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.