“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.”
Last year, I brought more accountability into my life in three different ways. First, I started tracking my time and my ToDo list using my own daily tracker (you can get your copy here). Second, I started working with a coach for both my business and my life. And thirdly, I organized my own personal accountability team (at the suggestion of my coach).
Having that daily accountability and the support of a team behind my successes and challenges has been a huge part of my massive movement forward this year. So much so that I wanted to share with you how to create a team of your own.
Let’s start with what an accountability team IS and ISN’T.
- It IS a way to stay focused on the tasks at hand.
- It ISN’T a way to keep spinning your wheels or practice the fine art of procrastination.
- It IS a safe and comfortable way to ask a trusted someone for support when you need it.
- It ISN’T a way to whine and complain about everything that’s going wrong – check your excuses at the door!
- It IS a way to create that master mind and use the combined energy to accomplish some bold goals and go for broke.
- It ISN’T a place to chit chat and play small.
“Accountability breeds response-ability.”
~ Stephen Covey
Creating your own accountability team is easy enough to get started today.
- Ask around in your circle of friends and business colleagues to see if anyone is interested in having a little more accountability in their life and partnering with you. You don’t need an entire team, just one other person is enough. Remember, you’re not looking for a friend, you’re looking for someone that will actually call you on your shit.
- Decide how often you want to meet and how you will meet. Some people like to schedule brief phone calls, IMs or emails. My team currently meets daily, via email. But starting in the new year, we’re planning to drop back to weekly emails (with a lot more no holds barred actual accountability – including fines!).
- Decide on your format of “sharing.” We currently start off with a brag when we have one. From there we share what we did today and what we plan to do tomorrow. If we have any challenges that we need support with or any resources to share with the team, we also share those. Once we drop down to weekly check-ins, I’m sure or format will change up a bit as well.
- Decide if there’s any sort of penalty for lack of participation or lack of follow through. When we started our team, we were all involved in the same coaching program, so we looked to each other for support in our assigned tasks. As we move forward and no longer have the program assignments to keep us focuses (and we drop down from daily to weekly check-ins), we’re considering imposing a $100 fee for not following through or participating in the check-ins in a timely manner (this “fee” will be in the form of a charitable donation). It’s advised that you make the fee painful enough to keep you honest and motivated to stay on task.
- Your accountability team can be anything you want it to be. It’s your group or partnership, so you get to make the rules. Your group can be as strict or free flowing as you want it to be…whatever it takes to help you be more accountable.
Now that you know what you want to accomplish, find someone that is willing to go along with you on this journey and just do it.
Start today. Start tomorrow. Just start.
You’ll find that it make a HUGE difference in your business and in your life. You’ll get so much done that you’ll wonder how you ever managed without.