If I could pick one thing that you could do today that would make an enormous change in your business over the next 12 months it would be to get an accountability partner. I have had one for over a year and a half now, and it was hands down one of the best things I have ever done.
Here’s How I Found My Accountability Partner
I was actually trying to find someone to be my accountability partner when a friend of mine suggested that a mutual acquaintance was also looking for someone. We just scheduled a time to talk on the phone via facebook messaging, and we both conducted what you might call an “interview” of the other person.
Now it might seem strange that I said we initially sent messages back and forth through facebook. But the truth of the matter is that is the only way we had connected up until that point. I knew what type of business she was in, and she knew the same basic information about me; that’s all. Our mutual friend was also someone whom we both met initially on facebook.
The Power of Facebook
Before I move on finding your accountability partner, I want to take just a minute to talk about building relationships on facebook since that was the actually how I found mine.
If you haven’t discovered the power of building relationships through facebook you are really missing the boat. If you find someone’s business articles, posts and activities interesting this might be a person you need to connect with.
When I was just diving in to this whole social media experience several people sought me out and scheduled a time to talk. Over time, this lead to what has become real friendships and strong business connections. We have done guest posts on each other’s blogs, video interviews and found all sorts of other ways to connect and build our businesses. I really need to point out that this person doesn’t need to be in the exact same business as you are to build a mutually beneficial relationship. Great relationships often come from complimentary businesses.
But when it comes to your accountability partner, I believe that they should definitely be in the same type of business you are in which is real estate in my case. They don’t have to be in the same niche, but the same general business category.