Does anyone know what you’re up to?
Sure, maybe you meet up with a friend for coffee and chat about what’s new in your life over the last month. Or maybe you get drinks and talk vaguely about the big project you’re working on right now.
But does anyone know that you’re planning to write one song per week for the next 6 weeks? Or that you’re trying to go to the gym every other day? Because if you don’t tell anyone, chances are a lot higher that you won’t follow through.
Having an accountability partner makes a HUGE difference in your success.
There are so many ways to do this. You can have one accountability partner for all areas of your life, or have one person you talk to about health, one about creative endeavors, and one about relationships. Whatever works best for you. Set up a call or a meeting every other week to talk about the nitty gritty of what you’re working on. Discuss the specific deadlines or amount of time you’ll spend on these bite sized goals. If you know that you’ll have to tell someone you failed to do something, you have a much higher chance of succeeding!
I personally have video calls with my accountability partner every other week. We typically talk about business/creative endeavors, but we also sprinkle in some mindset and personal topics. I’ve been sticking to my goals, and I know it’s only because I don’t want to deal with the embarrassment of telling my friend that I didn’t do what I said I would. Sometimes the fear of looking bad to other people is just what we need to do better!
In addition to the accountability factor, having someone like this is awesome because they become a cheerleader for you! The two of you can support each other, and celebrate all your little wins that add up to a high performance life.
In fact, I reached out to another friend while writing this post to ask him if he’ll be my gym accountability partner. I was ready to skip the gym today because I’m feeling tired, but I know I’m going to make it now so that I can tell him I did it!