I don’t think there was a better way to spend my Saturday evening than on a Zoom call with a glass of champagne in hand and chatting to my friend and accountability partner. Honestly, it was so much fun chatting, connecting, brainstorming, collaborating, and mapping out where we both want to be and how we are going to get there.
If there is anything I preach regularly is that if women come together, we go further. And there is so much truth to that. Women are a powerful force and imagine the power when we all come together.
After the call, it got my thinking. Why does no one talk about the importance of having an accountability partner? If there is anyone that is going to help you on the road to reaching your goals, it’s going to be your accountability partner. Someone that understands your goals is on a similar path as you and supports your journey and pushes you to go further. These are the people you need in your life.
An accountability partner is someone that is on a similar path to you, and they are someone that has your best interests at heart. They motivate you just as much as you drive them. It’s most certainly a two-way street, and so much good can come from it. This person is also nonjudgmental, gives you honest feedback, and believes in your ability to achieve your goals.
Instead of doing things alone, you have someone to bounce ideas off or someone to encourage you when you are feeling demotivated or unsure of yourself. This person is going to help you grow in every possible way when it comes to mindset, goals, aspirations, plans, and more. We are often so focused on building a brand, business, or working towards a goal that we forget the importance of having someone in your corner to cheer you on and for you to cheer them on.
How can you hold yourself accountable
Set goals for yourself
Don’t be afraid to write down your goals. If anything, the moment you put pen to paper or fingers to your keyboards, things often start feeling more real and a lot more possible.
Break your goals down into steps
The mistake many make when setting goals is that they focus so much on the end goal that it tends to feel unattainable but, the moment you break those goals down into small everyday steps, that anxiety you are feeling subsides, and things feel a lot more achievable.
Give your goals a set time to which you want to achieve them
Set a goal and give yourself a date to which you want to achieve that goal. When you give yourself a time frame to achieve that goal, you tend to push a lot harder, work harder, and make sure they happen.
Hold yourself accountable
This is something I have become very strict about. If I say I am going to do something, I make sure I do it and hold myself accountable. We all have days where we don’t feel like doing much, and that’s ok but, when you find yourself making plans, setting goals, and invariably postponing or making excuses as to why you can’t do them, its time to start holding yourself accountable.
Create a list
I know many don’t like lists but, I think if done properly they can be super helpful. Create a daily list and month list. And as you tick off things on your daily list, and monthly list, you will end up feeling so productive and so motivated because you see all you have completed. Give them a try. You will be amazed.
Have zoom calls or coffee dates with your accountability partner
Having a zoom call to check in with your accountability partner will also push you to hold yourself accountable and get things done. And having two Boss Babes brainstorming and motivating each other is defiantly going to move you to hold yourself accountable.
Your accountability partner can be anyone you connect with. Don’t limit yourself and think it can only be someone you can physically meet for coffee. Connect with a fellow boss babe online, and one of them can become your accountability partner. You may even find that you have more in common with the powerhouse you met online than with those you see often in your circle of friends at home.
Grab a glass of champagne, whip out your diary or online diary, write your goals down, find your accountability partner, and make things happen. The rest of 2020 can be amazing if you make it amazing.
Char Simpson says
Love this! I have such trouble staying accountable to myself but being accountable to you has already had me parking my excuses and making sh*t happen!