely to stay focused and committed so you become capable of evaluating your progress objectively, removing excuses and minimizing distractions. Once you see the fruit of your dedicated effort, your inner motivation will catch on fire resulting in an increase of your commitment and productivity for reaching your goals.
Measuring progress is essential because it helps you prioritize tasks and estimate the time frame to accomplish each milestone, and it also gives you the right data and insight to make necessary adjustments to your plan when needed. According to American Psychological Association, the more you monitor and track your progress, the greater the likelihood that you will succeed. In addition, your chance of success increases dramatically if you report your progress publicly, which illustrates the importance of having an accountability partner.
You celebrate birthday, anniversary, end of school year and graduation for your children. When was the last time you celebrated any milestone or achievement in your own life? Many successful people work so hard and achieve much in life; yet they go on with a routine life, continue to work with little joy and passion without taking the time to acknowledging or rewarding themselves for their successes along the way. Does that sound familiar? Having an accountability partner on your side helps you stay on track, and furthermore, provides you with a partner to celebrate your success along the way. After all, life is a journey, and you will benefit from a cheering partner, it goes a long way.
If you have goals you want to achieve, challenges you try to work through, visions and dreams you want to crystalize into tangible actions, let me be your coach and accountability partner.
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About Faye Weng
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Faye Weng is an expert life and career coach who works with clients to take back control of their lives by rediscovering their passions, living/working with a clear purpose, and becoming people who can positively impact the communities around them. As your life and career coach, Faye will help you minimize noises and distractions, focus your effort and attention on the right things, execute a clear plan of action, and celebrate alongside of you when each milestone is reached. Click here to book a complimentary session.