By now, over 92% of Americans have abandoned their new year's resolutions (according to Forbes) – a trend most commonly affiliated with goal setting. What is the difference between the 92 and eight? Among many factors, those who achieve their goals have established a self-accountability or peer accountability platform.
Professional athletes hire coaches to help them through their challenges, keep their workout routines continuous, and provide them with top training methods to succeed. If you fall into the 92 percent who don’t have a coach, imagine if you had a coach who worked with you until your goals were achieved? Where would you be if you were achieving your goals faster and more efficiently? Like athletes need coaches, here are four reason why you need an accountability partner.
1. It Takes Two To Tango
We’ve all experienced loneliness, especially when we felt like we couldn’t complete something without the help of another. Have you ever tried to move furniture by yourself? It’s really difficult, awkward, frustrating and you can really hurt yourself. Imagine the same difficult task facing your goals without an accountability coach.
My best friend in high school used to complain that he always invited me over to his house and that I never reciprocated by inviting him to my house. The truth is that I liked going to his place better than hanging around my place. But accompanied by this complaint, my friend would always say, “It takes two to tango,” meaning that you cannot do a two-person dance alone. He wanted more commitment to hang out with him than I was willing to give. I think of that line so often that it has changed the way I do business. It takes two to tango – you need to reciprocate. Success, achievement, and fulfillment will always be there for the taking, but you cannot obtain success without loss, trial and action, which is the natural reciprocation of the process to success.
Peer encouragement is motivating and often helps you forget how difficult the action items are or the mundane details that require completion of the task. Instead, another person can keep you focused on achieving the task because of the social pressure supporting the task. Our brains naturally skip to the good part where we are finished and happy with the results and rarely does the brain want to think about the processes between steps A through Z. When you are not focused on the “How will I accomplished this,” you tend to focus more on the “What I did to achieve this,” which keeps your brain away from the overwhelming details.
2. Nobody Ever Truly Succeeded By Themselves
Achieving goals with the support and help from others is easier and well worth it. The African Proverb states, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” It reminds me of a game of tug-of-war. Imagine pulling with all your might against an adversary. A victory means you achieve your goals. And consequently, defeat means you’ve abandoned your potential. Could you pull against an entire team all by yourself? Most likely not. Instead, you need the strongest people to help you win and achieve those goals.
3. All Of The Greatest Achievers Had A Coach
When I say greatest of all time (G.O.A.T.), what immediately comes to mind? Was it Michael Jordan? Roger Federer? Joe Montana? Babe Ruth? Pelé? Serena Williams? Muhammad Ali?
Though these individuals were extremely self-motivated and bore the qualities of champions, one commonality between the above list is that they all had coaches. Some had many and others had few. Either way, neither of these G.O.A.T.’s did what they did alone. If you are striving for greatness no matter the capacity, you need a coach.
The coaches in the above examples were all influential figures in their sport and throughout their careers. But when people say Michael Jordan, very few people immediately follow that thought with his coach, Phil Jackson, who was the only coach ever to win multiple championships and never lose a game throughout the NBA Finals. An accountability partner is a trained professional with the right tools, resources, experience and a utility belt of knowledge to help you become great. An accountability partner can coach you through the highs and the lows of goal chasing.
You can always ask your friends, your mom, your dad, your professors, and your other voluntary peers to hold you accountable. To an extent, their accountability will do worlds and wonders for you compared to the 92 percent who are still struggling with their new year’s resolutions. But without the help of a paid professional, you are limiting your potential.
Picking the right coach is essential. You want them to be your partner so that you can share the wins and mourn the losses and failures. You wouldn’t hire a fat guy to coach you on weight loss. Nor would you hire a 100 lb light-weight to coach you into bodybuilding or sumo wrestling. You need an accountability professional.
4. Accountability Is The Difference Between Success And Failure
To bring this lesson full circle, the difference between good and great is that good takes all the necessary actions to achieve their goals. Great goes above and beyond the quota to surpass expectations and achieves insurmountable quests. Good asks someone if they know to hold them accountable. Great pays for a coach and in return gains a partner and achieves greatness.
Regular accountability is essential to your progress and fulfillment. A great example of this is the accountability coaches at Amplified Minds (AM). The AM Accountability Partners personally reach out and follow-up on goals twice each week. They ask exploratory questions and provided impressive, professional feedback. They share resources to help educate you and increase your progress. They share examples and motivate you to take your commitment level above and beyond the average goal setter. They help you become an achiever.
Much like the pros and their coaches, you need an accountability partner who will coach you through your goals and passions to help you navigate the journey of achieving your dreams. The Amplified Minds’ accountability partners are the only group I know of that gives you all that was mentioned for an affordable $20 per month.
Now that you know why you need an accountability partner, who is will be your coach?