When other people expect you to do something, you have a greater chance of actually doing it.
This is the key principle behind accountability. We can tell others about our goals, and we don’t want to let them down or look like failures in their eyes.
I’ve talked a little about accountability before on LRHQ, but I’d never heard of an accountability partner before I spoke to Nicole.
Nicole is a Post Doc in Florida. She has spent many years in education and knows more than a thing or two about motivation and productivity. I talk to her in the podcast about an accountability partner and how they can help you.
What is an accountability partner and why are they so great?
Come on guys, I don’t want to spoil the interview for you…
Ok, just a sneak peak. An accountability partner is a mixture between someone to hold you accountable and a mentor. In Nicole’s experience, it is someone to look up to, someone who is more advanced than you in their academic career. This is a great way of getting a two for one. Someone who will hold you accountable but also someone who will be able to give you the best possible advice and guide you down the best path to success.
There are other ways that accountability partner can work for you, but for that you’ll have to listen to the podcast episode.
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