What’s An Accountability Partner? 

 April 21, 2021

If there’s any change you want to make, but feel unequipped to do it on your own, the best thing to do is find an Accountability Partner.

I’ve had accountability partners ever since 2012, and without them I would be nowhere close to where I am now.

When I first began writing I knew I had to create my Facebook Author Page, but I kept telling myself “I’ll do it tomorrow.”
Really, I was nervous about announcing my plans to write a children’s book. But, guess what? When I tried to put it on the back-burner, my accountability partner refused to let me off the hook! Now, I have the support of a great Facebook community behind me.

I had to follow through, and I am so happy I did. That’s how I knew I had the right accountability partner: they gave me that extra little push of motivation to stay true to my commitments.

What's an Accountability Partner?

An accountability partner is someone who reminds you of your goals with the intention of encouraging you to succeed. 

You should connect with your accountability partner either daily or weekly to remind you of your short-term goals. You can also meet monthly or quarterly to discuss your long-term goals/update them on your progress.

Typically, when you choose an accountability partner, they also need to choose you. Accountability is a two-way street, so you should be reminding and connecting with them, too.

Where do I find an accountability partner?

I’ve found most of my accountability partners through online courses or masterminds. Finding someone who is working towards a similar goal as yourself is your best bet.

My advice is to avoid asking family members or close friends to keep you accountable since you’re more likely to let your goals slip away and less likely to take the accountability process seriously.

Keep These Tips in Mind...

  • Find an accountability partner if you work from home (e.g., if you’re an author!). It’s especially important!
 
  • Take the partnership seriously. Resist the urge to mark your goals as “Incomplete” (This should only happen when something unexpected occurs)
 
  • Move on to a new partner when things start feeling stale. It’s important for you and your accountability partner to remain enthusiastic about each other’s success
 
  • Keep your checklists/reminders so you can see how much progress you’ve made by the end of the year. (You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much you got done!)

Remember…
The main reason accountability partnerships work is because we’re very hesitant to let other people down. Unfortunately, we’re very willing to let ourselves down -- we make excuses for ourselves, say “I’ll do it tomorrow”, etc. But when someone else expects something from us, we want to deliver.

Knowing that you’ll be reporting to someone else is a great way to build motivation.

So why wait? Find your accountability partner TODAY.

P.S. Not sure where to find an accountability partner who will help you get your children’s book published? Then my Publishing Mastermind is perfect for you -- it’s all about keeping authors on-track when it comes to publishing their children’s books.

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