“Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to the result.” Bob Proctor
If you struggle to keep promises to yourself but find it is easier to keep commitments to others, you should use that to your advantage. Ask your spouse or a trusted friend to be your accountability partner. An accountability partner is a potent tool for anyone who struggles to keep promises to themselves, which means it is a powerful tool for anyone. None of us are perfect. We are all striving to do better, or we have given up on doing better. If you are struggling, congratulate yourself for not giving up like so many people have. Perhaps your accountability partner is also struggling with forming a good habit or eliminating a bad habit. You can help each other. You can give each other that little-added push to do better.
Once you have identified someone to be your accountability partner, follow this simple three-step process:
- Tell them your goals.
- Tell them what you plan to do each day to achieve your goals.
- Schedule a weekly check-in to review your triumphs and failures.
Ensure your goals are measurable. If you cannot quantify them, you cannot measure your progress toward achieving them. Let your accountability partner know what daily disciplines you are going to install to reach your goal. Put your weekly check-ins on your calendar as a reoccurring weekly meeting. What gets scheduled gets done. This check-in must be a consistent event for it to be effective.