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For those that are on the New Year.... New Me train.

Get started with this, Don't let another year pass you buy where you missed your goals and allow yourself to feel like that is anyone fault or anythings fault other than your own ability to wake up in the morning and thrive all day.

All the documents are here in this thread and free for you, all it takes is a bit of effort to find a partner and get started on calls in Jan and never stop them (unless they don't work for you, then change it up).

I have 1 spot open now if you want to take a shortcut and get the best from the start. I think I will have another spot open in a week or two as well.

Even if you can not afford or don't have the mind space for that right now. Start on your own weekly sheets above and hold yourself accountable above all.

No one will ever be able to do it for you, (I wish i could!)
......so get up, move around, get some water.... and get started today!
 

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I have tried quite a few number of accountability partners in real life.It always ends up with me being pushywhile the other person is lazy.

That said ,fastlaners would be great accountability partners. If anyone is interested just send me a PM
 

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This is excellent news. If either of you want to pass by a copy of your weekly goals, i will certainly take a look and offer suggestions for a single week. Just want to make sure you all are on the right track and focusing on the right thing.

Also, don't stop. Consistency is everything even when things get hard.
I appreciate the offer. Unfortunately the partner I had kept flaking out on our calls, so I'm looking for a new partner. It was a bummer, I've gained quite a bit of momentum because of this, but apparently the other party did not feel it was worth their time.

So even if it doesn't end up working working out with an accountability partner, if you are 100% committed to being accountable, you will move forward at a much faster rate than before and you can always get another partner...
 

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Plus lets hear from some of the customers. Where you at?
Did a few months with @LightHouse and can honestly say I'm in a different place because of it.

I thought I was going to get more productive on my business stuff... but what happened was a lot more than that

Chris laid out the importance of setting weekly (and quarterly) targets for all areas of my life. Business, health, family/friends.

Health and family were always important to me, and I had aspirations for that, but never actually sat down and made goals for them before. And it was tough!

Trying to think of something out of the ordinary to do for my wife once a week is harder than it sounds. But I stuck to it, and our relationship went from a 3 to an 8 in a few months, and we just recently got back from a 3 night trip to Santa Fe... sans kids! It was amazing watching the way she acted towards me over the course of the weeks. It doesn't take much guys!

Health and fitness immediately jumped up to the next level and I was making a lot of progress, until a deadlift injury derailed me. Whoops.

Business made some improvement. I often didn't reach my targets, because I was so un-used to setting goals that I usually bit off more than I could chew. Chris drilled the importance of figuring out what that "one thing" to get done needed to be, and make sure you at least get that done. Which I did almost every week. He gave me strategies for managing time throughout the day. And while I wasn't always successful at executing, I had some days where I felt like a superhuman, knocking out huge tasks in a day that normally might have taken me a week.

Beyond just the tactical stuff (which was helpful) Chris has a lot of wisdom, and just getting his thoughts on some of the stuff I was dealing with was invaluable. Also, knowing that he was going to be checking in on the weekly call, put pressure on me to actually have goals set. I didn't want to be unprepared.

The only reason I had to back out, was that I'm in a pretty tough financial spot, and had to cut out any expense in my life that wasn't directly related to fulfilling orders or keeping the lights on.


If you're on the fence... I'd suggest you give it a go. It will be money well spent.
 

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So you've got your productivity systems set up, got your pomodoro timer set up, got business started or all your tasks at hand that you need to do .....

then nothing.

[Stick with me you WON'T regret it, I'm going to give you everything you to be successful below for free]

You haven't done anything all week. WHY?

What happened to all the time you had? When you were in the shower, you were so amped up, then did nothing....

Shoot.... another missed day. How did that make you feel? Did it set you up to do even more the next day or tear you down?

Do you want to know the difference between successful entrepreneur and everyone else?

Accountability.

They make sure someone holds them accountable since going at it alone can be difficult without anyone to answer to every day.

And you can too. Below I am going to lay out the steps and complete framework of how you find the right accountability partner (or hire one) and all the documents you need to make it impactful for your business starting right from the first week.

I have refined this system further over the last year to make sure it focuses both on business and the rest of life, because you can't be fulfilled if you let everything fall apart just to make money.


There are 4 steps involved:

  1. Deciding that you are committed (this is critical)
  2. Finding or hiring the right partner (and which one is better for you)
  3. Follow the process, be consistent, and respect the process and your partner
  4. Track your progress

So let's dig right in with step 1...

