“You need an accountability partner,” my friend suggests.
“What’s the incentive?” I ask trying to keep a straight face.
“We can do this TOGETHER. It’s a win-win situation!!!” my friend says passionately.
Friendship! Friendship! Good old fashioned friendship!
For the past month, we’ve been on this mission to change our lives, one goal at a time. And we’re trying to accomplish this goal by reading and implementing the exercises in Brian Tracy’s book “No Excuses.”
An accountability partner role is to help you stay on track and set attainable goals. Luckily, we’re realist. We know this venture isn’t going to be easy for either of us.
We’re going to be emotional and at times confrontational.
Our pact involves three things: watching trigger words about the past or future, watching our language and watching and calling out any signs of procrastination.
Day one: Check in, follow through.
“Have you completed the exercises?” the text reads.
“Of course,” I respond confidently.
“Learn anything you’d like to share?”
“How much time do you have?” I laugh—cracking myself up (I do that a lot!)
My cell phone rings.
The work has begun. I have a goal.
And an action plan.
How’s that for ready?
Brian Tracy’s book main focus is mastering self-disciple principles and implementing the lessons learned into your personal/professional life, with emphasis on being prepared to do the “real work.”
The first thing I pondered: “Am I ready to evaluarte my excuses–real or imagined?
Two: Can I accept being “checked” by my accountability partner?
Am I willing to go—even by myself—to the unknown and invest in myself?
According to Tracy, highly successful people has made being self-disciplined a priority. The adage goes: “Nothing succeeds like success itself.”
He says: “Success is not the money you make but rather the excellent person you become in the process of striving toward success and exerting self–discipline every time it is required.”
“Ready LaLinda?” my friend questions.
“I’m ready, willing, and able,” I say.