10 Reasons Why Accountability Works

February 25, 2020

By Meghan Greenwood

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  1. Trust & Success: If you are accountable to someone, you are more likely to implement what you know into what you do. Ken Blanchard, author of “Know Can Do” and creator of Blanchard LeaderChat, suggests 15-30 minute one-on-one conversations every 2 weeks can not only build trust, but also support focus and success.
  2. Tracking: An accountability partner can keep you on track with checklists, worksheets, or other easy ways of effective and focused goal management.
  3. Social commitment: Being socially committed to an accountability partner increases your odds of successfully completing a task from 65% to 95%.
  4. Constructive criticism: A third-party accountability buddy can provide constructive criticism and help modify the way you look at your goals.
  5. Self-worth: Healthy conversations about your goals can not only help re-frame them into achievable tasks but can also boost your self-worth, in turn motivating you to crush your goals!
  6. Outer expectations: As described by author Gretchen Rubin, obligers, people who meet outer expectations but resist inner expectations, may need an accountability partner. If they set a goal for themselves, they’ll likely avoid it – however, if they feel a duty to another person to meet that goal, they’ll achieve it!
  7. Avoid disappointment: We are easily influenced by social pressures. If we tell someone we’re going to do something, we will try our best not to disappoint them.
  8. SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Writing down and sharing SMART goals with a friend can significantly boost your success.
  9. Clear reasons: An accountability partner can help you determine a clear “why“? Taking a step back and having a conversation about the reasons you’re setting these goals can be enough motivation to proceed or re-frame.
  10. Power in numbers: You’re not alone. Having a third-party accountability buddy can establish a sense of family. Support of an encouraging person is pivotal, especially when the going gets tough.

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