How Do You Become An Accountability Partner?
Choosing to be someone’s accountability partner is a big step and comes with a lot of responsibilities. So, here we have made a convenient checklist to make sure you can bring your best to the partnership. Together you can help each other achieve your mutual goals without friction.
So, How Do You Become An Accountability Partner?
1. Define Your Role
First, you must be readily interested in achieving the same goals that your partner is working on. If the willpower is lacking in any way, the partnership will not last for long. Agree on clear goals and define your part in the relationship clearly. You can do this with set rules of engagement and what sort of intervention you are expected to perform and when.
Having a clearly defined framework for the partnership can extend the health of the cooperation. It lets you achieve more together by doing the part you have been assigned. Not only does this avoid falling into the blame-game. It also helps you stay focused on your eventual goal, rather than getting side-tracked by meaningless disputes.
2. Hold Up Your End of the Bargain
Choosing to become an accountability partner is conscious decision that you make with carefully considered forethought and logical discussion. If you feel that you cannot live up to the expectations placed on you, its better to excuse yourself from the partnership in the early stage.
After you have firmly committed yourself to the partnership and the journey, then there should also be no excuse for you to hold back, or to run away from your responsibilities. Keeping track of progress, arranging meetings, interventions and also working on correcting the course of the journey when needed now rests in your hands.
3. Focus On the Goal
Keep the end of your mission in sight and keep your focus targeted squarely on the objective. Divide your journey into easily achievable goals and devote your required time to the objective. Support the efforts of your partner and help them get back on track if they fall out. If you feel that your partner is not focusing well on the agreed objective, then you must help them view their goal with a more motivated approach and help them get their energy and inspiration back.
4. Listen To Understand
Sometimes, being an accountability partner requires nothing more than being a good listener. Helping someone work through their limitations in a safe and supportive environment is as important as anything else. Most people find it easy to fall back into old habits because it’s comfortable and familiar. Helping yourself and your partner become comfortable with changes and a new situation can be as rewarding to the overall objective as concrete actions. Listening and talking is a great way to smooth out inconsistencies and hurdles between your mutual goals.
5. Communication is Important
The most critical responsibility of an accountability partner is honesty. You must be ready to lay the bare truth to your partner in as much of a calm and reassuring way as possible. This can help you avoid falling into a rut of excuses and avoiding each of your responsibilities. This also helps you stay credible. But always remember, it is easy to point out problems, your job includes laying out options and ways to fix those problems as well. With each other’s support, you can be ready to move forward and push your limits together for greater success too.
6. Push Your Limits
With the help of your partner and the final objective in mind, as an accountability partner. It ‘s your choice to begin to push the limits of yourself and your partner in a comfortable and focused manner. Make accountability easier and keep working towards a bigger and better goal to continue improving yourself and your partner long after the initial goals are met.
So, if you have chosen to become an accountability partner, follow these easy guidelines to make sure that you can do your best to help yourself and your partner achieve success.
I’m Darren Finkelstein ‘The Accountability Guy’
I’m a sought-after, highly experienced Accountability Coach, Business Advisor & Mentor. I work with high-performing entrepreneurial business owners and their teams. Also, I am a conference and event speaker on all matters of accountability and getting stuff done.
My past experience includes working at Apple for 10-years as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. Then, building a successful entrepreneurial business for 15-years in the marine and lifestyle industry until we successfully sold and exited. I’m the author of three bestselling and award-winning books and are a part-time summer presenter in Melbourne on radio 3AW.
Accountability is my specialty; it’s a tool that I’ve mastered for my business over many years. It held me in good stead at Apple, and it kept me ahead of the game in our business. The result is that I’m incredibly focussed, well organised and outcome-driven which has led to my business success. Yet for others, it frequently makes people nervous, as it requires us to step up our game, be introspective and hold ourselves to account, which can be very uncomfortable initially until you harness the power and momentum it generates, with the realisation how powerful it is, and how effective you have become.
Did you know that the word accountability is regularly misspelt and often misunderstood? Businesses don’t really understand the difference between responsibility and accountability? Both are cousins but not the same. You see, you are responsible for things and accountable to people, hence the confusion. To me, being accountable means ‘doing the things you say you are going to do’, and ‘getting your team to do the same’.
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It’s my desire to hold everyone in the room to account, which makes me an engaging Speaker on the subject of ‘Accountability’ for your next event, conference or workshop. My goal is to not motivate but to inspire your audience to take action for themselves, to implement and execute.
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After reading this, how likely are you to achieve your; goals, promises, obligations and commitments alone? Unlikely I suspect, without external assistance.
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