Accountability Partner: Working Together to Achieve Your Goals

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I want to give you one tip which has been keeping me on track on my goals and dreams.

Accountability Partner or Mastermind

I will talk about accountability partner in this email. Mastermind is more or less the same with more number of people involved. We will discuss Mastermind in future post.

I really see the benefit of having accountability partner (or what’s described asPeak-Performance Partner in The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy). It is the one which keeping me on progressing on my goals. My partner will message me every night (Morning her time) “What’s you plan for tonight?” and I have to report back before I go to bed. I would do the same thing to her. Yes, it does not happen every day, I would say 5 out of 7, I am still learning to be consistent.

I use a lot of “My, I” because I want to share my story, I hope you would benefit. I do not mean to “lecture”.

1. Why should I get an accountability partner?

  • Working toward my goals is always hard work and most of my goals are stretch goals (something which is reasonable but currently is not in my comfort zone, my ability, etc.)
  • Consistency is critical for forming a successful habit and becoming really good at what I am pursuing. I am guilty of this. That’s why I jump and take the opportunity to have accountability partner. Last year, I decided to start getting up early 5am (Restarting my Miracle Morning for a Xth times), I know I could not do it alone until I form it as habit. My wife supported it and woke at before 5 am and even ensure that I would get up by 5am. Now, I get up at 5am by myself.
  • It is easy for me to forget my vision or the reasons why I am working on my goals, especially when things are not going so well. It is so easy to get derailed from my goals when I hit difficulties, road blocks, or something wasn’t going well on some parts of my life (family, career, etc). Having a partner who relentlessly reminds me to keep going really helps big time!

2. How do I find accountability partner

  • Ask your family, friends, colleagues, facebook friends, the people in your online group. This is not for everybody, some people does not need one, or not ready yet, or their schedule is so packed. Do not be discouraged if people say No. Keep asking.
  • Make it simple for other people to be your accountability partner. Some people might think that this will take a lot of their time and they can’t have additional huge commitment. Ask simple thing such as, “Could I check in with you for 5-10 minutes every week, to just go through where I am on working on my goals?”. Just ask when typically a good time to talk, set the time, put it into your and his calendar. Then, follow through, make the phone calls. Ask them if they are willing to call you if you don’t make the call on scheduled time. Respect their time.

3. Who would be a good accountability partner

  • Someone who can tell you the truth, who do not hesitate giving you honest feed backs.
  • Someone who really care about your development and performance.
  • Someone who is willing to commit and journey together with you.

Remember, the relationship it is both way, I should be a good accountability partner also. The more you put effort into the relationship, the more you will get out of it.

4. How I should do it?

  • Duration: Agree on how long I will commit to keep each other accountable. Start with 8 weeks.
  • Schedule & Frequency and Method: Agree on when (what day and time), how often you will touch base and how would you do it (phone, skype, text message, etc.)
  • What do you want to report everyday:
    • For Daily: I would report before I start (be it in the morning, or evening when I start doing my project) 3 things which I will do to bring me closer to my goal. Then I will report back at the end of the day.
    • For Weekly: I picked this from The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, it is simple yet powerful: weekly wins, losses, fixes, “ah-has,” and where we are on our growth plans.

Have fun! Send me an e-mail Let me know your experience and feed backs. Do let me know if you have any questions!

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