4 Reasons Why You Need An Accountability Partner

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