Find your P.I.C. (partner in creating), keep reading to find out why you need an accountability partner.
Whether in public or private, surrounding yourself with people who keep you accountable is critical for success.
Life has a funny way of teaching us lessons. Every day, we’re faced with situations that can either make or breaks us and it’s good to have a plan when both of those situations arise. Or if you’re anything like me, you can talk yourself out of things just as fast as you talk yourself into it!
When I started blogging, I promised myself that I was going to ride this journey until the wheels fell off — and I mean it. Blogging started out as a way for me to share my thoughts, connect with like-minded people, and share a bit of my reality with anyone willing to read. Now seven months into being a beauty and inspirational blogger, I realized that I can really do this. I’m not going to lie, it took some work getting to this point and to keep believing it. However, I’m here still posting, still connecting, still grinding, and still loving it. I can honestly say, I couldn’t do it without the help of all of you, my tribe, nor my accountability partner.
I read a quote recently that said, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” and there is so much truth in that. I do encourage you to form a tribe (a group of friends/supporters), but I also encourage you to take it a step further and find an accountability partner. If that wasn’t enough here are a few other reasons.
Reasons To Have An Accountability Partner
- Having someone who you can get feedback from or create ideas with will actually keep you motivated to create and produce refreshing material. (In this case, the “two heads are better than one” saying is actually true).
- Your accountability partner will keep you on track with your goals and tasks, especially during the times where it seems impossible to do it yourself.
- An accountability partner is a part of your eco-system and will also connect you to other resources and people that you need to complete a goal.
- Your accountability partner will not have you out in these streets slipping. They’ll remind you of the things that are most important to you, help you when you fall, and make sure you’re always putting your best foot forward.
- An accountability is your biggest cheerleader. They will celebrate new opportunities, milestone, goals, etc. Having people root for you is a sure way to stay motivated.
- One of the most important reasons is they will let you know, you’re not alone and asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of. This is your P.I.C (partner in creating).
Traits of a Great Accountability Partner
- They’re reliable. To be quite honest, if they are not reliable don’t even consider them, it’s a waste of everybody’s time honestly. When I mean reliable, I mean someone who you can get in contact with often, who is good at handling multiple tasks, and someone who can commit to things.
- They understand what you do. Your accountability partner should, on some level, understand what you want to do or are currently doing. If they don’t, how can they properly guide you on where you need to be and help you be excel with that goal.
For example, my accountability partner is a blogger as well. She understands the amount of work it takes to create content and make this a full-time hustle. She also understands how important this is to me and what is necessary for building an audience, connection, and brand and vice versa.
- They need to be passionate. They have to be just as passionate about your goals as they are theirs. You want someone who is ambitious, has a love for seeing people succeed and puts their best into everything they do.
- You can trust them. You need to be able to trust this person to be there for you in the way that they agreed. You also need to trust this person enough to share your ideas with, give you honest feedback on your progress, work, etc..
- They are supportive and not envious. Find someone who genuinely cares and want to see you do well. Someone who won’t get upset or put you down because you’re progressing. That is straight up toxic!
- Lastly, they need to agree to be your accountability partner. Being an accountability partner can be a lot of work, you need to give people the option to say yes or know, but also agree to be what you need and vice versa.
- They can give and receive constructive criticism. I mean it when I say constructive, we tend to be pretty passionate about our goals and dream. Be helpful and honest, not discouraging.
Already Have An Accountability Partner?
If you already have an accountability partner and you’re just looking for some ways to strengthen the relationship, here are some ways to keep each other motivated.
- Create a running list of goals and update it weekly/bi-weekly.
- Keep up with the activity: follow on social media and turn on post notifications, attend a workout session or race with him/her, basically get involved if you can.
- Send articles, inspirational quotes, tips, etc. that may help him/her on their journey.
- Talk about what’s been going on, where they are with their goals, and what are some roadblocks that came up.
- Ask questions about your partnership: is there anything you need, have I been helping you with your goals, etc.? Make sure that what you are doing is beneficial.
- Keep each other moving forward. If you feel that there has been so digression, let them know and help them work on ways to get back on track.
Do you have an accountability partner? Shout them out below or share how they’ve helped you.
Check out Teeara’s article on the benefits of having an accountability partner here.