Meditation: Pushing Through Limits
Affirmation: I always attract only the best of circumstances and the best positive people in my life.
Pilates: Double Leg Kick
EQ Quiz: www.EOSQuiz.com
Dr. Deb Sandella is back with us on Monday at 12:00 PST/3:00 EST. She is going to check in with us and see how the meditations are going this month. It would also be a great idea to take the EQ test again (www.EOSQuiz.com) to see where you started almost a month ago and where are you now. Take the test before we speak to Dr. Deb. She will answer any questions you may have and tell us how we can up our game and our time in meditation.
They Say It Takes A Village
Last night on the call with Annie Berryhill, we discussed the importance of being accountable in terms of staying motivated toward taking steps to loving yourself, finding inner peace and finding more freedom. This month in MAP, we have done just that within a group accountability format.
I also have an amazing group of brilliant, loving and supportive people that I meet with every two weeks to help me stay on top of my game. We are in a mastermind group together and within this group I have two accountability partners. I speak with them once a week as well to go over issues, wins, losses and strategies to keep us on track towards our goals. Working with a group and/or individual accountability provides a relationship toward success in any area your are working on your goals. Jack goes deeper into what accountability looks like below:
Accountability partners hold us responsible for meeting deadlines, accomplishing goals and making progress. They are a powerful combination of cheerleader and coach who make it easier to achieve our goals – and have more fun along the way.
How Accountability Relationships Work
When you enter into a relationship with an accountability partner, you agree to hold each other’s feet to the fire. Talking on a regular basis is essential for maintaining momentum and making steady progress toward your respective goals.
Ideally, you should check in with your accountability partner every day. During these brief conversations, you’ll each state your goals for the day, as well as update your partner about whether or not you kept the commitments you made the previous day. Your partner will take notes about what you commit to achieving by day’s end and will ask you about them the following day.
Once a week or every other week, schedule a longer call with your partner so that you can provide a deeper level of support to each other. Use the time to get your partner’s input on a challenge you are facing, brainstorm ways to achieve a particular goal you’ve set, or tap into your partner’s network of resources.
4 Most Essential Traits of a Good Accountability Partner
When evaluating potential accountability partners, look for someone who:
- Is committed to growth. Accountability partners must be as interested in their own growth as they are in the partner’s growth. Without such a fundamental commitment with you, they will have a hard time providing the proper support.
- Keeps agreements. Entering into an accountability relationship requires making a commitment of time and energy. If you agree to speak every morning, it’s critical that your partner keeps that agreement.
- Can hold you accountable. One way we sabotage our success is by making excuses to ourselves when we don’t keep our agreements. Accountability partners must be able to listen to our justifications with compassion and kindness, yet not buy into them. They must strongly hold a vision of our success and challenge us, if necessary, to do the work necessary to achieve our goals.
- Is interested in results. At times, you will slip and not keep your daily commitment. Your accountability partner must be able to keep an eye on the ultimate results you say you want to achieve and support you in recommitting to your goal.
Questions to Ask a Potential Partner
When you find someone with whom you would like to partner, have an honest conversation about what you each want from the relationship. The more candid you are about what you need and what challenges have prevented you from achieving goals in the past, the better equipped your partner will be to support you. Here are a few questions to discuss with your partner at the start of your relationship:
- What motivates you?
- When you have set goals in the past, what worked to keep you focused and moving forward when you were met with obstacles, or you weren’t achieving as much success as you wanted?
- What do I need to know about you that might present challenges for our relationship?
- What do I need to know about you that will strongly support our relationship?
Working with an accountability partner is similar to climbing a mountain range with a buddy. They help to hold a vision of the summit when we are in dark valleys. They encourage us when we get tired and feel like quitting. And they celebrate our successes when we achieve a new peak. It may be possible to make the climb alone, but it’s far easier and more enjoyable with someone by your side.
Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul® and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com