In my former business life of being a personal trainer and Pilates instructor, I would often tell my clients, “you can learn and do this all on your own… what you pay me for is to keep you accountable”. They would often nod, smile and pay for another batch of training.
Accountability is what keeps us true to our word, committed to our vision, and moving in the direction of our desires. When we lose site, don’t’ follow through, and lack the contract connectivity, we have lost all sense of accountability. Often if not all the time, when we lose accountability, we end up hurting ourselves. If you find that repeatedly, you lack the commitment to yourself, to hold your words, for your own greatness to flourish, you may need an accountability partner.
Success rates increase when women exercise with a friend. Why? It gets you’re a** to the gym, to the running course and out the door. Same sentiment holds true for those that are struggling in business to move ahead, follow through and finally create their dreams.
Here are some ways to create an accountability relationship.
- WHO // If you look at your current circle of business friends, which friend is also going through the same scenario. Is there a friend stuck in the murky waters of not following through? Is there a friend that constantly shares her dreams but constantly stops short of moving forward? This is not the person to ask to be your accountability partner. You are looking for someone that is the opposite, that will be your rock. Look within your circle and locate the one person that always nails what they say they are going to do. Which person is a no BS kind of person, lacking sugar in sweet talk and says it like it is? This will be your business and live accountability savior.
- WHAT // You have located your rock star partner and now need to muster up the words to do the ask. “Will you be my accountability partner for 6 weeks, once a week? I value and respect you and need your help”. That is all you have to say.
- HOW // How will this work? Create a 6-week plan of all the things you are going to tackle. And add every little thing business and life related. Share that list with your accountability partner and tell them you have made a commitment to do all of the specified items in 6 weeks. Select a same time, same day, same way agreement so that its in each of your calendars for the entire 6-week timeframe. Ex. 6 pm, every Wednesday for the next 6 weeks.
HOMEWORK // Every single day for the next 6 weeks you will work on each item you noted. If it only 2 min, 20 min or 2 hours, every day you will work towards every single goal. Whether our steps are small or large, it’s important that they always lead in the same direction without any pause. This is the only way you step towards your dreams. Accountability to yourself, and your greatness are just steps away.
Here is a worksheet to walk you through the steps – HOW TO GET ACCOUNTABLE :: VIOLETTE