I don’t know about you, but I do WAY better in life when I know I have someone to account to. Someone who I have to disclose my goals to, someone who I know will be checking in on my progress, and someone who I want to make proud by accomplishing the thing I set out to.
I think everyone can benefit from having an accountability buddy in their life. Whether it is a coworker, an assistant, a friend, a spouse, a family member, a mentor – we need someone who we can ask to hold us accountable for things. Whether it be holding us accountable to complete something by a particular date, or who will hold us accountable to complete a task or goal, or who will hold us accountable to stay away from things in our life we know we ought to be staying away from…it is an incredibly powerful motivator to know that there is someone you need to account to.
As much as we would all like to be self-motivated enough to always do what we need to when we need to, the reality is that we are all going to have weak moments when we are either too easily distracted (especially those who suffer from A.D.D. like I do…#thestruggleisreal…#squirrel….), or we’ve allowed ourselves to become discouraged, or we’ve allowed ourselves to simply get a bit lazy…it happens to the best of us…and in those moments we need that pressure of knowing that we’ve got that accountability buddy we are going to have to face:
Not wanting to disappoint someone can be a really great motivator to make you do what you are supposed to do.
We will also naturally set more challenging goals upfront and push ourselves further to accomplish them when we know we’re going to have someone we hope to impress paying attention.
And it’s extremely motivating to know we can look forward to having our accountability coach be proud of us when we accomplish what we set out to.
~Amy Rees Anderson