The Importance of Accountability

Kat Lim-Dermott is a specialist in email marketing and Instagram.  She is excited to be a guest blogger for Pace Success Coaching. 

About three months ago, my friends invited me to be a part of their accountability daily text thread. 

Now, something to know about me: I’m a bit of an introvert, so while I enjoy the company of others, I tend to do things on my own. This includes setting goals for myself.  Whether I succeed or fail, I do so on my own. The thought of “reporting” to someone, even though these two were good friends, riddled me with anxiety.

I decided to try anyway because what did I have to lose? If I tried it and didn’t want to continue, I could drop off the thread. But what if it did work for me? 

First, what is an accountability partner and why is it essential to have one? An accountability partner is just that — someone who keeps you accountable to your commitments!

This person (or in my case, people) is someone who keeps you on track of your goals, and in turn, someone you can also help stay on track as well.  It could be a colleague, a mentor, or friend.  

An accountability partner can:
  • increase your level of success
    • According to The American Society for Training and Development, there is a 65% chance of people reaching their goals with an accountability partner. 
  • keep you on track
    • Once you find that right partnership, your partner is there to help track your progress. That partner sees your goals as a priority along with you. 
  • be a two-way street
    • Accountability partners can go both ways. It’s most effective when you are also that person’s accountability check-in partner as well.  Knowing you both are helping each other creates a bond of support.
  • give you consistent support
    • Having a partnership creates a support system for you.  A partner who will support you when you struggle and encourage you. 

Now, back to my accountability group — two friends who I knew would be empathetic to struggles, honest, and also would treat our group accountability as a priority because they are both committed to personal growth. 

What I learned in three months is that having an accountability partner wasn’t about “reporting,” it was about sharing my accomplishments with a supportive group. 

What I found is that sharing my achievements in the morning was not only a great feeling, but it also reinforced my motivation to continue.

On the opposite end, I got over my anxiety of reporting my failures. Failures were just off-days, and we are all allowed those. The importance of the group is to help me get back “on the horse” the next day. 

To sum up, I am three months into having accountability partners, and my mornings continue to get more productive.

The Beatles had it right when they sang “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

Do you have an accountability partner? If not, what is stopping you? Share in the comments below.

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