We need to get this set up before we move any further. You may not identify your Accountability Partners today but this will help you think more closely about who you choose as we cover the basics for the next few days.
I think it is fitting to review the differences between an Accountability Partner, a Mentor, and Life Coach because most of us have each of these at our disposal – in this day and time. Twenty years ago, you rarely heard about a person having a Life Coach or an Accountability Partner. We were familiar with Mentors but it was still a rarity. Now, you have multiple choices for either of these options. Which one you choose depends on:
What your goals are at this particular time in your life?
The route you want to take in meeting those goals.
What do you have readily accessible to you to meet those goals?
Highlights of the three types of external motivators
So, why do I focus on ladies having Accountability Partners? It is to urge every one to focus on having some external level of guidance to help with reaching those goals that have been set. I certainly understand it is not necessary for everyone to have an AP. However, the response I have heard throughout this journey is that the help of an AP certainly helped.
So, how do you choose an Accountability Partner:
You would benefit considerably more if your Accountability Partner had these character traits.
A – Assertive
The AccPa needs to have the wherewithal to directly challenge you while encouraging you to remain on the course. If they are less assertive than you, it is highly likely you will not respect their input or their guidance. You need someone whose perspective you will find valuable.
C – Consistent
Determine if the person is able to consistently meet with you and determine the type of venue you will use to meet with the person; in-person, video, phone, email, etc.
C – Challenging
Your AccPa will encourage you through your accomplishments and through your disappointments. This person won’t appease you but will help you find the areas of your life which can strengthen your journey. Do not choose a “yes” person. Choose someone who will help you develop those things which have been helpful and improve on those areas which have hindered you.
P – Productive
Find that person that is insightful and makes good decisions in their own life. The person who knows you and understands what it takes to move you to the next level. You want your time dialoguing with this person to be productive. If you find yourself talking about the good old days or what’s in the local news, you have a friend. Ensure there is a balance that leaves you spending more than 80% of your time with this person discussing your progress and/or setbacks.
A – Attitude
Consider the person’s demeanor and level of focus exhibited in their own life. Ensure that you find their behavior commendable and not questionable.
Okay, we are setting the stage for an Awesome Month!!! Let me know what you think.
Have you considered the differences in the three types of external motivators before today?
Which type do you prefer for where you are in your life right now and why?
Are you ready to be an Accountability Partner for someone else?
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