How can you put Yourself into Action: Who is an accountability partner?
Have you ever decided to get on on a new habit but then failed to stick with it? This is a common phenomenal, most people have experienced it. Think about the typical new year’s resolution we all rush to make – exercise often, go back to school, eat healthy, start business, be more organized. If you’re like most people, you have committed to change a habit related to at least one of these things, to embark or disembark!
Have you ever heard of an accountability partner? I want to introduce you to a concept that has stood the test of time. Having an accountability partner (s). This is someone you share your plans and ‘must-do and must-not-do’ tasks with. This person (s) holds your feet to the hot surface and makes sure you complete what you said you would complete. He/she gives you encouragement when you need it, motivation to finish your tasks, and make you answer the why questions when you don’t finish what you were supposed to finish. An accountability partner is a person you do not want to let down.
This concept has its root early 20th century and was introduced by Napoleon Hill in his book, “Think And Grow Rich”. He writes and defines this principle as; “The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.”
The last time I enjoyed being in a company of partners who hold me accountable is during our monthly forum organized by Ande Kenya led by Bikundo, Dan and Juliet and I am a true testimony of the speed one can achieve goals with the help of such company. I found myself registering my company and the consistent members today are doing something significant, Muthuri, the guy behind Turn-Up travel was part of this team! If you want outdoor branding, Adept led by Ken who was also part of this will give you the best deal while Rex will give you the best photo shots!
This year, inspired by the same spirit; To encourage and motivate each other into action, creating accountability and building innovative ministry Jeff, Uzima Centre developed Action 2019 tagged Initiate, Engage and Grow. I am so proud being part of this club with clear knowledge the potential it bears and from where I am standing many people have already started initiating conversations and it is just a matter of time and people will be up into action.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
The beauty of being in such a club is that you will benefit from solutions and ideas, which come up within the group deliberations and brainstorming. You will also be able to tap into the experience and expertise of others within the club.
Apart from that, you will also experience Increased confidence that you’ve made the correct decisions and are toward the right direction to achieve your goals. With instant feedback and support from the members of the club you’ll experience real progress in your business, ministry and personal life.
With an accountability partner you must uphold some codes for the plan to work. For example, you will answer questions and openly share with your partner (s) about your plans. If you respect your accountability partner (s) enough, the pleasant and friendly competition is enough spirit to keep you going. Often, why we do not make significant progress is because we wallow into our cocoon when things get tough and forget our goals or we are excited about new goals but the energy and motivation fizzles out. Having an accountability partner thwarts this trajectory.
If you are finding it hard to keep the fire burning for your goals, having a team that holds you accountable is as good as a rest. You can start one with your buddies or you can join in an existing group or club and have deliberate plan on how you will turn thoughts and plans into action together.
When you successfully finish your big goals, your accountability partner will be there there to say “That’s great shot, bro! I’m so proud of you. What’s next on the skyline? “