What’s an accountability partner and why do you need one?

Did you know that studies show that the chances of achieving your goals increase by at least 50% if you not only work on them, but also have an accountability partner?

But what is an accountability partner?

Responsibility is an ongoing duty to complete the task at hand; accountability is what happens after a situation occurs. It is how a person responds and takes ownership of the results of a task.

Accountability means having both the ability and the desire to give someone an honest account of your thoughts, feelings, and behavior .And while it is important to always be accountable to ourselves, it is also important to be accountable to others, and to hold others accountable.

This is where the accountability partner role becomes so important.

Do you know the typical case where you are always looking to “go to the gym with someone”? You don’t just do it to talk to someone when you’re walking on the treadmill, but because when it’s 6 in the morning, and the bed is more appealing than the idea of ​ getting your workout gear on, you remember promising X that you meet at 6:45, and you don’t want to disappoint him or yourself by not respecting your word. This is a partnership of responsibility.

Well, when you work on the goals you want in life, things work pretty much the same. A well-chosen accountability partner can be the difference between being a “forever re-starter”, and being really successful in what you set out to do.

If you choose your accountability partner to be a gentle and understanding friend, it is quite possible that the partnership will not work. And if your partner is too rigid and demanding (see the personal trainer who still wants a series even though you fainted a long time ago), he might make you back off and give up too early. That is why it is essential to choose a suitable accountability partner, and why not, a professional one.

Choose a dynamic accountability partner, one that adapts to your needs, gives you objective feedback and at the same time makes you keep your promises, stick to what you set out to achieve! And yes, this is one of the roles I can take as your coach.