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Accountability Partner

Accountability Partner

Is it time for an accountability partner? Last month, I did a review of my goals and realized there was a particular goal that was almost a year old. It’s not difficult; just a little out of my comfort level. I however had to make a decision if I wanted this opportunity I had to get moving. The fact that I had made no progress in a year told me I was in trouble. So I called a friend and asked for an accountability partner. 

If you feel stuck on your financial goals it may be time for an accountability partner. A budget takes minutes, but if it’s year two and you still don’t have one you need help. An accountability partner should act as your conscious not your mother. Their job is to help you stay on track. Sometimes you need a sounding board and sometimes you need someone to just tell you to get your butt in gear. Your accountability partner will not do the work for you, but they can help you as you navigate your goal. Don’t over think this; keep it simple. 

  1. Find someone you trust. You’ll be sharing your personal information so you don’t want a blabber mouth. 
  2. Talk to your accountability partner about your goal. To make it easy on both of you use SMART goals for your discussion.
    S – Specific. What are you trying to do? 
    M – Measurable How do you know when you’re done? 
    A – Achievable A goal can be challenging, but it must reachable. 
    R- Relevant It should be part of the big picture of your life. 
    T –Time -Your goal as a deadline. 
  3. Be specific regarding what action you’re going to take to meet your goal. If you’re stuck what action are you going to take to get unstuck and moving. 
  4. Establish a check-in schedule. How often are you going to check in? Remember your accountability partner isn’t your mother. Their job is not to hunt you down and make you do your homework. Some will but don’t ruin a friendship being lazy. 
  5. Review your goals during the process. You may decide your goal has changed. If you lack progress your accountability partner may ask you if this is something you still want to do. Give it some thought before you say yes. 

Having an accountability partner requires you to accept responsibility for your actions and to stay committed. Having a partner requires you to why you did or didn't do something. 

The people in your circle are cheering for you. Allow them to assist you in your journey. Remove the excuse you’ve surrounded yourself with. 

Wishing you the best in all you do.


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