Having an accountability partner is a great way to deal with the challenges of staying on track with goals, creating change that lasts, implementing action plans, improving personal effectiveness and productivity.
Apart from the practical benefits mentioned above, having regular moral and emotional support gives a great boost as you navigate a way forward.
10 Reason To Have An Accountability Partner
1. Dealing with overwhelm – it is easy to get overwhelmed with everything that you have to do. Having someone to talk it through with helps you to work out ways of reducing overwhelm, prioritising, getting unstuck and keeps you moving forward.
2. Having a sounding board – having someone to bounce ideas, problems and challenges with brings new perspectives, ideas and solutions.
3. Keeping you on track – it can feel hard to keep momentum going sometimes, can’t it? Committing to a third party, what you are going to do by when, will help you to stay focused and on track.
4. Highlight your blind spots – you can’t always see how you are getting in your own way. An accountability partner can reflect things back to you that you can’t see for yourself. That is invaluable.
5. Kick your butt – we all need this from time to time! A good accountability buddy will know when to call you on something or if a butt kick is in order!
6. Pick you up when the brown stuff hits the fan – an accountability partner helps you navigate your way through challenges and problems.
7. Be your cheerleader – all too often we are so focused on everything we have still got to do that we forget to take a step back and celebrate the progress being made. Having a cheerleader on your side boosts motivation and feelings of achievement.
8. Emotional support – this is so often overlooked. OK, you have a lot to do, but you are a human being, not a machine. We all need emotional support from time to time.
9. Create awareness – the more awareness you have, the better your choices, decision and actions will be. The discussions you have with your accountability partner will create awareness in bucket loads.
10. Have a laugh – just because you have lots of different roles to juggle with your life and work doesn’t mean you can’t have a laugh and make it fun. Lightening up and having a giggle with someone boosts energy and motivation.
There are so many benefits that the list could go on and on. So if you don’t currently have an accountability partner, I highly recommend sorting one out.
If you don’t know how to go about doing this, don’t worry. Read How To Find An Accountability Partner . This article explores how to go about finding the right accountability partner for you and how to set up a framework and structure that works for both of you.