5 ways to work smarter with an accountability partner

Encourage each other -- and have fun
  • Working with an accountability partner is a great way to stay on track.
  • Find fun ways to keep each other motivated.
  • Don't make it all or nothing -- reward the little wins along the way.

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By February, most New Year's resolutions have long disappeared, studies show. Some of that can simply be because we let ourselves off the hook too easily. In training programs, whether they be for fitness or business, simply having an accountability partner to cheer you on can help keep those resolutions going. Accountability can be the biggest motivator no matter what goal you are trying to achieve, which is one of the reasons that coaching and personal training are so essential to success. It's not that we don't know what we need to do, it's just that sometimes it's easier to show up for someone else than to show up for ourselves. At Partners Trust, for our eight-week personal growth series, each associate was asked to team up with an accountability buddy. We've seen this work well in our offices. Each week, groups of eight break out for a session on the materials in the weekly lectures. The real power, however, is in the successful connections between accountability pa...