Looking for an accountability partner? In this article we share you our three step guide on how to find the perfect one.
As the phrase suggests, an accountability partner is a person who helps you achieve your life goals by holding you to your commitments. They also help you form new habits to help you move in the right direction (visa a vis your life goals). He/She is a source of accountability and often times is someone you hold in high regard. Someone that you wouldn't want to disappoint.
Early in life, accountability relationships form naturally. Think of a parent child relationship. The drive to impress or not to disappoint parents is what motivates children to achieve goals, that they otherwise don't even know are important. Thus a family member could be a natural accountability partner.
Similarly, friends are another example of natural accountability partners. Friendship is a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. We often share our aspirations and goals with our close friends. Friends who have your best interests at heart will hold you to your commitments and personal goals. Even better friends actively help you achieve your goals.
Aside from naturally occurring accountability partnerships, there is a whole industry dedicated to helping one achieve their goals and aspirations. There are people who have make their living by being professional accountability partners. Many people employ benefit from their services. These people are the subject of the article.
We shall look at the services they offer, their importance, and finally how to find one that is perfect for you.
So Why Do I Need An Accountability Partner?
It seems counterintuitive to hire an accountability partner when life already granted you that kind of support for free through family and friends.
Well, it isn't really. Here's why.
As you may well know our friends and family members have lives of their own. As a good friend or family member, you wouldn't want to burden others with matters that fall under the scope of your personal responsibility.
From a more practical point of view, friends and family can't be there for you every day. It just isn't practical. That's why you may find yourself in need of another person.
Moreover, even assuming you have extremely supportive family or friends, you may need someone with a more specialised skill set to help you achieve a particular goal. For instance, even if you friend is willing, they can't match the expertise of a personal trainer- if your goal is to lose weight.
In What Areas Of Life Could I Need An Accountability Partner?
Literally any or every sphere of life. The term accountability partner is broad for a reason.
To covers a multitude of spheres of life where one may need assistance in.
You may need an accountability partner to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Moreover you may need an accountability partner to help you stop a bad habit.
You could use the help of an accountability partner to help you achieve certain strategic business goals you have.
The list is endless.
Qualities Of Good Accountability Partner
Before sharing with you our tips on choosing the right accountability partner, it's important to first discuss what a good accountability partner actually looks life.
First and foremost, it goes without saying that a good accountability partner should be well read in matters touching on the human psyche. After all, they'll be responsible for helping readjust your life.
Secondly, they must be willing to put in the time. Don't be fooled. Few accountability partners have one client. Even then, there is a reasonable expectation that you'll be able to check in with them on a regular basis. This is important because otherwise, you won't make progress.
A good accountability partner should be patient but firm.
Patience means that they should not harass you when you falter. If that happens, then you'll be paying money for a toxic relationship!
Firmness implies that they must apply steady but not excessive pressure, to ensure that you stay the course to your life goals.
Lastly, they should charge a sustainable fee for their services. After all, you'll be in need of their services for the foreseeable future.
How Then Do I Choose The Right Accountability Partner?
1. Do Your Due Diligence
Don't settle for some obscure person with no background on them. It's safer to stick with the tried and tested names. Doing your due diligence means ensuring you find client feedback for a potential accountability partner. This could be through word of mouth or via online reviews.
Many people fall for frauds. Doing your due diligence is the surest way to make sure that you're not one of those people.
2. Test For Compatibility
You've done your due diligence and have found an accountability partner with great client feedback. But are they compatible with you. Compatibility hear is two fold.
They must be conversant with what you're trying to achieve, and you must relate. Without those two elements, the accountability partnership won't work.
Sometimes, it's possible to ascertain compatibility on the preliminary meeting. Other times, a test period is required. If the latter is the case for you, don't be afraid to give honest feedback, and to cut the accountability partner loose sooner rather than later.
3. Their Fee Should Match Your Budget
Many accountability partnership end being long term. That being the case, it is very important that you ensure that the potential accountability partner is affordable.
If you have doubt that you'll afford him in the coming two months, then they may be not right for you. The same is true if you have to drive a hard bargain for their services. In this case, you stand a chance of them raising their fees on you down the road, flat out abandoning you.
Make sure that you can comfortably afford the accountability partner before moving forward with the arrangement.
We are certain that the steps above will help you find a great accountability partner. We are also excited that you'll finally have the tools to achieve your wildest dreams. All the best!