As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17

It’s tough to go it alone.  In fact, it’s much tougher to go it alone than to have someone that you answer to.

That seems counterintuitive.

Going it alone means you don’t have to answer to anyone.  Sounds great, right?  Maybe for a little bit, but the fun will only last so long.  And why is that?

Because we are our own worst enemy.  We give into ourselves more than we will give into anyone or anything outside of us.

If left to ourselves, isolated, we will never go as far as if we are living in accountability to others and in community with them.

That’s why it’s so important for unmarried/single people to have an accountability partner for their financial journey.  You will only get so far on your own; you give into yourself too often!

Married people have built-in accountability in a big way.  “Welcome home, honey!  What’s that Best Buy bag have in it?”

“Hey sweetie, how was your day?  Oh how is The Gap doing?  Stop by for a visit?”

If you’re single, you don’t have that.  You bring home what you buy, and you answer to yourself.  There’s no one to explain yourself to, and you don’t have someone else regularly looking at your checking account.

Having an accountability partner can help you make more progress in the areas that matter most to you.  People use accountability in nearly every area of life, but it’s particularly common in fitness, finances, and overcoming addictions or temptations.

Social media now has taken accountability to a new level – for things that aren’t insanely personal, you can post goals on Twitter or Facebook, then you have to answer to your friends and followers.  There’s even an app called Everest designed expressly for goal-setting.  It allows you to share your goals publicly or with your friends, and for them to encourage you along the way.

Tomorrow, I’ll share some things to keep in mind when selecting an accountability partner.

Question: What are the ways you experience accountability in your life?  Your spouse?  Friends?  Social media?  Maybe even your kids?