Do you have at least one accountability partner you reach out to? Especially when your levels of professional resilience fluctuate on this roller-coaster of a year? If you have not identified at least one trusted partner to act as your sounding board amidst the chaos, take the time to do so. Today.
The standard definition of an accountability partner is an individual who coaches another to keep true to their commitments. These individuals are great when you are trying to stick to a diet, train for a marathon and improve your business.
However, 2020 kind of explodes that definition, doesn’t it? The continuous barrage of scenarios you deal with creates a professional crucible for decision-making. Yours, your teams’ and your clients’.
Do you currently have such a partner? Consider perhaps they feel stretched beyond their own professional capabilities in that role. Thus, should you feel your current partner falls short of professional expectations, take a look at these criteria. And for those of you searching for an accountability partner, take these points into consideration, as well.
First, your accountability partner must be trustworthy.
Why select an accountability partner simply because I suggested it in this post? Take your time. Who do you know, within your circle of friends and colleagues, who is trustworthy and discrete in personal and professional conversations with you? If you are exhausted and overwhelmed by this point in 2020, join the club. However, mental exhaustion is not an excuse to rush out and ask just anyone to be your accountability partner. Simply because you need someone to talk to. Because you may end up talking to a person who is not invested in being fully present for you.
Next, set realistic expectations of each other. An accountability partner is not all things to all people.
An accountability partner must be able to set limits on how they are able to best serve you. Your accountability partner may not have the answers to every question, but they have the network to direct you to where to see answers. Also, when you have a partner you trust, sometimes conversations become more personal than professional. However, is your partner willing to maintain professional boundaries? And, in drawing a professional line in their own personal sand, help you identify new accountability resources. So you can solve specific issues, including healthcare ones?
Then, an accountability partner is able to help you identify small successes, even if you want to be overwhelmed by Everything.
2020 is the perfect year to be overwhelmed by a non-stop barrage of real and imagined noise and drama and reality. Take your pick. And some days it is useless to resist thinking of everything you are dealing with. When that happens, your professional resilience is tsunami’d. If you make this type of thinking a habit, you never move one millimeter forward to get to where you really need to go. Your accountability partner helps you realize how you are becoming habituated to professional overwhelm. And your partner reaches out to you. So you refocus on all the small changes with long-term impacts which you have accomplished, thus far. Yet, your partner is not there to be an idealistic cheerleader. Rather, your partner’s realism helps you set and manage your own expectations.
Have you identified an accountability partner (or several) yet? You do not need to conquer the world in the first conversation. However, you will be surprised at how much energy you gain by moving one millimeter beyond your current mindset. Use this blog post to develop some accountability criteria of your own, or reach out to me to help you develop your list. Contact me here.
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