If you’re struggling in your business, or are simply craving some extra support, an accountability partner could be the next best step for you.
In this post, I’m going to let you know exactly what an accountability partner is, as well as why you need one!
What is an Accountability Partner?
Never heard of accountability partners before?
While I’m sure you get the gist of it, an accountability partner is simply someone you meet with regularly to help with setting and achieving goals and providing support and feedback.
While these partnerships often occur in business circles, anyone can benefit from having one – to have support and mentorship when it comes to parenting, health, fitness, or just life in general.
Accountability partners can either be peers – a friend, teammate or fellow business owner – or trained, professional coaches.Accountability partners can either be peers – a friend, teammate or fellow business owner – or trained, professional coaches.Click To Tweet
There are benefits to both, so it’s important to think through the pros and cons of each.
For instance, while it’s free to have a peer accountability partner, you’ll need to be prepared to invest time in providing support and feedback (in addition to getting support).
A professional coach, on the other hand, will cost you; however, you’ll also get 100% dedicated support for you and your business, every time you meet.
There is no right or wrong choice here – just what’s right for you, at your stage of life or business!
What are The Benefits of Having an Accountability Partner?
If you’ve never had an accountability partner before, it can feel like just another thing to add to your to-do list.
This is why it’s important to consider all the potential benefits of having one. The following are 4 reasons to find an accountability partner…ASAP!
1. They’ll Help Identify Weaknesses You May Not be Able to See.
When you’ve been in business for a while, it’s easy to lose sight of your personal and professional weaknesses.
But a good (honest!) accountability partner will be there to give you a gentle but firm kick in the pants, and help you tackle those weaknesses head-on!But a good (honest!) accountability partner will be there to give you a gentle but firm kick in the pants, and help you tackle those weaknesses head-on!Click To Tweet
As the saying goes, “To become stronger, you must first face your weakness”.
This is so true, and an accountability partner can help make sure you’re taking concrete steps to mitigate those weaknesses…or even turn them into strengths (yes, it is possible!).
2. They’ll Hold You to Your Goals.
It’s pretty easy to set goals. But achieving them? That’s a whole different story.
I’ve seen a statistic that says people are 65% more likely to meet a goal when they are accountable to another person.
And research also seems to indicate that when you have a specific accountability appointment with that person, your chances of meeting your goal jump all the way to 95%!And research also seems to indicate that when you have a specific accountability appointment with that person, your chances of meeting your goal jump all the way to 95%!Click To Tweet
This doesn’t surprise me! We’re wired to want to see ourselves as people who do what we say we’re going to do.
Whether you meet with your accountability partner once each week or once per quarter, he or she will check in to find out if you’re on track to meet your goals (and you’ll do the same for them).
While it’s definitely possible to track your goals on your own, having someone else check in your progress is a sure-fire way to make sure you meet them – even if it means you’re tackling those goals in the hours leading up to your meeting!
3. There is Always Someone There to Encourage You.
Running a business can be HARD.
But when you have an accountability partner, there’s always someone there to support you and help you muster up some motivation – which let’s face it, we all need sometimes!
When things get tough, your accountability partner can remind you of your past successes, and encourage you to keep pushing ahead.
And this can be invaluable to a struggling solopreneur!
4. They’ll Offer You a Different Perspective.
As an entrepreneur (especially if you don’t yet have a team), it’s easy to get stuck in your own head.
It’s also common to make decisions on your own, since you may not always have colleagues or teammates to bounce ideas off.
This leads to what’s called a silo mentality: the propensity to make decisions without consulting anyone else.
When you have an accountability partner, however, there is always someone there to talk through your ideas…and to tell you if you’re about to make a monumental mistake.
And this could save you a ton of time, effort and frustration!
So…Are you ready to find an accountability partner? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments below!