Step 1 - Deciding that you are committed

I am willing to bet that is isn't just this week that you have struggled with not getting things done? If I am right, one of the helpful things you can do moving forward is to make the decision to commit to this process. You can think about it all you like, but being committed means showing up to your call, on schedule every week and making sure that you made your best effort to accomplish what is on your list from the previous week to move your needle forward.

You can not (and your partner can not if its a group) move forward and make this effective until it is certain in your mind that you are committed to this process. I have my clients sign a promissory document that agrees to being full into this process quarter by quarter.

If you haven't committed yet, Don't waste your partners time. Wait until you are at a point in your life where you can focus in and getting things done moves from a want to a need. You don't want to burn a valuable resource before it is mission critical. If you need help getting off the fence to commit, create a thread, send an email, send me a PM, do something to reach out and get help to go one way or another. If you are standing still, you might as well be moving backwards. (grow or die, right?)


Step 2 - Finding or hiring the right partner

So you are fully committed and have decided you can't go at it alone and want someone to hold you to your word and make sure every week you are pushing forward and give you that push you need if you fall off. Now we need to find or hire the right coach.

Should you find a good partner or hire one? This is going to depend heavily on how much experience you have, or your potential partner has. A good accountability coach is inexpensive compared to the amount of income and life change you will experience, so don't get scared at the price tags on some of them if you are going to hire one. There is a reason it can seem like a chunk of money, it's because they work. When you hire one, you can assume that they know the structure well, and they know exactly how to be effective in goal and strategy session and can keep things simple and succinct.

Here are the things to look for

1.) Make sure you will respect your partners time and opinion
2.) Experience isn't necessary but it is preferred
3.) Close friends and family are probably not a good fit because you will chat too much
4.) Make sure you trust your partner with your information, Everything should remain 100% confidential at all times
5.) Make sure your partner is reliable and will be able to make the call weekly and is as committed as you are (you will have missed weeks)

If you have or know a partner that you can do a shared group with, excellent. My advice is to make sure that persons values align with yours in the sense that someone with little business and/or life experience wont always be able to know whether the goals and strategies you are setting up are valuable and achievable each week. This can be the difference between success and failure with a partner.

Finding a shared partner is not always easy. I turned down quite a few shared partners on my journey because I didn't feel like they either had enough experience, or ultimately they had way more than I did and the group was going to be far too unbalanced to be beneficial. Hiring one can be a great way to shorten that process and also serve as another element that commits you to the process.


Step 3 - Follow the process

So here we go. You've found or hired a partner and you are ready to go. Here are the steps, then we will expand.

  1. schedule a discovery call where you set up your weekly call time and get background info. For most this will be sun-tue but it can be any day of the week as long as it is consistent. Same with the time, pick a time that works for you and your partner where you will both be in a clear work-centric environment. Your weekly calls will be 1 hour if its a 2 person shared group and 30-45 min if you hired a coach.
  2. Each week you will get on the call and take turns going through the process. The first person will go through their updates, 2 minutes a section, of what they accomplished and where they might need to adjust. That same person will then go through the goals that they are setting for the upcoming week.
  3. For the listening partner, the goal is to make sure those goals are very clear, are meaningful, and achievable. You should be checking to make sure they are not just adding easy tasks week by week, that is what a productivity system is for. The listening partner will also be the one holding the talking partner to the time limit. Don't be afraid to tell your partner they are chatting too much and getting off focus.
  4. Finally Partner 1 will go over the final section which is how they are going to move the needle this week. This could be a main goal that ties with several of the items in the list, or a single one. But this is where we define our "must do" for the week. It ensures that if the world is a blaze, that partner is going to move forward one way or another this week.
  5. Switch. After partner 1 is done (~30min) Then the other person will go. The call should be short and to the point and then both of you will be off to the races.
  6. Rinse and repeat weekly.

Step 4 - Track Progress

With my clients, We do a very specific initial assessment, and then one every quarter to track and put data to how fast and far we are moving forward. This also will reveal whether a certain area is sliding or falling off and gives us the signal that something needs to change to get that person back on track. You can make your own version of this.

