“I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have.. Life itself.” – Walter Anderson
Welcome to another glorious Motivational Monday. Most people hate Monday because it’s the start of another week of work, likely at a “Job” they really hate and wish they were out of but they haven’t quite found their jump to something they truly enjoy. For me Monday is just a day I choose to use as a restart of positive influence. I mean I could waste time thinking; “Oh, it’s Monday. I HATE MONDAY’S” in a Garfield like voice but that’s not going to do anything for me except start a negative thought pattern for my week. Instead I like to think; “Oh, It’s Monday! If I didn’t do so great on my training, on a hobby or feel like I improved myself as a person during last week, I get a whole “new” week to get it right”. It’s like the movie Groundhog day.
Which is a great movie if you haven’t seen it, and also something I noticed my accountability partner Vanessa mentioning in a few of her Facebook postings. Sometimes a day is bad and you want to restart it, sometimes a day is great and you want to relive it. The main thing is to not get hung up on bad days and let one bad day, become a life time of bad days. That’s why I have Motivational Monday’s. Monday is my reset day if the week didn’t turn out how I wanted and If it did turn out great then I try to make the next week even better! Sometime’s it helps to have someone there when you’re pursuing a goal or dream and you have set backs or need someone to refuel you and remind you what you’re trying to do and that’s why you need an accountability partner!
There are many thing’s to love about an accountability partner. They ride your ass when you start slipping off your track with your eating and your training, they are always there for you when you need someone to reinforce what you’re trying to accomplish in a positive motivating way and their unique personality is just the outside influence you need to keep with whatever it is you are doing. So often we get trapped in isolation thinking we are on our own (and unless you’ve purposely alienated yourself) when we aren’t and can find someone to be their for a specific goal if we just ask them. However, if you don’t ask anyone, you will be on your own. Sometime’s it can take some work finding the right accountability partner, you need someone you can depend on and someone that isn’t afraid to call you on your bullshit excuses! The main thing to remember when you have an accountability partner is to BE HONEST WITH THEM. This is just like a relationship, you need to be honest with your accountability partner or they can’t completely help you. This goes double if you don’t see them everyday and they aren’t watching you go through your struggles to achieve your goal.
So here are just a few things to look for in a future accountability partner
-They motivate you to do your best
-Calls you on your bullshit / No sugar coating and is Honest with you
-Sets goals with you /Challenges you to competitions to keep you both actively involved
-RELIABLE PERSON! If you set a check in date, weekly, monthly, whatever. They NEED to check in with you. Someone persistently nagging you helps.
-High desire to see results in both of you! It help’s if the person is going in the same direction as you.
The great thing about an accountability partner is how many you can have! You can have multiple accountability partner’s which is great for group synergy. For example people that get one of my Challenge Packs like to work together if they’re on the same program because they can start at the same time and converse about what they found that helped get them through a workout or just how much it kicked their ass. While they still get help from myself, so there are a lot of support influences driving towards success. Accountability Partner’s aren’t limited to just fitness, it works for business aspects, hobbies, you name it, you can have a partner for it. It’s always more fun to work in pairs in my opinion! So I highly recommend you find one!
If you want to have me as an accountability partner, please join my team and leave me a message as I would love to work with you personally. If you know someone having trouble with their goals and you think they could use my help, send them to the site maybe there is a Motivational Monday post that will jump start their week!