So, I have some of the sweetest, bestest friends in the world. They love and support me like nobody’s business. We love to chat about what’s going on in our lives, with kids, husbands, boyfriends, jobs. We love to encourage each other in the tough times. But I have to say that in the area of keeping each other accountable to tough goals, we definitely fall short.
Failure to keep each other accountable happens not because of a lack of love and care. In fact, it is often because we love and care TOO much to be tough and hold feet to the fire. We give our sweet friends and family free passes when they start making excuses for not sticking to diets, job searches, business goals…the list goes on. And all in the name of love.
Did you know that when you decide to make a change in your life or set a goal, you only have a 25% chance of actually carrying through if you don’t share your decision and keep accountable? And even if you design a plan and share your decision with others, the chance of you completing your goal is still only 65%!
Not until you form a true accountability partnership where you keep regular appointments and discuss milestones, hurdles and challenges will you have the greatest opportunity for success. In fact, your chance of success goes to 95%! I don’t know about you, but I will take a 95% chance of accomplishing something any day!
So what does true accountability partnership look like? And how does a life coach fit that bill?
An accountability partner is someone you choose to come along side you and keep you on track to achieving your goals. Their focus should not be giving you free passes or “that’s ok’s” – but rather the “why not’s” and “how can you’s” that keep you focused and moving forward. It’s a tough job. And often times when we choose family or friends to be that accountability partner, they just aren’t tough enough.
That’s where a life coach comes in. Now, let me say that I love my clients more than anything. I cry when they cry and cheer when they cheer. But my job – my responsibility – is to hold them unwaveringly accountable to the promise they have made to themselves and others to make a change. Many of my clients have tried and tried for years to make changes without success because they didn’t have the right accountability relationship. But now they are seeing big change – lightbulb moments, the weight of conflict and indecision lifting away – they are reaching the finish line.
And I want that for you, too. I know that you have things in your life that you are working toward or want to change. But you don’t know how or you just haven’t been able to get there. We can do it together today. Without a doubt.
I am always here when you need me!
Love and hugs,