Using an Accountability Partner
Last Update: Oct 30, 2020
One of the most exciting things about being a solopreneur is that you get to do things your way.
No bosses. No employees. Nobody telling you what to do or when to do it! Sounds great....and it can be.
But one of the things that most people who choose this path struggle with is staying focused.
It's great to say "I'm my own boss". But, sometimes, that comes at the price of not being accountable to anyone. (I know, we have our families and the dreams we hope to achieve with our business but, honestly, when we start out, we're not living off the income from this venture...YET!)
So, what happens? All too often, the distractions set in.
You start checking your emails. You read a great article on the web, which takes you to another one, then another. You HAVE to get that load of laundry in NOW! All the things we call life.
Then, before you realize it, another day has gone by and you haven't accomplished the things you set out to do.
If you see yourself in that scenario, here's a suggestion.....
Get an ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER!
This person could be another WA affiliate who you've "connected" with. Someone you enjoy talking with and respect the way they approach their business.
When you have this partner, it makes it easier to stay on track with your goals.
Here's a scenario....it's Monday. You and your Accountability Partner talk about what you plan to do this week.
You set a personal goal of writing at least 1 new review for your website and 1 blog post here and add 10 new people to your network.
You share that goal with your accountability partner and, guess what.....now you have someone you need to "answer to" when you get together again next Monday!
Are there consequences to not hitting your goal....no! But, the feeling of being accountable will absolutely help you when you have those daily distractions that come up.
I'm fortunate. My WA mentor, Koda August, is someone I see outside of the WA world. He introduced me to this great opportunity.
He and I will talk about our businesses and things I need to do. He'll say....I think you need to do x as your next step. Or, I'll tell him I want to go and take the OEC training. Or write this particular article for my website.
Now, when I see him the next time (and sometimes it will be the next day!) he'll ask me if I got any of that done!
Even though there's no penalty if I didn't, I still feel accountable to him, so I stay extra focused on doing what I said I was going to do!!
In the end, one of the beautiful things about Wealthy Affiliate is that we are in business For Ourselves, but not By Ourselves.
Having an Accountability Partner can help make sure you're never alone in this journey!!
A great idea, indeed!
Sometimes, just committing to another person that you'll do something can make all the difference in the world!
Thanks for the reply, Jeffrey!
Great idea! I found that by writing things down, make a chart or calendar, helps to keep me focused on the task at hand.
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The simplest ideas are the best ones,
I love this idea, I am certainly in the first camp, in fact I had a golden opportunity back in April (lockdown) where my ”day job” rota was reduced to only one or two days a week, the rest of the time was ours (on full pay) boy I was going to kill it, my website was going to have a shot in the arm.
Cut to today, .....7 months later, it didn't happen the way I had hoped, your idea would have certainly helped. Symbiotic relationships are often the best... I am back to work full time as of next week, so that boat has sailed...but there it is....procrastinator extraordinaire...thats me...
Funny thing I am about to start accountability with my digital marketing daughter (recently made redundant) who is also a procrastinator and dreamer...
Great post thank you 👍
Completely understand, Cordelia. That Procrastination Monster can pop up at the worst times!
It sounds like you have a great opportunity to implement the idea with your daughter!