This is a popular time of year to set new goals, and establish new habits. But too often, those goals and habits are forgotten before Spring! Don’t give up this year! This could be your year to make it happen, and here is one great tool to help you get there:
An accountability partner is someone who will keep you in check and make sure you reach your goals. They can be a family member or friend or a business colleague, but whoever you choose to be your accountability partner, make sure to come up with a plan.
You should have regularly scheduled meetings with your accountability partner, I recommend weekly in person or phone conversations to go over everything accomplished the prior week, and then setting a timeline and task list for the upcoming week. In addition to the weekly meetings, I recommend a daily email relationship to check in with your accountability partner.
The whole purpose of having an accountability partner is to set you up for success, accomplish your tasks, and reach your goals. Make sure that you give some sort of penalty in the event you don’t complete what you said you would. For example, each week at your meeting, you and your accountability partner together can assess goals with prizes for getting there the previous week penalties for not getting there. Here is a suggestion: If you meet for a meal, you have to buy dinner if you don’t meet your goals. But if you complete all your tasks that week, your accountability partner buys dinner or you get 20 bucks, or whatever. It has to be enticing enough to make you want to achieve your goals. So make it personal, it doesn’t have to be money related if that doesn’t drive you to get your stuff done.
Accountability partners are good for anything you want to achieve; it could be a gym partner to keep you accountable to your workouts, a nutrition coach to keep you accountable to your food journal, Or could be a business accountability partner keeping you accountable for things you want to achieve in your work life. This can apply to really anything you struggle with, whether it be relationships, behaviors, like smoking for example, basically anything you really want to be better at.
If you don’t have someone in mind to do this with you, a friend or family member, you can always hire a coach to help you out. I offer those services quite reasonably and you can find more about it here.
Whatever you resolve to do in the year 2014, I encourage you to do whatever it takes to get there. Stay the course, stay focused, hire some help if you need it, and see it through to the finish line! Make 2014 your best year yet!
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