Accountability makes a difference


Accountability… what are the pros and cons?


  • you mutually agree to check up on each other
  • it can help you keep you on track with your goals
  • it can help accelerate your achievements
  • it helps you measure your progress
  • it keeps you responsible for “doing the work”
  • helps you make sound decisions and receive constructive advice


  • are there really any cons?? Well only one if you are being lead by someone who is on a power kick.

Ever work on goals alone and realize those conversations you are having are all in you head? You know the ones, the ones where you are talking yourself right out of that goal you set a few months ago.  I know, right eh?

Are you ready to do the work? NO excuses! Congratulations! That’s your first step.

Now, is it a good thing? a bad thing? helpful? Accountability can be all three depending on where you are at in your journey. 

If you aren’t quite ready to have an accountability partner checking up on you regularly, and decide to get one anyway, it can feel like a very negative experience .  You may not realize it until you start dodging their phone calls when you start feeling anxious because you didn’t do what you were suppose to do.


Choosing the right partner or group is the next step.  This is very important if you want measurable results. Being like-minded, results driven and respectful of each other, ensures great support and goal achievement. What it’s not, is beating each up over not achieving a task.  What it is, is understanding that life does happen, that sometimes we have to choose something else first (without it just being an excuse). And of course, it’s helping each other work through roadblocks or thought processes. It’s offering resources and sharing skills and perspectives that help us achieve our goals.

The first accountability group I read about was also considered a mastermind. Napolean Hill wrote about it in his book “Think and Grow Rich”. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend that you do.

We can create accountability in all areas of life and business.  Choosing to join an accountability group that helps you gain knowledge, receive and offer ongoing support and create goals to achieve success in your business can only be a positive difference.

If you are ready to get accountability with the money part of your business, I invite you to join B.A.G., my Bookkeeping Accountability Group on Facebook

Tax Sprint

BookkeepingI’ve never been very athletic and have always been in awe of people who could run long distances and who were great at track and field. Watching them sprint long distances, faster than most of us kids. I remember being in the school yard and shrinking into the background so I wouldn’t  be called by the gym teacher to take my place at the starting line.

The anxiety and stress I could feel building up in my chest was horrendous.  At least it felt that way to me.  So quite often I would go as far back from everyone as I could. I couldn’t shrink small enough, or hide far enough so I’d be forgotten.  You know how little kids cover there eyes and figure if they can’t see you then you can’t see them??  I was hoping I could be that invisible. But of course I couldn’t be invisible no matter how much I wished I could.  So I’d feel my heart pounding, my palms sweating and try to block out all of the eyes that were on me and just go.

When clients share with me how anxious and stressed they feel when they begin to think about bookkeeping and all the paperwork that is involved for taxes, I get it.

It’s getting to that time of year when I’m starting to hear people complain that they haven’t had time to do their own books or they just hate bookkeeping so they have been totally avoiding it. The Tax Sprint is on!

The good thing is the Tax Sprint is not as physically exhausting as an actual sprint. And even better yet, you have me in your corner as your “trainer”. To make the training easy I have created a simple system that can reduce or remove your stress because it makes it easy to get your numbers together.  It’s called the Financial Fitness Workbook.  Click HERE to learn more about the FFW. My clients love it!

Take advantage of the Black Friday special – 50% off the Financial Fitness Workbook – good until November 27, 2017

Feel the Fear

The days leading up to March 24, 2017 have been great learning opportunities. I’m not just talking about the first 55 years of my life with all of the growing pains, life lessons and career opportunities.

For many years I thought the things that rated high on the imporance scale were raise my kids the best I could (check), work hard and make a name for yourself (check) and of course, keep your customers happy by providing high quality work so they will keep returning and refer you to others.

For the most part, my mom and I had a very good relationship, a closeness that was pretty steady throughout my life.  Sure there were moments where I was a little less than thoughtful and considerate.  You know those self-aborbed teenage years and early twenties. Mom would get ticked off at me now and then, but we always came back to that common ground.  We knew we loved each other, no matter what we faced.

November 19th, 2016 was the day I began a new journey.  The real beginning of knowing my mom wasn’t so tough, wasn’t that Energizer Bunny we all use to lovingly call her.  Mom’s health was failing and for the next four months she would ride the rollercoaster of her life.  This was a time I got to take care of mom and be there like she’d always been there for me. Although we had had many conversations as I explored her photo albums with my granddaughter on our Friday visits.  Questioning who was in the albums, what her life was like before I was born and even some of those adventures I didn’t know about while we were kids.

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I learned that my mom, a strong independant woman who became a single mom when I was 12, had more to her than I ever realized.  She often said she didn’t like change, but you’d never have know that.  For she met life’s challenges and opportunties with courage.  When she was frightened about the unknown, she plowed through and made the best choices she could–for her and quite often for us children.  There is just too much to share, that would make this post even longer that it has become.  But let me share this with you.  My mom lived her life like the top selling book… “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”.  I gave her a copy of this book when she requested it for a friend of hers.  During one of our memorable chats, I told her that as much as she keeps saying she hates change, she did exactly this.  She would FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY. She laughed at me, but I believe she knew that I was right.

So the next time you start getting heart palpitations, sweaty palms or that voice in your head telling you that there is no way in h*ll you can do it, remember my mom and Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.

Please share your fearless story, I’d love to read it.

Knowledge is Power

Liz M RaymondKnowledge is power… or so we are told when we are children.  “Go to school and get a good education, you’ll need it if you want to succeed in life”.  How many of us have heard that growing up???

But the truth is that it is only half of the equation.  You see knowledge is not power, unless we do something with it. You can get all the schooling, do all the reading and attend all the workshops you want to, but if you keep all that great knowledge in your head, the only thing you’ll be is smart. Now, do something with all that knowledge and hallelujah, the possibilities are endless!

I can remember my mom telling us kids to go to school and at least get a high school diploma! (She’s pretty happy we all graduated.) And then there are those that believe if you don’t have a degree you will never make much money  so they spend half of their life in school. And then there are those poor souls just can’t make up their mind what they want to do.


Formal education does have it’s place.  But most give little thought to self-education.  There is SO much we can learn. There is a book I like to re-read called “Three Feet From Gold”.  It has this great quote in it from a fellow by the name of Charlie “Tremendous” Jones…

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

And of course, there is something to be said about the lessons that life brings.  Sometimes those lessons bring the greatest knowledge of all.

What are you doing to move yourself forward?