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Want to achieve your goals? Enroll someone on your journey.

"When we seek to make a change and we don’t enroll others properly, then they won’t notice when things are changing and we will get frustrated." —James McPartland

Access Point: A Leader Builds People| Blog post by James McPartland | Speaker, Author, Executive Coach

It’s no secret — having an accountability partner helps us become more motivated to achieve our goals. We are more likely to be successful and work harder when we know we must report back to someone.


A question I am often asked is, how do you enroll someone to be your accountability partner?

When we enroll someone, we give them permission to ask questions and share their observations regarding our identified areas of needed improvement. It’s important to be very clear on defining how someone else can hold us accountable.

Getting in shape, saving more money, and spending more time with family are some easier goals to track your progress to report back. Sometimes goals are more inward-focused: becoming a better communicator or saying no more often, etc. These types of goals can be more difficult to find a way to track, so it’s important to get clear on what progress in these areas looks like to you.

So how do we enroll someone? Here are my simple steps to enrolling someone else on your journey to breakthrough performance.

1. Clearly define your goal.

Be clear on what, how, and by when.


2. Find your why.

Why is this important to you? How will achieving this goal make an impact on you, and most importantly on the person you are enrolling?


3. Set up a weekly score.

Have your enrollment partner check in with you whether that be every day, every week, or every month. Have them ask you to rate your progress on a scale of 1-10, and then have them ask you how you can improve that score by the next time they ask.


4. Decide your rewards and your consequences.

Decide in advance what the reward to yourself will be for meeting your commitment, and/or what the consequence will be if you do not.


Enrolling someone doesn’t have to be stressful. It can be a key to taking our performance to the next level. In the process, we will not only grow within ourselves but also within our relationships.


Reach out to our team today to receive a free enrollment worksheet to help you define your goals for your partner!












James McPartland | Keynote Speaker, Author, Executive Coach