Motivation may get you started, but when it comes to achieving a goal and sustaining the results, you may need to rely on more than your desire to succeed.

In a study about goal achievement conducted by Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews from Dominican University in California, the results showed that people who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent them weekly updates were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated them.

It’s clearly not enough to make a declaration about what you are going to do. You have to put in the work, face the possibly of making a few sacrifices and develop a plan. Yes, we can make vision boards, create daily journals or recite positive affirmations but accountability can help you go the extra mile to turn an aspiration into an accomplishment.

Whether it is a friend with similar goals, a personal trainer or training group, accountability partners serve as confidants, motivators or may serve as a means to keep you in check. By arming yourself with the right people in your corner, it can help increase your level of commitment, motivation and help see you through the tough times.

If you struggle to see your goals through to the end or feel like you need an extra push, here are 5 reasons that an accountability partner could be the secret weapon to help you accomplish your next milestone.

1. They will be your biggest cheerleader

Accountability Partners are steadfast motivators. There will be days when your motivation and mental strength will be tested and the excitement you once felt starts to wane. It’s on these days that your accountability partner will be your biggest cheerleader by being the one to say ‘Yes you Can’ on the days when you don’t feel like you can continue. They can remind you of what you have accomplished and help keep your goals in sight as you work to make them become a reality.

2. They challenge you to make what seems ‘impossible’ possible

When selecting an accountability partner, it is important to choose a person that not only knows and understands your goals, but one who is also willing to push you out of your comfort zone. There may be times when you feel apprehensive about taking a risk or your limiting beliefs cast doubt about your potential. These are the times when an accountability partner can help you push through the anxiety and realize that the obstacles that we perceive as mountains are merely bumps along the path.

3. They will celebrate every milestone on your journey no matter how small

During the quest to accomplish a goal, we often get caught in thinking about how far we have left to go rather than how much we have already accomplished. How often do you stop to celebrate your milestones? Your accountability partner keeps your progress in perspective by giving you a pat on the back when you need it and helps you to remember that the journey is just as important as the destination.

4. They will make sure that your goal remains a priority

Once you have a partner or group on board to keep you accountable, think again about abandoned your goals at the first sign of trouble. In addition to their roles as motivators and cheerleaders, your accountability partner wants to see you succeed.

Select an individual that won’t allow you to give up easily and will help you stay on course. Even when you may feel distracted, you will have the added comfort of knowing you have someone in your corner to bring you back on track.

5. They prove that you don’t have to go it alone

One of the greatest benefits of having an accountability partner is the feeling that you will never walk your journey alone. There will always be someone in your corner to help motivate you, dispel your fears or even give you a reality check when you need it. Working towards a goal becomes a team effort instead of a solo one which may help lessen the fear of the unknown.

Remember that as you search for your accountability partner, aim to find someone who will challenge, engage and evoke a sense of accomplishment in you. Seek out people that you admire and respect to help you reach higher heights.

Over to you. Do you have an accountability partner? How have they helped you and are there are tips that you would add to this list?

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