Carl Sednaoui

Find an Accountability Partner and Achieve Your Goals

tldr: Having an accountability partner has helped me remain motivated when the temptation to quit was strong. I encourage you to find an accountability partner to keep you in check - as well as help you track and achieve realistic and measurable goals.

I hate running. Let me rephrase that, I have yet to take pleasure in running. I’ve been struggling to keep up the “good habit” of running 3 times a week. It’s something I want to do, but it’s also something that I dread. Thanks to a friend I was able to remain motivated and keep up with my jogging routine - even now that the weather has dropped to 40F in NYC (that’s 5 degrees Celsius). This was the 1st time that I experienced the power of an accountability partner. I am now repeating this (having an accountability partner) to go through a 8 days cleanse and so far it’s working wonderfully well.

Ok, so let’s talk about YOU now. The new year is just starting and, chances are, you have some pretty ambitious goals you’d like to get through in 2013. Looking back, 2012 probably started off the same way: Many ambitious goals, endless to-do lists and, by the end of the year, you realized that you only achieved some of them. What are you going to do differently this year to achieve your goals? What product(s) are you going to ship by the end of 2013? Think about it. No seriously.

Once you’ve identified your goals, it’s time to find your accountability partner. According to Wikipedia “An accountability partner is a person who coaches another person in terms of helping the other person keep a commitment”. You now need to find someone, anyone - yes, even me, to help you stay on track with your goals.

There are 3 important things to keep in mind when using the power of an accountability partner.

  1. Tell your accountability partner WHAT goal you want to be kept accountable for (yes, I know, sounds obvious)
  2. Make sure you provide both: a goal and a deadline
  3. Make sure that your goal is MEASURABLE
    • A good example: Finish the redesign wireframes for CourseBacon by January 15. This include the resources index page and the resources show page.

Now do me a HUGE favor: Write down a measurable goal and send it to a friend and ask him/ her to become your accountability partner. Actually, here’s my offer, if you can’t find an accountability partner I’d be more than happy to become yours - I’ll do this with the first 10 people that reach out. My email is carlsed[a.t]ThatGoogleEmailThing.com.

Give it a shot, what do you have to lose?

P.S. I’d love to hear how you stay motivated, let me know in the comments or on Hacker News.