Welcome back to Daily Accountability Calls, where we explore the power of regular check-ins with a partner to stay accountable and focused on your goals. In our previous discussions, we covered the benefits of Daily Accountability Calls, tips for making them work for you, and some potential challenges and how to overcome them. Today, we’ll be discussing how to effectively give and receive feedback during these calls.
Feedback is a crucial component of any accountability partnership. It’s an opportunity to gain fresh perspectives, identify blind spots, and learn from mistakes. However, giving and receiving feedback can be difficult, especially when it comes to personal goals and challenges. Here are some tips for making feedback an effective and positive part of your Daily Accountability Calls.
Daily Power Calls can help you build and strengthen relationships. By regularly connecting with someone who supports and encourages you, you can develop a sense of trust and camaraderie. This can be especially valuable for people who work from home or have limited social interactions.
Daily Power Calls are so effective. At their core, Daily Power Calls are a form of self-accountability and motivation. By making a commitment to connect with another person each day, you are taking ownership of your goals and aspirations.
The regular check-ins with a supportive partner can help you stay on track, even when facing setbacks or obstacles. This accountability can be incredibly powerful, giving you the extra push you need to keep going when you might otherwise give up.
Another benefit of Daily Power Calls is the opportunity to gain new insights and perspectives. When you share your goals and challenges with another person, you open yourself up to feedback and advice. This can help you see things from a different angle and come up with new strategies for success.
Tip 1: Start with the positive
When giving feedback, it’s important to start with the positive. Identify and acknowledge the progress your partner has made, even if it’s small. This helps set a positive tone for the conversation and shows your partner that their efforts are valued and appreciated.
For example, you might say, “I noticed that you’ve been consistently hitting your exercise goals this week – that’s great progress!”
Tip 2: Be specific
Specific feedback is more actionable and effective than vague feedback. Instead of saying, “You’re doing a good job,” try to be more specific about what your partner is doing well and why it’s important.
For example, you might say, “I noticed that you’ve been consistently tracking your food intake, which is an important step towards reaching your weight loss goal.”
Tip 3: Lack of motivation
Even with a supportive partner and a clear routine, there may be days when you just don’t feel motivated to make the call. This is completely normal, but it’s important to remember that Daily Accountability Calls are not just about motivation – they’re about building a habit of discipline and consistency.
To overcome this challenge, try to focus on the bigger picture. Remind yourself of your long-term goals and the progress you’ve already made. You can also try setting smaller goals for each call and celebrating your successes along the way. Finally, if you’re really struggling with motivation, consider talking to your partner about it. They may have some helpful insights or encouragement to offer.
Tip 4: Focus on behavior, not personality
When giving feedback, it’s important to focus on specific behaviors or actions, rather than your partner’s personality or character. This helps keep the conversation productive and focused on solutions, rather than personal attacks or criticisms.
For example, instead of saying, “You’re lazy and unmotivated,” try to focus on specific behaviors that are hindering progress, such as, “I noticed that you haven’t been following through on your daily tasks – is there anything we can do to help you stay on track?”
Tip 5: Use “I” statements
When giving feedback, it can be helpful to use “I” statements instead of “you” statements. This helps keep the conversation focused on your own experiences and perspectives, rather than coming across as accusatory or critical.
For example, instead of saying, “You’re not communicating with me enough,” try saying, “I feel like we could benefit from more communication during our check-ins – how do you feel about that?”
Tip 6: Resistance to feedback
Sharing your goals and challenges with another person can be vulnerable, and sometimes, their feedback may not be what you want to hear. It’s important to remember that feedback is not criticism – it’s an opportunity to learn and grow.
To overcome this challenge, try to approach feedback with an open mind. Listen to your partner’s perspective and take their insights into account. You don’t have to agree with everything they say, but try to see it as an opportunity to gain a fresh perspective and make positive changes.
Tip 7: Ask for feedback
Feedback should be a two-way street. After you’ve given feedback to your partner, ask for their thoughts on your progress and areas for improvement. This helps foster a sense of collaboration and partnership, rather than a one-sided relationship.
For example, you might say, “Now that we’ve discussed your progress, I’d love to hear your thoughts on how I’m doing with my goals. Is there anything you think I could be doing differently?”What obstacles do you anticipate? Sharing these goals with your partner can help you stay focused and motivated.
Tip 8: Be open-minded
Finally, when receiving feedback, it’s important to be open-minded and receptive to different perspectives. Even if you don’t agree with everything your partner says, try to see it as an opportunity to learn and grow.
For example, instead of immediately dismissing feedback that feels critical, try saying, “Thank you for sharing your perspective. I can see how that could be an issue – let’s brainstorm some solutions together.”
Giving and receiving feedback is a crucial component of any accountability partnership. By starting with the positive, being specific, focusing on behavior, using “I” statements, asking for feedback, and being open-minded, you can make feedback an effective and positive part of your Daily Accountability Calls.