So this goes back to The Law of Two, and connecting with another person to help you overcome this obstacle. There are different types of people in the world that you can associate yourself with. At least one of those people needs to be someone who motivates you and propels you forward towards your dreams. This person can keep you on track and provide accountability for you. You can tell them about your plan of action, and the timeframe in which you plan to take those actions. They can check back with you to see how much you’ve accomplished and make inquiries about the results or your next move.
Is it really necessary to have an accountability partner? The answer is YES! When you have no one holding you accountable for the things you say you’re going to accomplish, you’ve created the perfect conditions for procrastination to thrive. Knowing that someone is aware of your plan and will be checking in with you can inspire you to continue moving forward on the days you want to be stagnant. It can motivate you to take action when you want to overthink things or put them off until another time. Having an accountability partner can increase your productivity by the loads.
So who will be your accountability partner? You may have family and friends in your life that can play that position; but just because they care about you does not mean they are invested in your success. It doesn’t mean they believe in the value of what you want to accomplish, or even believe that you are capable of doing it. They may not understand the goals you are trying to reach and quite frankly may not be very interested. It’s not that they don’t care; but they likely have their own mindset obstacles that may be spilling over onto your dreams. This is one reason why people hire coaches. Amongst their other roles, a coach can act as an accountability partner for you. They can help you strategize and develop an action plan, as well as address any obstacles that may arise along the way.
Whether you use a coach, your best friend, a mastermind group, or a business partner, you need to find another person who is willing to provide that accountability for you. Teaming up with someone who is serious about seeing you make progress may be the one missing link to your success.