by Mandi

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  1. Steph @ Problem Solvin Mom

    I definitely need some kind of accountability, though often it’s enough for me to commit to sharing my progress. For that reason, if there is something I really want to stay on track with, I blog about my journey.

    I love that you point out that we need to be willing to hear hard truths from an accountability partner. A strong relationship can be as or more important than shared goals.

  2. Nisha @Healthy Mom's Kitchen

    There are definitely some things that I enjoy doing so much more with a friend beside me! When I have a friend counting on me, I show up!

  3. Kate

    My college roommates and I were “accountability partners” through 2 years of college. We met once a week and discussed the our spiritual lives (God), romantic lives (guys), and our self-image (self). It was one of the most helpful things that kept me on track and emotionally balanced during some stressful years. We don’t do accountability anymore – and it’s something I definitely miss. I would recommend it to anyone!

  4. Alison @ Femita

    I think this whole idea of an accountability partner explains the success of online coaching programs and forums. They allow you to share your goals (whether they are personal, business or weight loss related) with other people who will motivate and inspire you, but will also give you a kick in the butt when needed.

  5. Jessica Washburn

    Accountability and committment haven’t ever really been my thing. I realize this is a big flaw and I’m trying each day to be better. I guess I’m my own worst critic so I’m pretty hard on myself, but it definitely helps to have an incouraging friend to keep me in check. Great post!

  6. Alok Appadurai

    The point about getting a mentor as an accountability partner is WELL-TAKEN! A mentor usually will have less trouble calling us out when we need that kick in the toosh. I just recently experienced this when I met with a mentor about a business concept I am working on. They shredded the idea, but mainly to make it stronger and hold me accountable to sniffing out the cracks in my concept instead of having blind faith. THAT is partnership to me! Constructive advice, support, and expectation!

  7. Liz

    As a coach, I can say that one of the things clients find most valuable about our relationship is the accountability. My clients come with a sense of where they want to go or what they want to do, and while I certainly might offer some suggestions, resources, alternatives they hadn’t though of, and ‘reality checks’, a bit piece of what I do is to take notes on what they say they are going to do, and then ask about it….
    So many times, just knowing that someone is going to check in with them means that they do the thing they wanted to do, but had been avoiding for whatever reason.
    And my favorite part is when they tell me, “I’m so glad I just went ahead and did it! It wasn’t nearly as hard/scary/terrible as I was imagining it would be.”
    Accountability gets things done!

  8. Katie @ Articles From Addington

    I think finding someone to work with throughout a goal is incredibly helpful, and makes the possibility of achievement much higher. I appreciated the suggestion of making appointments to check in with your mentor/partner. Life is busy, and this would really help both people keep their commitment. I wonder how this could be applied to improving a blog??

  9. Dominique

    Sometimes it is good to have a partner to keep one accountable for certain goals. I do have one in my good friend Van. We keep one another in check

  10. Prerna

    Awesome.. I’ve never had an accountability partner but now I think I’m going to find one. Especially since I have a list of goals for 2011 and most of them would benefit from having someone “competing” with me.
    Thanks for sharing this Mandi!

  11. Living the Balanced Life

    Accountability is huge and an big part of what I want to achieve eventually with my online blog/business. Accountablity coaching can help you get to where you want to go. In the meantime, there are options for blog challenges and forums everywhere! I myself am starting the 8 week Journey to Balance on my blog on Jan 2!

  12. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    I love the idea of having an accountability partner. Sometimes it’s difficult to put yourself out there, but doing so can really help you reach your goals. Great post!

  13. Farrukh

    I was always afraid to make new year’s resolutions as I was afraid that I could never keep them but this year I have made resolutions because I have found my accountability partner.

  14. Peter Stockwell@Fitness Blog

    This is particularly useful with weight loss. Losing weight by yourself can be a lonely business and it is easy to give up in despair. Find somebody to encourage you and celebrate success with you. But most important of all – set realistic goals.

  15. Katy

    Yes! An accountability partner is so helpful. In fact, the tagline for my blog is “measured, accountable, on track.”

    It sounds a little lonely, but for me the people who read my blog and my accountability partners. I find tracking food, exercise and habits the key to staying on track with goals and plans, and it’s so enjoyable to share the adventures along the way.

    Thanks for a great post!


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