What to Share with Your Accountability Partner
How much do you share with your trusted partner? That depends on who the partner is, the level of accountability you want, and what you are seeking accountability for.
Who Is the Partner?
You should desire to seek accountability for every aspect of your life. If you are married, you should be transparent with your spouse about all matters. Keeping secrets in marriage tends toward disharmony, suspicion, arguments, and worse. Instead, seek open, honest communication with your spouse to build intimacy and trust.
What you share with them obviously depends on what you want them to observe and evaluate.
Besides your spouse, you will likely have multiple specific partners for various aspects of your life. For example, you may have different partners for your physical fitness, your financial commitments, your online activity, your reading regimen, and so on. What you share with them obviously depends on what you want them to observe and evaluate.
What Are You Seeking Accountability for?
You need to give them enough information to effectively evaluate your success.
Consider sharing any of these elements:
- The goal or obligation you intend to achieve.
- Your attitudes, beliefs, desires, and decisions surrounding your commitment.
- Past and present actions that have helped or hindered your progress.
- Your next steps forward.
Share other specifics as appropriate. Avoid overburdening your partner with nonessential information. Keep your words pure and positive. Avoid making excuses. Tell your own story and refrain from degrading others.
Keep your success in view as you determine what to share. What will help move you forward?