What is an Accountability Group?
An accountability group is a group of people who share their goals with other members. Group members can meet either in person or over the internet. Each member reports back on their progress at an agreed upon time (can be weekly, biweekly or monthly) and holds each other accountable for progress on their goals. Our members meet weekly. Accountability groups come in many forms. For example, a few years ago I belonged to a healthier you accountability group. You can set-up groups for business, health, and more.
Last week I was asked by my friend Drew what my thoughts were about starting an ‘Accountability Group’. I have been in previous accountability groups in the past, so I know what a difference participating in an accountability group makes in achieving my goals. I agreed to join Drew’s group and stop just relying only on my never ending To-Do list. Accountability groups are great to help keep you focused on your goals. However, not all accountability groups are successful. Why? Because consistency and commitment are key. Here are some tips to help you.
6 Tips To Running Your Accountability Group
1) Choose a goal you can achieve
Don’t go ‘Goal Crazy’ because you will only set yourself up for disappointment. Your goal needs to be realistic.
Specific | Measurable | Achievable | Realistic | & Time Based
- Have well defined goals ~ Specific
- Find out when you have achieved your goal – each step ~ Measurable
- The goal should be attainable ~ Achievable
- Have a practical idea of what can be achieved ~ Realistic
- Give yourself enough time to achieve your goal ~ Time Based
2) Really think about who you want to include in your group
It may be best to keep it simple and invite people who are in a similar business to yours. Branch out to others and do not make the mistake of only inviting your close friends into your group. Invite people who will contribute to your group and give you constructive criticism. The last thing you want is to invite people into your group who are not committed to showing up or actively participating in the group. Your group should consist of no more than 6-8 people. Smaller groups tend to be more manageable.
3) Set a schedule and set rules
You should set-up a few rules at the start for everyone to follow. If you want your accountability group to be a success (not another waste of your time and energy) tell people what the intent is for your group. Also set a time that works for everyone in the group. This way it should make it easier for everyone to show up on time. If you are unable to make a meeting for any reason, then let your group know.
4) Be open to reconsidering things
The group members are there to listen, help you and give you advice to steer you in the right direction in your business. Go in with an open mind and open to suggestions. Like they say “You don’t know what you don’t know”
5) Choose a Leader
The group can’t run itself. Someone will have to take the role of the facilitator. In our group for example, we have decided to each take a turn to lead the group on a weekly basis. This gives everyone a chance to participate, be heard and lead the group.
6) Think about how you will set-up your group
Where will you post your goals and updates? Will your meetings be in person or virtual? Our meetings are set-up via zoom.us and we have set-up a private Facebook group. Our private Facebook group is a great space for our members to write their goals and update each other on our progress. It is also a great space for our group members to share ideas to help each other. Some questions to ask in the group;
- What is your top goal for the week?
- What have you accomplished since our last meeting?
- What will you accomplish before the next meeting?
If you choose to join an accountability group be respectful and support your group. Set aside time to read and comment on other member’s posts. Don’t be afraid to be honest about what you need help with in your business. We do better when we help one another.'Regardless of the complexity around us or the briskness of the winds of change that may attempt to drive us off course, taking initiative, being consistent and having others count on us to do what we say will we do -true acCOUNTability -sets people apart -particularly if we intend to make the most of what we do, and who we ARE, in service to others.' ~ Dr. Zara F. LarsenClick To Tweet
You don’t have to run your business by the seat of your pants. My mission is to help you succeed in your business. Don’t hesistate to reach out and ask for help.