The Documents -

I always use a shared notebook in evernote.com when i do these. It can be done in gdocs or whatever is easiest with your partner. Below is a link to the template for the weekly calls (word and evernote), as well as a print version if you want to write and not type while you are on the phone. Copy this template into whatever program and rinse and repeat each week with the current weeks date. There is also an example document filled out so you can have a reference if needed.

[Download Accountability partnership documents - free]


Do you want the ultimate shortcut and hire a pro?

If you can't find the right partner or you just want to not waste time and get someone with experience in this to start nailing your goals, you can hire me. I will work with you on achieving your goals & dreams, as well as teach you how to properly set your targets if you have struggled with it in the past.

For the fastlane, I have created 5 spots on my schedule that are half the current monthly rate. Because this is scheduled time I can not offer more than 5 of these spots so once they fill up, they are gone. If you are on the fence, JUMP.

You can see the offer and details here:

Hire a Professional Accountability Partner

Whether you find your own partner or hire me, this can be one of the most impactful things you do for your business & life. You can verify with both @GlobalWealth and @Hong King Kong.

I will tag @Vigilante so he can give you an idea of the benefit of being directly connected to other notable entrepreneurs and how it can change your life and your business on a dime.

Current Client Testimonial Here

[MODS, This was approved by MJ prior to posting]

I have no idea if your roster of clients is full right now or not (as I forgot to ask you) but I thought I would drop in with the following.

I had a quick discussion with Lighthouse/Chris today, and here's what happened.

As he has done in the past, he gave me a simple idea for my business that I had not thought of. I will immediately set to work on his idea, because it was golden. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh set of eyes, and usually that perspective is uniquely from @LightHouse, to cast a new winning suggestion for businesses in the stage of business mine is. It is these same gold nuggets that I used from him during my last business to automate it, structure it, and ultimately sell it. His wisdom seems simple to him, and he often brings to the surface things that "I should have thought about." But I don't, and he does, and that's why he is a winning coach.

If you have a chance to get mentored by him, take it. His out of the box thinking again and again makes a significant difference.
 

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I have no idea if your roster of clients is full right now or not (as I forgot to ask you) but I thought I would drop in with the following.

I had a quick discussion with Lighthouse/Chris today, and here's what happened.

As he has done in the past, he gave me a simple idea for my business that I had not thought of. I will immediately set to work on his idea, because it was golden. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh set of eyes, and usually that perspective is uniquely from @LightHouse, to cast a new winning suggestion for businesses in the stage of business mine is. It is these same gold nuggets that I used from him during my last business to automate it, structure it, and ultimately sell it. His wisdom seems simple to him, and he often brings to the surface things that "I should have thought about." But I don't, and he does, and that's why he is a winning coach.

If you have a chance to get mentored by him, take it. His out of the box thinking again and again makes a significant difference.
Great ideas require great executors :) This time around there is a massive exit on the horizon for you. Thanks for posting that!
 

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It's Monday aka my favorite day of the week. I get to hear how people are smashing their old beliefs on what is possible and breaking through.

I get to hear these folks set goals and milestones with their businesses and move forward at lightning pace, never leaving a week to the trash.

If you aren't planning your weeks out, and you do not know where you are doing STOP, and do it right now. Plan the week out with what you need to do to move yourself forward with your life and your business. I promise you this week will be different from last week.

Whens the best time? Right now

whats the best tool/method? The one you use everyday

what does it cost me if i don't do it? ....mediocrity
 

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So you've got your productivity systems set up, got your pomodoro timer set up, got business started or all your tasks at hand that you need to do .....

then nothing.

[Stick with me you WON'T regret it, I'm going to give you everything you to be successful below for free]

You haven't done anything all week. WHY?

What happened to all the time you had? When you were in the shower, you were so amped up, then did nothing....

Shoot.... another missed day. How did that make you feel? Did it set you up to do even more the next day or tear you down?

Do you want to know the difference between successful entrepreneur and everyone else?

Accountability.

They make sure someone holds them accountable since going at it alone can be difficult without anyone to answer to every day.

And you can too. Below I am going to lay out the steps and complete framework of how you find the right accountability partner (or hire one) and all the documents you need to make it impactful for your business starting right from the first week.

I have refined this system further over the last year to make sure it focuses both on business and the rest of life, because you can't be fulfilled if you let everything fall apart just to make money.


There are 4 steps involved:

  1. Deciding that you are committed (this is critical)
  2. Finding or hiring the right partner (and which one is better for you)
  3. Follow the process, be consistent, and respect the process and your partner
  4. Track your progress

So let's dig right in with step 1...

