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Accountability Partners Can Be Effective

by skoda on December 2, 2017

Can An Accountability Partner Be Effective?

 

Having an accountability partner works very well in many situations where one or more individuals desire to reach the same goals. Without desire and dedication toward a common outcome, becoming a team for whatever particular purpose would be senseless and a big waste of time. There are many circumstances in which a person would want to consider being accountable to someone. This is a very serious decision to make because it involves letting someone else enter into your mental, spiritual, physical and even emotional world.

By nature, we as humans look to ourselves for answers and would much rather trust in our own thoughts and actions rather than those of others. Many times we are or become our own worst nightmare as a result of those very actions and thoughts.

If asked, many people would tend to say that accountability is about someone else and not themselves. The reality of being accountable is actually all about ourselves and how we handle any given situation and or responsibility. Entering into a partnership that is based on being accountable means that you yourself would need to step up to the plate and hold up your end of the mission.

The concern over the lack of accountability spans the full spectrum of mankind. In the business world, echoes of day-to-day frustration can be heard through statements like, “the deadline was today, why wasn’t this taken care of yesterday” or “I thought the night manager was supposed to submit the pay for employees”. In personal relationships, frustration rings out through statements such as, “you knew I was working, why didn’t you take care of that” or “you were the one that scheduled the delivery so why weren’t you the one home to receive it”.

Can you feel the chaos and frustration emanating from just those small examples? Just imagine if employees, our families, children, neighbors and anyone else we encountered simply lived life with an “oh well it doesn’t matter anyway” attitude. Then, to top it off we also carried on day-to-day with the same nonchalant careless attitude. Life is already hard and frustrating enough as it is, why should we make it worse for ourselves and others.

Efficiencies, expectations, tasks, commitments and productivity all sound relative to managing a business. Believe it or not, life is serious business and without having some form of structure and organization in it, all that we know can spin out of control very quickly. I guess we could call it having a method to the madness that surrounds us every day.

When we ask ourselves, can an accountability partner be effective, the answer is a resounding yes. But that answer is solely based on an individual’s decision to submit to conditions that will allow one or more people to enter their realm of thought and action. To have an effective partnership, an individual would also need to be a very effective partner themselves.

Such partnerships can work well if given a chance. But they work even more better if you give yourself a chance.

 

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LISTEN – Before Goal Setting

by skoda on October 29, 2017

Before Goal Setting – Listen

 

Sounds kind of dumb, doesn’t it?  After all, we know what does and doesn’t work for us, right?  We’ve all had to struggle and some of us even hat to hit “Rock-Bottom” before learning where we made our mistakes.

What I’m trying to say here is that we MUST learn to communicate our Goals to others so we can get help and encouragement along the way.  But, the first, most-important step in Communication IS Listening.

I know … I know!  Goal Setting is Personal and it should be designed around what we want out of life and our own desires.  Sounds Right!

But, don’t we often set goals around what we want for our friends and loved ones?  Most of want to travel more, make more and have fun more with those closest to us.  So, doesn’t it make sense to ask them what they want that maybe you can work with them so both of you (or your family) can grow and succeed together for a common goal?

Sure, if you’re the only one overweight then you may have to tackle that goal for yourself.  Or, if you are trying to earn a degree to get that perfect Job.  But most goals can be Group-Oriented.  When I took the focus off of myself and started giving more of myself I started growing and being more successful.   Before that I was just spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere.

It’s very important to ask for advice (from someone you respect and trust) while we’re working on your goals.  Then write them down and put them in a conspicuous place where you can see them and keep track of your progress on a regular basis.  Even if you stumble and fail in the beginning, it’s not too late to reevaluate and press on.  But be careful to listen to your gut feeling.  Sometimes we have that feeling that things just aren’t right and we need to stop and refocus on our efforts.  We can’t blindly follow someone else’s goals or wishes.  They must align with ours.

Toastmasters has helped me Listen, Speak and Lead when asked.  The program teaches basic skills in Leadership and Communication (including Listening) through the Art of Public Speaking.  I have learned and grew so much just over the past 3 years since being a member.  And this is one of the best Networking Groups I know of and has my business grow.

Make time to step back and relax and meditate to ensure that you’re sticking with your goals and to make adjustments as necessary.  It’s also very important to constantly be learning a new skill.  It helps keep our minds tuned where they need to be and helps us in our relationships as well as the important Art of Listening.

 

Listen More and Make this YOUR Year of Firsts

 

MJ Durkin says:

“After all the goals are set, the “why’s” are explored and the vision boards are created you actually have to put names on a List, pick up the phone and punch the buttons! All the getting ready to get ready does not build a Sales career or a Relationship-Marketing business! What builds a business is finding a lead to put on a List, booking an appointment to give a presentation and making a recommendation that they buy or join! Stop messing around with vision and punch some darn buttons!

 

I recommend a vacation.  Lots of them.  But, a VIP Vacation!

 

 

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