Here at the Alley, we've ganged together to eat healthy and exercise in preparation for ACFW. This conference is the highlight of the year for many of us. This got me to thinking about why accountability groups are so helpful. No matter the kind of change you are making, knowing that someone is watching (and cheering you on) makes all the difference.
There are at least 5 benefits:
1) You know you aren't tackling a goal alone. Whether it's writing that novel you've always dreamed about or losing ten pounds, knowing you aren't the only one makes the goal seem much more reachable. And whenever you're tackling something challenging, knowing you aren't alone makes the task less daunting.
2) You can learn from those you've partnered with. Maybe they have a new kind of exercise they love. Or maybe they have a diet plan that really works for them. You can learn from their success -- and be challenged to keep going when it feels like you are getting anywhere.
3) Encouragement comes in a group. Sometimes I get lazy or forgetful. When I'm working with others, I know I have the accountability. Someone will ask how I'm doing. At the same time, I am often encouraged as I see others writing in the midst of crazy lives. Or I see them making diet changes that work. Or fill in the blank. Finding a place of encouragement is such an important part of sticking with a goal long enough to have success.
4) At the same tie I can be a source of encouragement to others. It helps take the focus off of me and helps me to make sure I am encouraging others in their journeys. I get such joy out of helping others that it encourages me to keep chasing my goals, too. So don't lose sight of the value of helping others reach their goals.
5) Deadlines help me reach points to celebrate. For this group we have the deadline of the ACFW Gala. It's a fun night to dress up and celebrate with other writers. I can circle the date on the calendar and know if I've made it or not. But don't forget to celebrate on the other side of the goal. Do something fun with the group. Whatever you do, make sure you take the time to celebrate the reaching of the goal together.
What would you add?