Everyone who has ever done a programme with me knows that ACCOUNTABILITY is KEY!!! I usually set you up with a fellow learner who acts as your very own Accountability Partner. So i thought to quickly share why is Accountability so important and what can you gain from being in an Accountability Partnership.
So here is the low down on the Tool
An Accountability Partner (AP) is someone who helps you stay on track toward reaching your goals and keeping your commitments through their support, encouragement, and regular accountability check-ins. Having regular, ongoing external support and encouragement helps you follow through on your commitments and stay in execution mode.
Your AP will act as your regular “reality check,” and you will act as theirs. You will meet weekly (by phone, Skype, or email) to discuss your progress and your plans for the upcoming week, to make sure your tasks and your goals are in alignment.
An AP is focused on one thing: tangible, objective results. This helps you to experience progress faster and more efficiently. An AP is NOT someone who needs to know your life story, your unique circumstances, or your personal values. Their job is to focus on objective measures to hold you accountable and keep you on track.
Here’s what else an AP is NOT:
- An AP is NOT a coach, counselor, mentor, or advice giver! An AP is NOT someone to talk through your issues and problems with and get advice from.
- An AP is NOT your friend (though sometimes, they may become one!) Their role is NOT to tell you what you want to hear, but to tell you what you need to hear to keep moving in alignment with you goals.
- An AP is NOT your babysitter! They are NOT there to chase you around every week and “convince” you that accountability should be a priority. Your partner should NOT have difficulty reaching you and/or hearing back from you via email or phone.
Having an AP requires an agreement on performance, mutual respect, clarity on goals, effective communication, and commitment to continuous personal and professional improvement from both partners. If you can agree on those parameters and the above explanations, the AP program is a great fit for you.
2) Keys To a Successful Accountability Partnership
1. Take personal responsibility – Accountability begins with YOU!
First and foremost, you must be willing to be personally accountable for your results. True accountability is not forced. It is chosen. Personal accountability means taking behavioural, intellectual, and emotional ownership for the outcomes of what you decide to do or not do. In the end, it is not an accountability partner’s job to change your life. You must completely own your choices, actions, and results.
2. Stay connected to what motivated you to want more accountability.
Staying connected to your greater purpose will motivate you to keep going even when it seems difficult. Ask yourself why you signed up for JMT-AP in the first place. Were you having difficulty taking action? Were you feeling scattered and unable to complete tasks? Were you wanting to accomplish goals faster? What is the greater goal and outcome that you are working toward? Take note of your motives and objectives for joining JMT-AP, and stay focused on them throughout your partnership.
3. Set up calls, terms, and agenda.
Once you have connected with your AP, it’s important to come to an agreement on the details of the calls, the terms of the partnership, and the agenda you will both be following. (See Step 5 below for more details on how to set these up.)
4.Challenge, don’t condemn your AP.
Good APs are not drill sergeants or cops who are looking for you to slip up. They are supporters who will challenge you to live with integrity and honor your highest and greatest self. The best APs take their role seriously and responsibly. They want the best for you. They are willing to be accountable to you just as you are willing to be accountable to them.
5. Honor your commitment.
The AP system only works if you work it, so if you’re not willing to commit to yourself and your partner, this program is not for you. You’ll only get out of the relationship what you put in. To experience the incredible power of accountability, you must honor your responsibility to your partner and take the program seriously. Your partner is counting on you (and vice versa!).
3) Benefits of Having an Accountability Partnership
1. Experience heightened focus.
With an AP you will become more targeted with your efforts. Each week, you will choose 1 to 3 specific tasks to work on to move you toward your goal. An AP helps you breakdown big goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. You will focus on tasks until their completion, and then new tasks to keep moving forward.
2. Stay the course.
You are less likely to jump around and feel scattered with your tasks when you have an AP helping you. Having an AP to report to also creates a sense of urgency for you to follow through on what you say you will do, instead of jumping to new tasks when you encounter difficulties or distractions. An AP also keeps you from feeling “stuck” by moving you beyond your own excuses.
3. Cultivate honesty.
An AP keeps you honest about where you are and where your attention needs to be according to your goals and commitments. They are not there to judge you, but rather to keep you honest and real with yourself and your intentions.
4. Make greater progress in less time.
This is a results-driven program. By having regular meetings with your AP, it will become easier to keep things moving forward and create positive momentum. If you value the relationship and honor your commitment to it, this partnership can be one of the greatest assets to you and your business.