A Change of Direction - Part 3

January 15, 2016, 12:00 am


Share Your Plan with Someone

One key to making lasting change in your life is to have someone who will keep you accountable to your goals. Once you’ve  outlined your plan, seek out a person you can trust to share in your plan. Tell them the steps you’ve outlined to reach your goal and let them know you are seeking their help to keep you to your plan.  This person, your accountability partner,  can play a key role in your success. Once you open up to them about your desire for change and discuss how you plan to succeed, they can offer valuable feedback. As you discuss the various  aspects of the plan together, your accountability partner may even suggest beneficial modifications to your original plan you hadn’t considered.

An accountability partner is someone we invite into our lives for the purpose of helping us to stay on track in accomplishing what we have set out do. I meet weekly with a few different men that I have accountability relationships with. Knowing that we are meeting helps motivate me to stay on task with the things in my life that need to change.

When meeting with someone in an accountability relationship, it is important to establish some guidelines. Here are some of the guidelines that have helped in my relationships. The first thing is a commitment to be honest with the other person.  Another important factor is that we stay on track with the reason we are meeting. The last thing is that you come up with a list of questions that have to do with the progress you are making toward the desired outcome.

When seeking out an accountability person, I have found the following characteristics to be beneficial. Find someone who you respect because of what you see in their lives. I look for people who are both spiritually sound and disciplined. You also want that person to be an encourager. The last essential characteristic to look for is honesty. Make sure that they will be honest and not just tell you what you want to hear. I haven’t always liked what my accountability partners have said to me but I know they are right. Listening to them has helped me to move forward in my quest to change. The proverb writer reminds us that wounds from a friend can be trusted. When a friend speaks a difficult truth to us we know they care.

In some cases, we may even bring a friend into the change process as a partner. Having an exercise partner can be really helpful. There may be times when we don’t feel like working out but we do it anyway because we don’t want to let the other person down. Because you are accountable to that other person, you stay on task and might even be challenged to work a little harder than you would have on your own. Share your plan someone.

Talk to you next week.

God Bless you.

Tom

 

  

 

 

 

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