Having an Accountability Partner
We all need other people to succeed, that’s for sure.
Last June 2015, I made a promise that I will write more articles for my blog. This article writing is in connection with my bigger goal of writing and self-publishing an eBook. My only way to fulfill that bigger goal is to keep on learning,
keep on practicing and keep on writing. So I set to myself to publish at least two articles every week. That would be a good goal for a very hectic schedule.
But it’s not so easy if you are working fulltime, family responsibilities and church responsibilities. I find it almost impossible to have time to do the writing. I can only manage one article a week. There are weeks that I was not able to publish article. Five months passed, I am still not achieving my goal of two articles a week. I am pretty much short of my target.
At times, I thought of giving up. I should stop and give up my dream and desire. Well, that’s one way to go, and the other way is to keep on. I decided to go with the latter. There’s a saying that ‘if there is a will, there is a way.’ If the reason why I should write a book is strong enough, I can resist the temptation of throwing away the towel. So I really have to find a way how to fulfill the goal.
Finding time for goal
We all have the same 24 hours and everybody’s busy, yet some people were able to achieve better things on their lives. The difference must be about what we do with our time. Fulfilling a goal requires something, the things you are willing to pay to pursue our dreams. It could be sacrificing some of the time used for watching TV or going out with friends, then use that time to work on your dreams.
I decided to wake up earlier to do my writing. I used to wake up at 6:30 am, prepare myself quickly and go to work. I started waking up at 6:00 am to have at least 30 minutes. Then when I am used to waking up at 6:00 am every day, I put my alarm to wake me up at 5:00 am. This sacrifice allows me to have at least 90 minutes of time to write articles. Now I have time to write!
Now that I was able to free up some time to use for writing, I made a higher goal to publish three articles a week. I even made a schedule that articles should be published 6:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To assist me with my goal, I needed the help of an accountability partner to make sure that I am moving forward to my goal. I arranged with my daughter that she will be my accountability partner. Her role will be to remind me of my task to publish an article. I have to report to her during the said schedules if I have completed the task or not. You just can’t imagine how is it to report to your child that you failed. I just don’t know how to find any excuse if I failed to fulfill my task for the day.
This arrangement made me more compelled to do my writing. I have to be ahead of my schedules and deadlines in writing and publishing articles. This arrangement brought good results. With the new articles being published on schedule, my blog reached Alexa ranking of 390,000 as of this writing. I have surpassed my goal of 500,000 ranking by the end of December. That’s a great accomplishment. Of course this website is far from making earnings at the moment, but the article writing part helps me a lot to push myself in learning how to research and write. The big goal of self-publishing an eBook is not far away as well.
Indeed, if you are serious about fulfilling your goal, having an accountability partner is one tactic to keep you away from failing with your commitments.
Having an accountability partner does not mean that you have someone to blame if you failed to achieve your goal. It is very far from that. What you are trying to achieve is your own goal, your own success. The role of the accountability partner is only what you agreed upon. It might be a small task like I assigned to my daughter. So before having an accountability partner, you should know that you are the only one who is accountable for your success or failure. You are the one and only accountable for yourself.
Who could be your Accountability Partner?
An accountability partner sees to it that we implement and maintain your commitments and desired habits to reach your goal by tracking your progress.
An accountability partner could be a family member, a friend, a person you admire or even a stranger that you met recently. He can be someone who has already a knowledge and attained success of what you are trying to accomplish. Some people even go to the extent of hiring someone for their accountability partner.
Depending on your requirement, you may not need your accountability partner on a constant basis. You may decide to meet regularly, or communicate through emails, or phone and video calls.
Whatever goal you are trying to achieve, an accountability partner can be of help to keep you moving forward.
To your success!
Having an Accountability Partner
P.S. If you are looking for an accountability partner, I’m offer you my service for free. It would be my joy seeing you succeed in your dreams!
P.P.S. I’d be publishing my book by the end of this month. If you would like to receive a free copy once it is published, fill up your name and email address. I will send you by email the update how you can get your free copy.