Having an accountability partner is a great way to deal with the challenges of staying on track with goals, action plans, personal effectiveness and productivity. Here are 10 reasons to have an accountability partner.

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10 Reasons To Have An Accountability Partner

10 reaons to have an accountability partner

Having an accountability partner is a great way to help you get on track and stay on track with achieving the goals and results that matter most to you.

It can help you with a whole host of things like successfully dealing with challenges and setbacks; creating change that lasts, implementing action plans, improving personal effectiveness and so on.

But in addition to the practical and obvious benefits of having an accountability partner, there are also many other benefits that are often overlooked.

Here are some often overlooked but valuable benefits of having an accountability partner:

10 Reason To Have An Accountability Partner

1. Dealing with feeling overwhelmed – with everything that you have to juggle in your personal and professional life, it can be easy to end up feeling overwhelmed with it all. Having someone to talk it through with helps you to work out ways to address those feelings, find solutions and get unstuck.

2. Having a sounding board – having someone to bounce ideas, problems and challenges with brings new perspectives, ideas and solutions.

3. Keeping you motivated – it can feel hard to keep motivation and momentum going on your own. Having an accountability partner helps maintain motivation and momentum which will keep you moving forward.

4. Highlight your blind spots – an accountability partner reflects things back to you that you can’t see for yourself. That is invaluable because sometimes we might not see how we are getting in our own way. Also, we might not always be aware of things that are impacting our goals and results. Having someone highlight your blind spots will help you set yourself up to succeed.

5. Stay focused – there are so many distractions that can derail your progress and results. A good accountability buddy will spot this and help you avoid distractions and stay focused on what matters most.

6. Honest feedback – many people are surrounded by people who tell them what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear. This is not helpful. A good accountability partner will give it to you straight. Getting honest feedback is invaluable for improving and achieving better results.

7. Have a cheerleader – this is especially valuable during difficult times, when confidence is low or self-doubt creeps in. Having someone who picks you up and is cheering you on will help you keep going. Also, 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 progress along the way. A cheerleader reminds you that you are making progress toward your goals.

8. Emotional support – you are a human being, not a machine. We all need emotional support from time to time. An accountability partner is a valuable resource for helping you with emotional support when you need it.

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 more awareness around your goals which you can use to set yourself up to succeed.

10. Have fun – sometimes the seriousness of life and work becomes all-consuming. That can start to drag you down. Having more fun as you work on your goals and the results you want to achieve boosts energy and motivation. Yes, you have serious work to do but having an accountability partner you can have fun with will make it more enjoyable.

There are so many benefits of having an accountability partner, from both a personal and professional perspective. It is a great way to set yourself up to succeed to achieve your goals and get the results that matter most to you faster, easier and consistently. 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.

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  • Ali, have you been reading my mind? I really need an accountability partner– a real person — and not a daily email reminder, a goal chart, a vision statement, deadlines, etc. But finding one? Can’t wait for the next installment.

    Can you remind me to come back to read it? 

  • Thanks for dropping by. Good to see you here.

    I have an accountability buddy myself. It works a treat. So many benefits on so many different levels. Hope you enjoy the next installment.

  • Wise words, Ali. Mine is actually my husband, who also runs his own business as a one-man band from home, therefore we act as each other’s accountability partners.

  • Me and my husband do that too. He is also a great sounding board when playing with new ideas.

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  • SharonGreenthal

    I am fortunate to have my husband as my accountability partner. Because I trust him completely, I feel safe confessing my mistakes and slip ups, as does he with me.

  • Sharon, same here.

  • paulakiger

    Great points about accountability, Ali! It’s true for athletic/fitness endeavors too so I can see how/why it would apply in other areas!

  • Hi Paula, I think it can apply for any activity or area of life, work, and even relationships too.

  • Glenda Harrison

    Great points, and I couldn’t agree more!

  • Hi Glenda, delighted you enjoyed it. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  • rcknrllmom

    Great idea! Maybe it is what I need!

  • I have always found it very powerful to have an accountability partner.

  • 1010 Park Place

    This is one of the best posts I’ve read. I never thought about an accountability partner, but it makes a lot of sense. Thank you, Ali.

  • Thank you Brenda. I am delighted you enjoyed it and got something useful out of it.

  • Darlene Berkel

    I had an accountability to get me moving with my Facebook group. It felt so daunting at first to start one. But my accountability partner kept me focused and motivated until it was up and running and had its first members. Having an accountability partner is just wonderful.

  • Darlene, thanks for sharing your experience. That is fabulous. Congratulations.