Life Coach or Accountability Partner : Which is the best option for you?

Let me guess. You’re really into obsessed with self-development. If you’re anything like me, you’ve read dozens of books. Scoured through thousands of blog posts. And spent a bunch of hours listening to every audiobook, podcast and youtube video you could get your ears (and eyes) on. Am I right?

And yet – there comes a time when those just won’t cut it anymore. You just don’t seem like you’re getting any closer to your goals. There’s no progress to be seen. Maybe you’ve hit a plateau and lost motivation. Or worse – you don’t even know where to start. It’s time for some SERIOUS help. You need a real live human to talk to. To HAVE ACTUAL CONVERSATIONS! Remember those? 🤔 🙂

Well, when you get to this point: you have two options to choose from: hiring a life coach or finding an accountability partner. Those are both great alternatives and like any decision, each one has advantages and disadvantages. Let’s go over them together, shall we? But first, let’s take a step back and discuss the basics.

What is a Life Coach?

A life coach is an accredited professional you can hire to help you improve certain aspects of your personal and professional life. Just as a top-notch athlete wouldn’t think of going for Olympic Gold without the thoughtful, experienced guidance (and motivation) of a coach, the theory is: everyone could do better with a personal life coach, too. In a nutshell, it is a mix between a mentor, therapist*, consultant, motivator, and friend.

* Note: For serious and life-threatening psychological conditions, talk to a psychologist or another certified mental health specialist.

What does a Life Coach do?

Basically, he/she will do anything almost anything that is critical to your success. This may include mission mapping, goal setting, exercises, assignments (yes-homework), role-playing, scheduled meetings (online or in-person), recommending books, articles, posts or other sources of valuable information, among other things. The basic process is: to analyze where you are in life right now (by asking meaningful questions), figure out where you want to be and mapping the steps you need to take to get there. Another important part of it is he/she keeps you accountable and motivated.

How does Life Coaching work?

Usually, regular meetings are scheduled (between you and your life coach) in which you talk and plan what needs to be done before the next meeting. Meetings can take place in person or by phone, Skype, Whatsapp or any other digital means. The process is focused on the steps you need to take and the things you need to do to achieve your goals, whatever they may be. Sessions usually take 45-60 min and are scheduled 3-4 times per month. The coach is also usually available through e-mail, chat or Whatsapp for quick questions and updates. Before you actually decide on a Life Coach, it’s common practice to offer a free 30-60 min consultation to see if you’re a good fit for each other.

Who’s it for?

Life coaching is for anyone who feels stuck in a rut or wants to take their personal or professional lives to the next level. If you have something you want to improve in your life (relationships, health, financial situation, career, or spiritual) you could benefit from hiring a Life Coach.

How can a Life Coach help you?

A life coach can help you:

  • make an important life decision, get organized, improve your personal relationships, strive for work/life balance, find your purpose and mission, prioritize, become more spiritual, get motivated to take action, or be more productive  (Certified lifestyle coach)
  • lose weight, gain muscle, become healthier, eat cleaner (Health coach)
  • start a business, grow your business, buy/sell a business (Business coach)
  • find a job, get a raise, improve your business relationships (Career Coach)
  • make investments in the stock market/funds, financial planning, tax strategy (Financial Coach)
  • be more creative, innovate more, have more ideas, express yourself creatively (Creativity Coach)

How can you find a Life Coach?

There are MANY ways to find a life coach.

 

You can search through the main online directories like:

Life Coach Directory 

Life Coach Hub Directory

Noomi

The Coaching Directory

My Coach Match

Life Coach Spotter

 

You can also go directly to the websites of some of the best life coaches out there*:

Tony Robbins Results Life Coaching

John Assaraf

Brian Tracy

James Arthur Ray

Jack Canfield

Chopra Center Coaching

Brendon Burchard

Other Famous Life Coaches

10 Life Coaches who are Killing It

 

* Since these are considered by many to be the best in the business, they can be a bit pricey. But remember, you get what you pay for, so they say!

 

A third option is reaching out to your existing network of family, friends, and co-workers to see if they have someone to recommend.  This could be through Social Networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Getting a referral is a usually a safe way of finding a life coach since the person referring is someone you trust (and who doesn’t want to lose THAT trust).

 

How much does it cost to hire a Life Coach?

