Do you find yourself struggling to accomplish your goals?
One of the most important things to consider when setting goals are accountability. Research indicates that reporting or publicizing your progress largely affected goal attainment (Benjamin, et. al., 2016). When you introduce accountability into your goal setting plans, you have a better chance of reaching everything you set out to accomplish. So, how do you stay accountable for reaching your goals? One way is an accountability partner. An accountability partner helps you keep your commitment toward your goals. Here are some ways that having a partner that you can report your progress can help you achieve your goals:
An Accountability Partner Encourages You to Keep Going.
As you work toward achieving your goals, setbacks will occur. An accountability partner helps you stay focused and prevents you from getting completely off-track. Your partner is your cheerleader. They help you stay motivated and committed to reaching your goals. When you feel challenged, your partner encourages you to see the big picture and look past temporary delays.
An Accountability Partner Helps You See Your True Progress.
It’s essential that your accountability partner is honest about your progress. A partner is not helping you if they fail to tell you the truth, allow you to make excuses, or tell you it’s okay if you get sidetracked. An effective accountability partner is comfortable to tell you when you’ve lost track of your goals or calling you on your excuses. They will also let you know when you may need to focus on other areas of your goal.
An Accountability Partner Is Inspiring and Gives You Ideas.
The ideal accountability partner is someone who has gone through the process and has achieved their goals. This type of accountability partner is also a mentor. They provide insight and inspiration to help you reach your most significant goals. They are able to help you work through challenges through encouragement and tips that they’ve found helpful in achieving their goals.
Accountability is about taking responsibility for doing what we say we are going to do. We all could use some help. Having someone hold you accountable when working toward your goals can provide the extra encouragement you need to stay on track to reach your goals. An accountability partner is a powerful motivator that can help turn your dreams into achievable goals.