Who Says You Have To Reach Your Speaking Dream Alone?
I was raised up on the “pull your own weight” method of living. The loving three little words my father used most were “Figure It Out”. The way I was raised, you make your bed, you lie in it. Okay, I’m done with the clichés. The point is that I took that attitude to the speaking business – the idea that I needed to figure this out myself. And while that is for the most part true, there’s no reason why you can’t bring in a partner to help you reach your goals.
Back in January I purchased a program designed to help me publish a series of books on Kindle. It was a pricey program and knowing myself and my busy schedule, I questioned whether I would be able to do all the work involved. As it turns out, my friend Scott, who was sitting beside me in the conference, bought the same package and was feeling the same anxiety. So we decided to partner up and do it together. We didn’t realize how brilliant a move that would be.
We scheduled our first phone call, set up boundaries, decided how to state our goals and the procedure for follow up calls – and we were off. And every two weeks we had a scheduled phone call to state our progress on our goals. And every two weeks, I found myself at the last minute trying to get my homework done because I didn’t want to report to Scott that I had not done anything.
It’s April now, and I am convinced that if I hadn’t gotten an accountability partner, I still wouldn’t have started this project. Instead, I have written four books, and am working on the fifth and last in the series. Amazing progress. And I have my partner to thank.
So next time you set a hefty goal for yourself, why not find someone else to partner up with and hold each other accountable? I think you’ll be glad you did.
Now go find you a buddy!
Kelly Swanson is an award-winning storyteller, motivational speaker, published author and TV personality who is passionate about helping women harness the power of their stories to connect, influence, and get the results they dream of accomplishing. Laughing the whole way, Kelly teaches women how to master the art of connection through the power of strategic storytelling. You can find her on The Fashion Hero show airing Fall of 2017 on Amazon Prime or on her website MotivationalSpeakerKellySwanson.com.
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