It’s funny, yesterday I had one of my accountability partners point out to me that I was over-complicating things, over-analyzing things and just plain over-thinking things! It was a somewhat hard pill to swallow, but you know what, I needed that swift kick to put me back on track.
And that’s what an accountability partner is supposed to do — be that impartial third party that wants you to succeed but doesn’t have a vested interest in your success. They are there to support you, encourage you, push you and help you achieve what you want to achieve!
The nice thing about an accountability partner is that they can come out of nowhere! These aren’t necessarily mentors or coaches or friends or spouses or siblings or children or parents, but sometimes they could be. An accountability partner is someone you can bounce your ideas off of, where there are no limits to your dreams. This person (or these people) can genuinely tell you if an idea sucks or if an idea is brilliant!
So, yesterday, one of my Beachbody business accountability partners told me to just go by the process that is laid out in the Beachbody online office – don’t try to forge my own path – those systems are in place because they not only work for the individual who is following them, they also work for the people who are being brought in. Yup, there are some extremely helpful guidelines that work for Beachbody coaches to just follow, tweak slightly and then follow again!
Whether your accountability partner(s) is (are) in business, in fitness or in life, there is a method — and it’s called K.I.S.S.!
Why don’t I ever just Keep it Simple, Silly!
The answer to that is quite simple, actually – and it took a child who was tossing and turning to help me figure it out! The analyst in me forgets that when I buy into a working process, I can continue that process and it works!
Keep it simple in fitness – Just push play, do the work and you will get results.
Keep it simple in nutrition – Just buy the best quality products, with the least amount of processing, and nourish yourself.
Keep it simple in business – Just use the tools that have been created for you and follow them as defined.
Keep it simple in time management – Just open up a calendar or agenda and block out your day/week/month.
Accountability in Fitness
I believe that when you have someone who cares about you achieving success, but doesn’t have a vested interest in that success, you’ll be able to achieve it! Whether its a trainer, coach, instructor or workout-buddy, the accountability partner isn’t going to let excuses dictate your path for success. Instead, they are going to remind you of your goals, help you overcome obstacles, help define your roadmap and cheer you on as you progress down your fitness path.
As a Beachbody coach, this is exactly what I do — help you pick the program that is right for you, provide the support you need to keep at it, remind you of the progress you’ve already achieved when you stumble, hold my hand out for you to get back up, tout your successes as they mount and most of all, just give you an encouraging smile or nod!
Accountability in Nutrition
My last post talked a lot about where I stand on your diet. I don’t believe that people who eat sugary foods or leafy greens or packaged foods or lots of carbohydrates or lots of protein or lots of fats are put on different rungs of a ladder, and nor should you. Instead, when you hire a dietitian or nutritionist or food counselor or ask for nutritional advice, it’s all about education and re-training. An accountability partner in nutrition will recommend books to read, recipes to try, new produce and the like. They may recommend tracking your food intake in an online program, like MyFitnessPal or LoseIt!. You will likely learn what calories and portion sizes look like. Getting good at making good nutrition choices for your body is all about continually learning about the options and seeing how your body responds.
I am absolutely willing to be an accountability partner on your nutrition journey. Fueling your body right is an extremely important part of feeling good, losing weight and enjoying life. Most of the time, I just pass on what I have learned, because I am not trained to design meal plans or diagnose underlying food-related conditions.
Accountability in Business
Being in business for myself, I often forget that I’m not by myself. There are thousands of other professionals who are forging their own paths right alongside me. They are in the same fields as I am, or different fields. They may or may not look like me. They might have a similar family dynamic as mine, or theirs might be completely different. But, we all need and can learn from each other.
Whenever I get the opportunity to join a new mastermind, coaching, support, inspiration hub or group, I try to do it. Because you will never know who you may meet on the inside and how they can impact your business for the short-term or long-term.
My accountability partner that I mentioned at the beginning of this post is from a Beachbody group that I’m part of. This group is for coaches to get on track with their goals, stay on track with their goals, see each others successes and struggles and learn from them. We were paired by the group leader with others in the group, and I was paired with two awesome moms from Canada!
Because she’s not going to gain or lose anything from helping me grow, she is in the great position to give me that swift kick that I need! I highly encourage all entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners to grab hold of your future and find someone to hold you accountable to your dreams!
Accountability in Time Management
This one has been a really tough one for me. I want to be as productive as possible when the kids are “doing their thing” and as present as possible when the kids are with me. I used to use a day planner, and it was good, to a point, but didn’t do quite enough. I am currently scheduling everything in my life — down to the 1/4 hour on my Outlook calendar. It shows my Google Calendar and syncs with my phone and my Surface.
I account for driving time and what I can do in a multi-tasking manner (like eat lunch and check email). I have 7am – 8:35am blocked off each weekday as “get the day started” so that I can do what I need to do with the kids, shower, make lunches, check Facebook and Instagram (for fun, not for business development) and so on.
Another huge thing I’ve done, since I’m in front of the computer so much each day — I’ve plugged my headphones into the jack, so that I don’t hear the FB or Email “bing.” I only put the earbud in my ear when my schedule tells me to! It’s working really well so far 🙂
I am accountable to my calendar because then I know that I’m getting my work done!