It really depends on several factors like the quality of the life coach, how much the life coach is in demand, the # of sessions, if it’s in-person or online, and the life coach’s specialty. You’ll find a wide range of prices going from $50 – $1000+ a session.  As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to pay $500- $1,000 a month. Corporate coaching can be considerably more expensive with prices beginning at $500 per session/hour.

 

Okay. Now, let’s consider our contender: Accountability Partners. Ready!? Let’s go.

What is an Accountability Partner?

An accountability partner is a person who shares the same goal as you (which can be related to any aspect of your personal or professional life). You agree to help each other succeed. And since you’re both on the same boat,  you provide each other with accountability, motivation and as you stride toward your goals, you share your experiences and struggles. The value is in the support you get to help you survive all the difficulties and challenges you will necessarily face. Peer pressure also plays an important role, since you don’t want to disappoint someone who is counting on you to help motivate them.

What does an Accountability Partner do?

An accountability partner supports and motivates you. And you do the same for them. He/she is your goal buddy. Your partner in grind. Your friend, your cheerleader, and your mentor. He/she is one of the most important tools in your personal development journey.

How does an Accountability Partner work?

First, you must agree to be accountability partners and set some ground rules. Like: what are your goals, how you will support each other, and how/when you are going to meet. You could decide to meet in person, or use Skype. You may decide to talk several times a week or just a month. You could decide to do it just by e-mail too. It’s really up to you guys.

Next, you will discuss what your specific goals are and what is your strategy in order to achieve them. You should also agree to some best practices like honesty, optimism, being supportive and not judgemental – no matter what. Every time you meet, you will discuss what you were able to do (and what you weren’t), ask each other questions, share your experiences and celebrate your successes.

Who’s it for?

Anyone who wants to achieve a specific goal and needs the extra push (and motivation). If you want to improve something in your life, an accountability partner is a good option for you.

How can an Accountability Partner help you?

An accountability can help you in many ways.

 

Below are some of the goals an accountability partner can help you with:

  • Losing weight
  • Hitting the gym and bulking up
  • Eating clean
  • Drinking more water
  • Quit drinking soda (or drink less)
  • Quit smoking
  • Doing cardio
  • Following a diet
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Meditation
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Reading more
  • Stop wasting time on Social Media
  • Going to sleep earlier
  • Waking up earlier
  • Managing your inbox
  • Writing more

 

Remember: in order for this to work, you must be working towards the SAME goal.

How can you find an Accountability Partner?

There are many places you can find an accountability partner including your current personal networks (offline and online) as well as some tools you can use, such as TaskTwins. We wrote an entire post about this. Here’s how to find an accountability partner. Good luck! 🙂

How much does it cost to work with an Accountability Partner?

You could find one for free. Or, you could use a service such as TaskTwins which costs $9.99 per month. If you pay for a full year, you get a discount (two months for free).

The Final Showdown: So, which one should you choose?

Okay. Now you know the differences between life coaches and accountability partners. But which one is for you? Which one is going to help you smoke your goals?

 

Let’s compare two different aspects: effectiveness and cost.

Effectiveness

There is no denying that if you hire an exceptional life coach – who’s an expert on a particular subject – he will be more knowledgeable and have more tools available to help you attain your goals than an accountability partner. But, there is one thing he/she probably will not have – a real (and deep) understanding of what you’re going through: psychologically, physically and mentally. He/she might mean well but he probably won’t have empathy.  And that’s because he’s not going through the same process (and hardships) as you.

Cost

I would say that if you can afford a professional life coach with top credentials, a proven track record, and authority in the aspect you want to improve (health, business, productivity, etc.), I would go with that. A life coach could definitely make a huge impact in your life! And if you have that kind of cash laying around, I would certainly give it a try.

But, if you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend (and want to have the real benefits of accountability), I would go with an accountability partner. It’s much cheaper and could be the extra push you need. Remember: Never underestimate the power of peer pressure and the ability of two people to help each other.

So, all in all, I would choose an accountability partner. It has a better cost-benefit. This might be biased, but this it’s actually why we chose to create a service that provides this in the first place. ‘Cause we believe it’s the most effective way for you to succeed.

Anyways, whichever you choose, I wish you the best in your personal development journey. And truly hope you totally crush your goals!