There are plenty of people who have similar goals to you. Maybe not exactly as what you are looking to accomplish, but close enough to share. This is why it may be worthwhile to find a goal buddy.
A goal buddy is someone that can help keep you on track while you return the favor. It is someone who can help motivate you when you are not feeling up to taking the required actions towards your goals. It’s also someone who will have a list of actions you need to take to achieve your goals, and you will have the same for him or her.
Agree upfront on the type of relationship you will have with your goal buddy. Are you going to check in with each other daily? Maybe all you need is to check in weekly. Decide the means on how you are going to communicate. Are you going to phone each other or will you do it via email? Doing it via email can leave an audit trail, which can be good if any disputes arise.
You may choose a friend for your goal buddy but if you do, make sure they are trying to accomplish similar goals. Sometimes, though, it may be worth it to find someone you don’t know to act as your goal buddy. Not only will you make a new friend, but the person may be less forgiving than someone you know. It’s easier to tell a family member or good friend that you are not in the mood and to leave you alone, which defeats the purpose of having someone who is supposed to keep you on track.
When you both complete the goals you set up for each other, consider having a celebration. This can help solidify the new friendship, and it lets you reward each other for your accomplishments. If it turns out that one of you didn’t make it to the goal, consider having the party after that person completes it. This way, there are no hard feelings during the celebration.
The greatest part about having someone complete the same goals as you are they will know what you are going through. It’s a comradery that is difficult for outsiders to understand. You can both bounce off ideas and suggestions as well as pick each other up when problems come up.
You can have more than one goal buddy, but it’s probably better to keep the number as small as possible. Communication can be confusing enough between two people, let alone five or six.