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How To Choose Your Accountability Partner?

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

The Accountability Guy®

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Setting goals might seem easy, but it can often get challenging, mainly because of consistency issues and procrastination. But there are many factors can better your journey of achieving these goals and ensuring that you are focused.

Going for an accountability partner could be a great option if you aim to do so or even build new evolved habits. This person will be the final push you need to reach your targets while working hard!

But what entails an accountability partner, and how should you choose one? Well, these are some of the questions that this blog will answer today.

What Is An Accountability Partner?

An accountability partner will constantly remind you to achieve your goals. This partner is equally there for you in your failures and successes – energetically and emotionally.

Choosing an accountability partner means you will mutually agree to face the wins, losses and the feedback sessions together. Moreover, these interactions must be done regularly.

Once you gain constant support and expectations from a second person, you will fear letting them down. And of course, the concept of being ‘accountable’ to someone else concerning your goals and ideas is a tried and tested way to succeed.

How Do You Choose An Accountability Partner?

Now that you understand the vitality of an accountability partner, the second question arises – how do you get or even choose the best one for you?

Well, there is a step-by-step process for finding an effective accountability partner in the least time. Read on to know more.

Step 1 Find the right person

The first step to finding the best accountability partner is narrowing down the traits you wish for them to have. For instance, trust-worthy and non-judgmental are two essential aspects of any partner, let alone an accountability one.

This person will constantly support your goal plans and have an open mind to understand your pain points and limitations. Since sharing such details of your life and career can give a lot of authority to the second person, it is vital that this power goes into the hands of someone genuine.We suggest exploring and not restricting yourself to only some seemingly trustworthy individuals.

Step 2 Set Your Goals

The first step to understanding what you want from an accountability partner is looking at your goal list. The best way to do so is to write down your goals and mention them in detail. On this account, you should make use of the SMART method – Specific, Measurable, Relevant and Time-bound.

If you use this method, you will surely build goals that are firstly achievable and secondly, you know how to achieve them. Once you are aware of these details, you can better explain them to your accountability partner.

Step 3 Plan A Meet Up

Now that you have an excellent option for yourself, it is time for you to assess whether or not this person works for you. And the easiest method to do that is by going out someday.

Mention a specific day and time to meet this partner, or you can even meet every day. However, you must prioritise your meetings, set up some rules and values and discuss the expectations and needs of both parties.

The most crucial thing here is that you need to show up! Showing up indicates your seriousness about the matter. If you remain consistent and work in consignment with your partner, you will see positive results.

Step 4 Set Up Weekly Accountability Statements

Once you are all set with your accountability partner, it is time for you to organise some regular check-in timings and get the work started.

The accountability statements are records of all your actions and milestones that you are aiming to achieve before the next meeting.

You can check your weekly accountability statements through your accountability partner’s help–making sure they are both actionable and possible in the provided time.


Step 5 Learn from each other and communicate

Moreover, you must ensure your relationship with the accountability partner is not just like a teacher or student. You both should aim to learn from each other and treat the conversations and the time spent with respect. 

Cheering each other in times of win and supporting each other during the down times will only help your relationship grow.

Wrapping Up

So, that’s all from our side on all things accountability partner! Keep these pointers in mind as you walk through the process of choosing the right fit for you. Moreover, the key lies in being patient through your successes and failures to establish a rock-solid relationship. All the best!