COACHES, MENTORS, ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS, AND MASTERMIND PARTNERS – So, on the last 2 blogs, I discussed a different component of each of the business partner solutions. In the 1st blog we covered Mastermind Groups, and in the second blog we reviewed Mentors. In today’s blog, we will discuss Accountability Partners.
So, what is the purpose and value of Accountability Partners? In a nutshell, it is someone who will help you hold yourself accountable to whatever it is you are trying to be consistent with. Whenever you are in the process of building a new habit, this is an excellent use of an accountability partner. If executed correctly, your partner can be a huge asset in ensuring you are holding yourself to developing this new habit. Additionally, an accountability partner is someone who can keep you on track for certain tasks, goals, habits, and even someone to just bounce ideas off of.
Typically, an accountability partner check-in might be about 5 to 10 minutes tops. You should have a series of brief questions that you are following up on with your partner, based on what they have requested as follow-ups. They too, will then reciprocate the process with you with the questions you would like to be held to. The accountability comes into play when one or both of you is slacking based upon a self-imposed challenge or obligation to hold yourself or themselves to the daily expectations.
This could be a daily marketing task to drive your client acquisition for someone in sales, or this could be a fitness goal that you want someone to follow-up with you on. It could be a few key things that you would like to improve as your new habits. like using your journal daily, acknowledging what you are grateful for, or just an important daily task you typically avoid. This partnership can be used in any way that benefits the partnership collectively and you both see value in.
My current accountability partner is also a business partner of mine and consequently we use the time to discuss current key topics and latest ideas. Some days it even becomes a free-flowing strategy session where we increase, improve, or change ideas. A few times one of us will bring something we have been discussing to the call to review and by the end of the call we created a new product or service idea, or even a whole new potential business idea. While other days, it’s just a quick check-in on where we are on personal as well as business topics, for 15 to 20 minutes.
While our arrangement is a bit more unique, as I mentioned it’s whatever works for your partnership, remember that it should be quick and easy to stick with. If the call becomes burdensome, it will end about as quickly as it started. There must be a mutual respect and appreciation to benefit from the accountability portion and you must also have trust to be open enough to share important topics, that are relevant and appropriate to move you towards your goals.
I recommend anyone to find an accountability partner to help you be a better version of yourself. It’s a great resource to utilize and to provide that similar support can be fulfilling, knowing that you contributed to someone’s success in a meaningful way.