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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.

Accountability can help you go the extra mile to turn an aspiration into an accomplishment. Whether it is a friend with similar goals, a spouse or significant other, personal trainer or training group, accountability partners serve as confidants, motivators, and often a means to keep you in check. By surrounding yourself with the right people in your corner, it can help increase your level of commitment and motivation.

5 reasons why an accountability partner can help you follow through with your goal:

1. Your biggest cheerleader:

There will be days when your motivation and mental strength will be tested and the ambition you once felt in the beginning starts to fade. 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.

2. Making the ‘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.

3. Celebrate the milestones…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. Goal remain a priority:

Select an individual that won’t allow you to give up easily and will help you stay on course, not allowing you to abandon your goal. 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. Don’t 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. When selecting or searching for your accountability partner/group, aim to find someone who will challenge, engage and evoke a sense of accomplishment in you. Seek out likeminded, selfless people to be on your side.