What do you need to do to be successful in your business,
in your relationships,
in your personal goals?
Maybe you think you need to create a schedule and stick to it.
Maybe you think you need to work hard and never give up.
Maybe you think you need to write down your goals and revisit them often.
These things are all important. But there is one habit that is even more important. To stay true to your vision and reach the level of success that you dream of, you need to create a system of accountability.
We all have days when we are discouraged and frustrated.
We all feel unmotivated and want to give up from time to time.
Successful people have all those feelings and more.
But successful people plan ahead for those times and set up an accountability partner to keep them on track.
My Accountability System
I’ve had the same accountability partner for the last 3 years. She lives in upstate New York and we talk every Monday morning at 8:00 am, rain or shine. We have a lot in common since we are both coaches with a background in education and counseling. Being an entrepreneur can be lonely and difficult. An accountability partner can keep you on the right path. Here are some of the things that an accountability partner can do:
1. They challenge you to work outside your comfort zone.
An accountability partner knows when to push you to stop being safe, to align with your inner strength and step into your power.
2. They share their knowledge and experience.
Trying to figure everything out on your own is limiting not to mention lonely. Having an accountability partner can give you a new perspective and much needed support.
3. They help you see the big picture.
Focusing on the small details can create a never-ending downward spiral. You lose track of your vision. An accountability partner can be more objective and help you keep your eyes on the goal.
4. They call you out on your excuses.
Lying to yourself is easy to do. So is blaming your past, procrastinating and giving in to your personal fears. An accountability partner can call you out in these areas and get you in a more creative and innovative mindset so you can move forward.
5. They stay positive (even when you don’t).
Jim Rohn liked to say that we are the average of the 5 people we hang with the most. Negative people are destructive to be around when it comes to achieving success. You start to view the world in a negative way and it can lead to you giving up on your dream. If you have a positive supportive accountability partner, you are stacking the cards in your favor.
To be successful requires commitment and determination. Your accountability partner can be a coach, a mentor, a friend or a cohort. You can create the life of your dreams if you set yourself up with the #1 habit of success, a system for accountability.