Step 1 - Deciding that you are committed

I am willing to bet that is isn't just this week that you have struggled with not getting things done? If I am right, one of the helpful things you can do moving forward is to make the decision to commit to this process. You can think about it all you like, but being committed means showing up to your call, on schedule every week and making sure that you made your best effort to accomplish what is on your list from the previous week to move your needle forward.

You can not (and your partner can not if its a group) move forward and make this effective until it is certain in your mind that you are committed to this process. I have my clients sign a promissory document that agrees to being full into this process quarter by quarter.

If you haven't committed yet, Don't waste your partners time. Wait until you are at a point in your life where you can focus in and getting things done moves from a want to a need. You don't want to burn a valuable resource before it is mission critical. If you need help getting off the fence to commit, create a thread, send an email, send me a PM, do something to reach out and get help to go one way or another. If you are standing still, you might as well be moving backwards. (grow or die, right?)


Step 2 - Finding or hiring the right partner

So you are fully committed and have decided you can't go at it alone and want someone to hold you to your word and make sure every week you are pushing forward and give you that push you need if you fall off. Now we need to find or hire the right coach.

Should you find a good partner or hire one? This is going to depend heavily on how much experience you have, or your potential partner has. A good accountability coach is inexpensive compared to the amount of income and life change you will experience, so don't get scared at the price tags on some of them if you are going to hire one. There is a reason it can seem like a chunk of money, it's because they work. When you hire one, you can assume that they know the structure well, and they know exactly how to be effective in goal and strategy session and can keep things simple and succinct.

Here are the things to look for

1.) Make sure you will respect your partners time and opinion
2.) Experience isn't necessary but it is preferred
3.) Close friends and family are probably not a good fit because you will chat too much
4.) Make sure you trust your partner with your information, Everything should remain 100% confidential at all times
5.) Make sure your partner is reliable and will be able to make the call weekly and is as committed as you are (you will have missed weeks)

If you have or know a partner that you can do a shared group with, excellent. My advice is to make sure that persons values align with yours in the sense that someone with little business and/or life experience wont always be able to know whether the goals and strategies you are setting up are valuable and achievable each week. This can be the difference between success and failure with a partner.

Finding a shared partner is not always easy. I turned down quite a few shared partners on my journey because I didn't feel like they either had enough experience, or ultimately they had way more than I did and the group was going to be far too unbalanced to be beneficial. Hiring one can be a great way to shorten that process and also serve as another element that commits you to the process.


Step 3 - Follow the process

So here we go. You've found or hired a partner and you are ready to go. Here are the steps, then we will expand.

  1. schedule a discovery call where you set up your weekly call time and get background info. For most this will be sun-tue but it can be any day of the week as long as it is consistent. Same with the time, pick a time that works for you and your partner where you will both be in a clear work-centric environment. Your weekly calls will be 1 hour if its a 2 person shared group and 30-45 min if you hired a coach.
  2. Each week you will get on the call and take turns going through the process. The first person will go through their updates, 2 minutes a section, of what they accomplished and where they might need to adjust. That same person will then go through the goals that they are setting for the upcoming week.
  3. For the listening partner, the goal is to make sure those goals are very clear, are meaningful, and achievable. You should be checking to make sure they are not just adding easy tasks week by week, that is what a productivity system is for. The listening partner will also be the one holding the talking partner to the time limit. Don't be afraid to tell your partner they are chatting too much and getting off focus.
  4. Finally Partner 1 will go over the final section which is how they are going to move the needle this week. This could be a main goal that ties with several of the items in the list, or a single one. But this is where we define our "must do" for the week. It ensures that if the world is a blaze, that partner is going to move forward one way or another this week.
  5. Switch. After partner 1 is done (~30min) Then the other person will go. The call should be short and to the point and then both of you will be off to the races.
  6. Rinse and repeat weekly.

Step 4 - Track Progress

With my clients, We do a very specific initial assessment, and then one every quarter to track and put data to how fast and far we are moving forward. This also will reveal whether a certain area is sliding or falling off and gives us the signal that something needs to change to get that person back on track. You can make your own version of this.

