Accountability Partners: Why We All Need a Coach!

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Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else.” —Ivern Ball

Somewhere, way, way, way, back in the furthermost points in my brain, deep down I just knew eating a big bowl of ice cream every night was not in my best interests.

But since I had just finished up a long series of sacrifices toward personal health, I figured I deserved a modicum of dietary self-indulgence—a reward for all my hard work and effort.

Talk about crazy!

It didn’t take much more than four months to wreck havoc on my waistline, hips, and thighs. But once I recognized I had somewhat overdone it, the fact that none of my clothes fit being one indicator, I set myself to the task of sending those recently added pounds back where they came from.

And guess what I found out? They’d found a home, they were happy, and they weren’t moving!

“Last in, first out” may work in accounting, but in weight loss? Not so much. My last in or last on, depending on your perspective, weren’t leaving without a fight. So I am happy to report, just a mere eight months after deciding to lose weight? I am still where I was, exactly. Oh, I’ve lost a few inches, moved some molecules and fat grams around, but nope, the scales are super-glue stuck at the same numbers they were last summer.

Looking for any answer other than the one I already know, I browsed, “What to Expect from a Personal Trainer” this morning. Did you know the number one reason folks hire one? Because they don’t believe they can do the workouts on their own. They are looking less for a trainer and more for a monitor—an “accountability partner.”

As a life coach, I know how important it is for people to believe they can make the changes they want to make. That’s what I do. I restore people’s faith in their own ability to “get ’er done,” whatever “it” is. Even though we usually know exactly what needs to be done, sometimes we just want a partner, someone who believes in us to keep us company, so we don’t have to do the hard work alone.

Whatever you're trying to tackle, find a buddy, an accountability partner, a life coach or personal trainer—you don't have to soldier on alone, but you do have to soldier on!


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