It is not enough to just set goals, you have to be able to achieve them.
Many small businesses owners often start their businesses, or projects with so much energy but find it difficult to continue after hitting a few roadblocks.
They get discouraged, unable to implement their excellent ideas and strategies and end giving up on achieving their goals.
This is why having someone to hold them accountable for those goals and milestones is very important.
An accountability partner helps you stay committed to the goals you’ve set for your business.
They are there to nudge you, when you need it, offer their honest feedback, improve your performance and keep you on track to achieve your business goals.
But you have to get the right accountability partner to reap all these benefits.
That’s why we are sharing these 4 tips to help you make the right choice.
Four (4) Tips For Choosing The Right Accountability Partner
1. Choose Someone With Some Experience
Your accountability partner can be a friend, a group of individuals, or a fellow business owner or even an SME Coach.
Whoever you choose it’s important that they have an idea of what you’re trying to achieve, or have achieved it themselves.
The effectiveness of an accountability partner is usually tied to a defined goal, and experience comes in handy when you are genuinely stuck.
Because they can proffer solutions and support you to carry on.
Choose someone you can learn from their mistakes and that would help you identify some of the challenges you are likely to face ahead.
2. Choose A Partner That Is Willing To Invest In Your Success
The best accountability partner for you is someone that wants to see you succeed.
This means that they’re willing to go out of their way to see you succeed, invest time and effort to help you attain the milestones you’ve set for your small business.
3. Choose Someone That Would Always Give You Honest Feedback
In choosing an accountability partner, you must choose someone that’s not afraid to tell you that you’re wrong, or question your excuses and give you honest feedback.
By this standard, you cannot choose your employee to be your accountability partner because they might be afraid to tell you the truth and hold you accountable.
4. Choose Someone You Can Count On
One of the first traits to look out for in an accountability partner is whether you can trust them.
Trust is very important here because much like a therapist if you cannot guarantee that you’d say to them in confidence cannot be kept between you two, it would be difficult to open up to them.
Find someone you can trust enough to tell your goals, milestones and strategies with.
Someone you know can be relied on to be there to keep you accountable without excuses.
If you’re finding it difficult to get an accountability partner, contact the SME Coach today.
We have helped many small business owners in Nigeria stay on track and attain their set goals, and we believe we can do the same for you.