“What Get’s Measured Gets Managed”
What do you know about accountability partners?
Accountability is defined as the quality or state of being accountable.
What does accountable mean?
: (of a person, organization, or institution) required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible
: Subject to the obligation to report, explain, or justify something; responsible; answerable.
: Capable of being explained; explicable; explainable.
An accountability partner is a person who coaches another person in terms of helping the other person keeps a commitment.
This is nothing new to you. What do you think your teachers in school were or the coach and players on your team? Yep, they were holding you accountable to the goals and objectives.
Once we leave the school system and head off to our big career it becomes our job to create those accountability relationships. When you think about all of the ways it helped you to be successful in school or extra curriculars why would you not create that as you move forward?
Here is where I think people get hung up;
you might have to pay for it?
My question to you, what is it worth? The result that you are trying to achieve, what is the value of the result of that goal? What would change in your life if you achieved that goal? What I find is that people pay more money to “do it by themselves” in all of the failed attempts and stop starts. That causes me to question if they really want to achieve that goal or do they really just have to believe that “life is hard and to get anywhere things have to be hard.” So they are making things more difficult for themselves.
People with an accountability partner are
85% to 95% more likely to accomplish their goals.
Having accountability to move something forward is about efficiency to achieve a goal.
- The tasks to achieve your goal should not take up more than 4% of your time
- The goal would have the biggest impact on your life right now
64% of results come from 4% of your most effective time.
According to a University of Scranton study by Dan Diamond in Forbes and an article by Dale Tyson, not having an accountable partner to help a person accomplish their goal is one reason 92% of people did not accomplish their New Year’s resolution.
Keys to an accountability partner(s):
- Understands the goal for themselves and you
You can have an accountability person or a group of people. Either way it has to be an effective use of your time. I have and am involved in a variety of all these options right now. Each goal requires a different partnership.
Ways to check in:
- Apps and shared tools (Trello, text, email, Slack, Google Hangout, Facetime)
The most important thing is that it be consistent, and you are meeting your objectives. It should not be longer than 30 min typically for two people. I have had accountability partners that we maybe talk on the phone for five minutes.
Check in outline
- Be on time
- Report on the measurable progress you have made towards the goal
- Report on the next action steps you will be taking
- Report if there is anything that has you concerned will prevent you from achieving your next steps
Now that you know more about an accountability partnership, what do you think?
Would it be a good thing for you?
I know for my brain and who I am accountability relationships are what has brought me to the success and happiness that I have in my life right now. It has shaped and molded my business three times, it has brought me to the best health I have ever been in, and it is a necessary part of my life. The best part, is celebrating the other person’s success. Not only am I getting what I need, so are the other partners.
I know you have a goal, what is it?
What would it feel like to achieve that goal?
What will your life look like when you achieve that goal?
Now that you can see success, what can you do make that goal happen?