The Documents -

I always use a shared notebook in evernote.com when i do these. It can be done in gdocs or whatever is easiest with your partner. Below is a link to the template for the weekly calls (word and evernote), as well as a print version if you want to write and not type while you are on the phone. Copy this template into whatever program and rinse and repeat each week with the current weeks date. There is also an example document filled out so you can have a reference if needed.

[Download Accountability partnership documents - free]


Do you want the ultimate shortcut and hire a pro?

If you can't find the right partner or you just want to not waste time and get someone with experience in this to start nailing your goals, you can hire me. I will work with you on achieving your goals & dreams, as well as teach you how to properly set your targets if you have struggled with it in the past.

For the fastlane, I have created 5 spots on my schedule that are half the current monthly rate. Because this is scheduled time I can not offer more than 5 of these spots so once they fill up, they are gone. If you are on the fence, JUMP.

You can see the offer and details here:

Hire a Professional Accountability Partner

Whether you find your own partner or hire me, this can be one of the most impactful things you do for your business & life. You can verify with both @GlobalWealth and @Hong King Kong.

I will tag @Vigilante so he can give you an idea of the benefit of being directly connected to other notable entrepreneurs and how it can change your life and your business on a dime.

Current Client Testimonial Here

[MODS, This was approved by MJ prior to posting]

Hey guys,

I've been working with Chris (Lighthouse) for right around 2 weeks now (although the first week I was on vacation so truthfully, about one full week).

I traditionally haven't trusted in the "productivity/accountability" industry or whatever you want to call it, but I felt compelled to come in here after a truly life-changing week.

Chris helped me see some pretty obvious opportunities that were right in front of me, and held me accountable for making concrete plans to go after them. I'm a Facebook Ads Manager and Marketing Manger at a company called Agora and have wanted to branch out and build my own agency for a while now.

I've signed 2 clients already (seriously, in one week) and have already received an upfront retainer from one. I'm really riding the momentum now and can't believe how fast things can change.

Just wanted to pop in here and give credit where credit is due.

Thanks!
 

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There’s something hard to define about what happens with an accountability coach. Perhaps an example will help – last week was One of Those Weeks, where I got hit on all fronts with unexpected work stress, home stress, family stress, and health stress. I was already relatively good at staying calm and tackling things head on. But the huge difference now is that I had a much clearer picture of my goals, could acknowledge how my current actions were already in support of those goals, and was able to let go of all the less important actions that I had planned to take but no longer could due to these unexpected events. It’s the difference between beating myself up for not making massive progress on multiple fronts and acknowledging the progress I am making on critical goals, along with nurturing multiple aspects of my life. There’s something about being forced to review things every week with someone else that gave me a different level of clarity. Lighthouse, of course, cares deeply about the success of his clients and knows how to challenge people directly but with compassion. I was fortunate enough to get to know him at the last Summit!

I want to also thank whoever it was that recommended Clickup in Lighthouse’s Laser Focus thread. I’ve tried dozens of tools over the years (including paper) and I’m loving this one!
 

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I just want to give a shout out to @LightHouse to thank him for the help he’s given me over the past 6 months or so through his accountability program. It has really been huge for me.

There is probably a lot of value in having a peer accountability partner – someone who is more or less at your level. You say “I’m going to do X this week.” Next week you have to say whether you did X or not.

There’s value in that. And it can help you move forward. To a degree.

But I’ve benefited from working with Chris because he is NOT a peer accountability partner. He’s someone at a higher level. More experience, better mindset, different (and better) strategies and systems, etc.

Yes, there’s the “did you do X last week like you said you would?” part of it. That helps.

But where things get more interesting (and helpful) is when my answer to whether I did X is “umm . . . yeah, kind of . . . sort of . . . no.” Then we dig into why not and things get deeper and more interesting.

The majority of the time on our weekly phone calls focus on business stuff. But there have been weeks where we pretty much talked no business at all because other stuff was going on in my life that took priority.

I’d say his approach is holistic and flexible.

Holistic in that, while recognizing that the main focus of the call and my participation in his program is to move forward in business, he knows that business is just a part of life, so he makes sure I’m making progress in other key aspects of life: health, relationships, etc. Flexible in that if a strategy he suggests isn’t working for me for whatever reason, he has a bunch of others he can suggest that might work better.

Anyway, it is Monday morning (at least on the U.S. west coast). If you haven’t made the progress you hoped to in the last week (or month or year), maybe ping @LightHouse to see if he can help you.

He probably can.
 
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