Has this ever happened to you? You start Monday with goals fit to create huge success by Friday and then the following Monday rolls around and you’ve been side tracked by life?
Don’t worry it happens to even the most self motivated entrepreneurs… from time to time of course. There was a time when my mantra was, “It’s always something!” And it turned out to be true. If it wasn’t the home phone ringing off the hook, it was something breaking down that needed my immediate attention, or my daughter was sick and had to stay home that day, or one of my clients needed something done yesterday, or my internet was down, or a virus had attacked the file I planned to use, or there was a big event at my daughter’s school, or… well I’m sure you get the picture.
Life is going to happen… there is no way around it. I had been thinking about life as the Solopreneur when I had a dream that helped point me in the right direction. I was sitting in a room with a lot of other people. We were all sitting in chairs formed into a circle. The room was silent, really silent so I knew it was my turn to speak. I didn’t have a clue what I was suppose to say but the setting reminded me of an AA meeting from a Law and Order rerun so I said, “Hello, my name is Tami and I’m a” and I woke up. I couldn’t believe it! I was interrupted from admitting I use “life” as an excuse. “It’s always something!”
The dream really got me thinking about support groups in general and specifically about accountability partners. Who can a solopreneur go to when there is no one to vent with around the water cooler? Learning to adapt to the changing needs of the day, prioritizing activities and maintaining a certain level of motivation are known keys to success. For this I found an accountability partner. In the beginning I partnered with friends, but now I’m a member of a professional accountability group that rotates partners every 6 weeks. The rules are simple. State your weekly goals and report each week on the ones you complete and more importantly on the ones you don’t.
Accountability partners are a great way to keep your goals and activities in check and maintain a manageable to do list. A great way to find a partner is to start with a friend who could also use an accountability partner or search for a local/online group.
These tips will help keep your meetings on target and focused:
- Create and maintain a weekly touch base session, either in person or by phone.
- Have an initial discussion on how to handle advice and brainstorming moments – not everyone wants advice or how to and it’s important to lay down the structure of the call or meetings.
- Discuss “kick in the pants” needs as well as rewards and discipline
The point is to be accountable to your success, create opportunities to share and enjoy the progress!