Do You Need An Accountability Partner?

By Guest Contributor Hannah Winner, CrossFit Level 1 Coach

The CrossFit community is undoubtedly one of the most supportive when it comes to individual success in a sport. Sure there is competition between fellow athletes, but seldom do you see ‘rivals’ not cheering each other on to keep moving or finish a wod. However, it can still be hard to motivate change in your at home habits or gym routine. This is why finding an accountability partner can be extremely beneficial.

What is an accountability partner?

  • An accountability partner is someone who will hold you to a different set of standards than you may hold yourself. This person has a clear understanding of your goals and is looking to support and motivate you on this journey. At CrossFit Bradenton I have seen them being used to make athletes more aware of their nutritional setbacks, or making sure their partner does extra work to conquer new movements and PR’s.

How to Decide what person may be a good accountability partner for you?

  1. Is this person’s success a reason you have picked them?

Your partner should not be picked just because they are your friend. Ideally, this person will be someone who has taken action and achieved something that you admire. If you are trying to eat better and your accountability partner doesn’t see a problem with the phrase “Treat yo self,” when it comes to a sleeve of Oreo’s, you may have picked the wrong person to keep you on track. Facing temptation will happen in the outside world, but your accountability partner should not be the source of temptation.

2. Does this person have the capacity to follow through with being an accountability partner to you?

When choosing an accountability partner, you should discuss whether they have the time and/or energy to follow through with being there for you. Overseeing other people’s work or feeling like there are deadlines for checking in may be too much for someone to handle on top of their own responsibilities.

3. Is this person going to sugarcoat their words when you fall off track or be bluntly honest with you?

The former may not make them a great fit, but blunt should not feel like you are being berated either.

Things to talk about when you are deciding how you want to utilize your accountability partner.

  • What are your goals and are they realistic?
  • What steps can you take to realistically help you meet these goals?
  • How are you going to check in with your accountability partner? Frequency, method, etc.
  • Will there be consequences should you fall off of your plan? If so, what are they?

It is true in most cases, that you are your toughest critic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are holding yourself accountable. It is easy to tell yourself that you are going to be responsible enough to wake up earlier, eat better, work harder or take time to focus on your weaknesses.

In the end, the decision is yours. You can try to go it alone, but remember that it is always acceptable to ask for help.

Members of CrossFit Bradenton may click the link below to schedule a goal setting session if you need some help:

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