When it came to the rebranding Blogger Babes, Heidi and I planned to achieve a lot within just six weeks. I set out to rebrand/redesign the website, created our ultimate free gift to encourage subscriptions to our mailing list, and set up our product line of ebooks, Kindle book series, and membership services.
With all of those goals in mind, I was part of a Stretch Yourself Challenge where other members kept me accountable for everything I said I’d do.
An opportunity came up when a member needed some extra support. Since I found myself really needing to get on the phone with someone at least once a week for some extra personal accountability, I decided to get on the phone!
And I’m very grateful for Teresa Miller of Freestyle Author, my accountability partner—with her keeping me on track, I was able to meet and exceed my stated goals, including rebranding my personal site, PonnSabra.com, and updating my awesome free report.
Finding an Ideal Accountability Takes Time
The two of us were just an ideal match for each other.
Teresa and I were both going through unexpected personal family tragedies and emergencies.
While I ran through all my highly-ambitious goals, I found solace in working more to fight my way through the emotions, and Teresa found peace in setting one major goal and meeting it with my help. She’d achieve her goal and I’d be massively proud of her, and she’d be equally proud of me.
Truth is, I’d had four failed accountability partners in the past. I’ve had great partnerships, like my relationship with Heidi, but business partners are totally different from “accountability partners.”
Roles of an Accountability Partner
Teresa and I
- set goals,
- discussed our progress, and
- went through what obstacles there were in meeting them.
We gave each other objective, frank, and honest business advice on reaching our respective big goals or making small, important steps.
Simple Goals, Simpler Expectations
Teresa had never had an accountability partner before and told me that she was resistant to one in our very first call. I shared my failed attempts with her as well. So we simply agreed to just “touch base” on the phone each Friday and “report” to one another and see if we can help simply by listening.
The listening was much easier for us, because it allowed us to solely hear someone else’s issues and problems strictly related to our businesses. We found great pleasure in being able to give clear actionable advice to one another because it allowed us to focus on tiny little business steps.
Surprising Results of a Great Accountability Partnership
To our great surprise, the success of achieving our business goals wasn’t our greatest moment. It was establishing the memory that we seized a once-a-week opportunity in business that developed into a deep profound new friendship.
Teresa and I were not professionally let alone personally close before our phone calls. However, we both had high respect for each others’ businesses, and fortitude to make it through this month’s Stretch Yourself Business Challenge despite our own personal issues.
In both of our personal families, no one else is a blogger or online entrepreneur. So their experiences with the tragedies we were all facing were different. (Isn’t this the case with all our families? I mean people still ask “you can make living blogging?…Didn’t the dot.com bomb years ago?”)
As accountability partners we were able to put our tragedies in perspective of our shared business model, and that made us stronger. Not only in business, but more importantly, it allowed us to support our families as wives, moms, daughters, and sisters much better.
I believe this is why our accountability partnership worked for both of us this time round.
Want to join a Stretch Yourself Challenge?
While my accountability was mainly for re-branding, here are 18 other ways you can use an accountability partner for your blog and business.
And, if you’re eager to reach one major milestone in the month of April like Teresa, or hit many blogging goals like me (and possibly meet “your Teresa”), please consider Kelly McCausey’s April 2015 Stretch Yourself Challenge that starts next week. It was totally worth it for me.
Now, I’m curious—have you ever considered having an Accountability Partner before? Do you have success stories to share? I’d love to know what you think of this idea.