Accountability Programs - The What, Why, and How
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Accountability Programs – What Are They and How do They Work?

Accountability Programs Can Spell Success

What’s in the way of you being able to get things done?

  • Too many things on your list?
  • No clear sense or priorities?
  • A tendency to chase after the next best thing?
  • No excitement about the task or project?
  • Are distractions demanding your attention?

Whatever your answer, the result is the same: That thing doesn’t get done…again.

Laura started the Women’s Business Council with Jen Braster. One of the questions put to members early on was “What’s the one thing that’s missing for you that, if present, would have the biggest impact on your life and business?”

Without exception, all the women came back and said, “Accountability!” An accountability section was built into every meeting, and members are now getting things done!

The Missing Piece

We all set goals and write New Year Resolutions and most often this year’s resolutions become next year’s as well. Goals remain unachieved, and we feel guilty or frustrated because of it.

Why? What’s the missing piece? There are some answers to that question, but one of the big reasons we don’t succeed without goals is we’re not being held accountable by anyone. Few people can hold their own feet to the fire.

We’ve added Accountability Programs to our services to provide one more tool for people in business to get things done and experience more success.

Accountability programs can take many forms. We’re part of one right now called Shut Up and Write. Designed specifically for writing, it’s a 90-minute call every two weeks for five sessions. Whether a book, website work, social media or blog posts or something else, for those 90 minutes, members of the group do nothing but write. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the basic idea for that particular accountability program.

You stating the goal you’re focused on and being held accountable for getting it done is the whole idea of an accountability program. Some, like Shut Up and Write, create the space for you to work on a specific task. It could be writing, making phone calls, preparing class material, or anything that needs your attention but seems to always take a back seat to everything else.

Daily PUSH Ups!

One of the accountability programs we run is 30 minutes, five days in a row. The structure is for getting a specific project handled in a week. One of our members organized her tax documents for her CPA 3 months earlier than had been her habit in the past. Another woman cleaned and organized her office over those five days. She shared that she’d uncovered some much-needed things and felt great walking into her clean and organized office. Another person cleaned his garage and made space for his car.

The magic of these programs is in you making a promise to yourself in the presence of others and accomplishing tasks because you have to answer to those people. Just showing us isn’t enough.

Like so many other things we offer, an accountability program isn’t right for everybody. But if you really want to make things happen in your life and business, if you want to be able to mark things off your to-do list, and if you’re ready to take action, now might be exactly the right time for you.

Laura Hess

Laura is a passionate advocate for women in business. She's worked with thousands of women to grow themselves and their businesses. She is a published author and has co-authored 2 Consumer's Guides - one for Coaching and one for Mastermind Groups (both available on this site at no cost). The foundation of her work is rooting in the belief that, with the right tools and support, women can be and do anything. Laura is a partner at PUSH the Envelope™ Masterminds and Coaching, founded in 1994.

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