I am a true believer in the power of accountability partnerships to change lives. Two years ago I joined an online course to learn and practice healthy habits and self-care. Pairing up with accountability partner was strongly recommended because it’s a proven strategy for habit change. I trusted that working with a partner would help me stick to my weekly small habit change goals much easier than if I tried to do it all on my own.
Little did I know that my accountability partnership would profoundly change my experience in that online course, and the next steps that would follow. Our partnership blossomed as we studied together to become certified Yoga Health Coaches, meeting weekly to support each other on our personal and business goals. Our initial 10-week commitment turned out to be a deep friendship that has become a central relationship in my personal and professional life. …
The other day my husband said to me, “You know, time is actually a plane, not a line. The past, present, and future are all happening at the same time.”
Or something like that.
People who know us would probably agree that I’m the more woo woo one in the partnership. He’s the logical, practical one (engineering degree, wrinkle-free button downs, and high-security internet password mastery to back that up) and I’m the artsy, spiritual one (art degree, yoga training, and essential oil diffusers to back that up).
Perhaps people who know us (including me) are wrong. Lately he’s been delving into some of the more abstract and “out there” mysteries of life — and stunning/stumping me with his revelations on time and the nature of consciousness — while I am over here trying to figure out how to get videos on my phone to cast onto the living room TV. …
I woke up this morning, like I always do, with a few moments to breathe, make a gratitude list, and mentally rehearse my day going the way I want it to go. This sequence is an automatic habit that I have cultivated over time, and it starts my day right every day.