Yes, Accountability Partners are different from your run-of-the-mill yoga “buddy.” We’ve talked about wh> you should have one and where you can find one, but what if you want to BE one? There’s really one critical detail – that you are accepting responsibility for not only your actions, but your partner’s as well. However, if you want to be a successful accountability partner, the following tips should help: Set some guidelines early . Understand what your partner is working towards. (You don’t both need to have the same specific goals to be accountable to one another.) Will you attend class together? How frequently will you check in? Baby steps: Don’t let yourselves get in over your head(s). Remember the tortoise and the hare? Set small, achievable goals and work towards them. They’ll keep you both motivated. Encouragement Acknowledge your accomplishments! We make progress not just in our physical advancement, but in our attitude, our stress levels and mental focus. Give your partner the extra nudge when they need it Keep your collective momentum high Empathize with them. Sometimes, it’s tough to stay committed to the original plan. Acknowledge your own struggles and frustrations. Ask the hard questions. Yup, this is part of your job too. Sometimes you just have to do it. “So why didn’t you make it to class at all this week?” So, in summary: See your destination ahead of you. Set your path. Find a travelling companion. Focus on the journey.