I tried to reject the idea of accountability partners when it came to reaching the desires I have for my life. I convinced myself they weren’t needed, I got this on my own, and I didn’t trust people to help with my decisions.
The truth is I wasn’t ready to be held accountable. I knew if there was someone to hold me to the things I said I wanted, then I would have to let go of the fear and do them-or feel judged when I didn’t attempt to do them.
Aly Walansky says, “Accountability means having both the ability and the willingness to give an honest account of your thoughts, feelings, and behavior to someone else. And while it’s important to always hold ourselves accountable to ourselves, it’s also important to be accountable to others, and have others keep us to that accountability.”
I’ve finally accepted the thought of accountability partners and take them seriously. It’s uncomfortable, though. To be truly accountable, I had to let my partners in on my deepest desires and goals for my life. I had to let go of the fear and realize while my dreams are large, they are attainable through consistency and hard work.
My accountability partners are people close to me who I trust, believe in me, and offer feedback and give encouragement without judgment.
Take a look at this list of things accountability partners can do for you:
- Help keep you focused
- Give feedback and help refine your plan
- Help you problem solve
- Help you develop an action plan
- Give you a push when you need it
If you’ve tried it on your own for this long and it’s not working, it’s time to get serious with yourself and find someone or two help you in your journey.