Having an accountability partner is a great way to stay on top of things and help you reach your goals. But do you really need someone to assist in all your decisions and endeavors?
It Starts with You
Although a partner can keep you motivated and accountable in business…
…you have to remember that everything starts with you.
You have to adopt a mindset that will put you in the right direction. Also, learning to take responsibility for your actions will help you avoid future pitfalls.
Here are a few things that could help you be accountable for your goals without the need of a partner:
Write your goals on post-it notes and stick them to your office desk or walls.
Deny yourself your usual monthly incentives if you fail to meet your targets.
Post your goals on social media networks to let people know what you want to achieve.
Inform the people you’re making a deal with of your projected outcome.
As I was building MOBE, most of the drive and dedication I put into creating new products and scaling the business came from me. But when I need advice or have difficulties, an accountability partner or a mentor can help me stay on track.
Having one can help you overcome your business’s struggles and fuel your enthusiasm to continue working on your goals.
The Benefits of Having a Mentor
Sometimes, you need that extra push to work harder. Many people have gym partners who encourage them to lift more or do one more rep. Personal trainers help them achieve their fitness goals and avoid slacking off from exercising.
Having an accountability partner works in the same way. They’ll constantly remind you to work harder and stay focused on your business goals.
Additionally, mentors can offer a fresh perspective and help you realize things you may have missed.
Whenever I communicate with my mentors, we discuss my struggles, issues in business, and new ideas. Then I process the feedback from everything we talk about so I can learn from it and take action.
I also email them weekly reports so that whenever I slack off, I feel a sense of guilt, which makes me work harder.
Finding the Right Partner
If you are paying for mentorship, you have to make sure that you hire the right individual. This individual should be capable of keeping you accountable, motivated, and can positively influence your creativity and decisions.
In my case, I pay somebody $10,000 a month for a weekly one-hour phone session and a quarterly two-day consultation. I also have another person who I pay substantially more to discuss business matters and help me scale my business.
They’re my mentors who have achieved success in their own businesses, and I always learn from their advice and experiences.
If you’re starting out, you need to make sure that your mentors or accountability partners are at a higher level than you, having more expertise, experience, and industry insight to help you grow and stay motivated.
Another important thing to note is that your accountability partner will be privy to some of your business ideas, so you must be able to trust them. According to a Covenant Eyes article, “You should choose someone you can trust to keep your accountability reports and conversations confidential.”
Your Customers Keep You Accountable
If you can’t find the partner you need, your customers should keep you accountable!
I find that my customers have paid good money for a good service.
So the time and money they have invested into our programs make me accountable to helping them achieve their goals. I’m responsible for constantly creating new and innovative products for our customers and growing the company.
If you constantly find yourself questioning your abilities or struggling to stay motivated, then you might just be in the wrong industry.
Being an entrepreneur shouldn’t have you trying to remain focused and motivated; it should be an instinctive state of mind. Your desire to attain the targets you’ve envisioned for your business should be so strong that you are constantly motivated every day.
If you’re half-hearted about your business or still trying hard to focus on your business goals, then you might not be able to scale your company or succeed.
If you’re struggling to stay motivated and accountable, but know that your business has the potential to grow into a successful enterprise, then you should definitely consider getting an accountability partner.