I think every Self Employed Professional should have one.
10 Reason To Have An Accountability Partner If You Are Self Employed
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 and getting unstuck.
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 are running a business, 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 we are running a business doesn’t mean we 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 are Self Employed and 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. In the next post, we will explore 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.
In the meantime, please feel free to share your views and experiences on this subject in the comments section below.