Gaining confidence with Accountability

There is nothing worse than telling people about a goal you set or an idea you had and bombing, big time! Am I right?

For years I could talk myself out of things so easily and have some full blown, ass kicking conversations with myself. For fear of others judging me, I spent years digging around in the dirt, setting goals and trying to figure out how to achieve them on my own.  I found myself frustrated and spinning my wheels more times than I would like to admit. But at least no one knew! And more importantly, I didn’t have to be accountable to anyone if I decided to quit!

It wasn’t until that one day I got angry with myself and realized I can’t do everything myself.  I made a conscious choice to take a leap of faith and joined a group of entrepreneurs who worked together to help each other grow personally and professionally. I was nervous as old heck but I knew if I didn’t commit to something, nothing would ever change.

That was the day I was introduced to accountability. Sweaty palms and my heart racing I made my first commitment of taking steps to do something different. To my pleasant surprise, I found people who didn’t judge me, but who totally supported me and help me change my perspective. We each shared skills and strategies that helped each of us achieve our goals. Baby steps that could be taken. The coolest thing I found was that having accountability partners gave me more motivation to work on my goals.  Learning how to chunk them down into smaller, achievable tasks, and having others help me navigate the sticky parts, made all the difference!

Accountability came in various ways.  For a period of 30 days, I had an accountability partner that we would check in with once a week which consisted of a short phone call with 5 simple questions. One of those questions made us think about what we achieved in the week. This was a huge change from focusing on what failed. (If you are curious about the other 4 questions, send me an email, I’d be happy to share them with you). Another way we were accountable was coming to our group meeting with a small presentation. There were so many ways we made it fun and exciting to work together.

Accountability became my way to step out of my world of solitude and into communities where I could share my talents and expertise and build great relationships. This thing called accountability showed me how to become confident and share without the worry of being judged.  Finding my tribe of like-minded, supportive entrepreneurs, has helped me move my business in a new direction.

If you have ever hesitated to join an accountability group for any of the reasons I have shared, I encourage you to be courageous and find your tribe. I know there is one out there for you. I invite you to join my Bookkeeping Accountability Group. This is a safe place, my promise of support, education and an awesome place to build great relationships.

I continue to have accountability partners in different areas of my life and business.  I hope you will consider them too.

Accountability makes a difference

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Accountability… what are the pros and cons?

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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.

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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