www.janeanesworld.com take action now with acountability groups.

 

I am a big believer in the idea of TAN aka Take Action Now. Good things in life happen when we go from planning and dreaming to taking action now. Some people are self motivated and can take action now all on their own by the sheer force of their own will. Other people take action now best when they have the peer pressure of an accountability group behind them. Of course, there are still others who are a combination of the two. For the past year, I have been TANning with accountability groups and it has been a good thing and I have learned a great deal.

The first thing I learned is that the peer pressure of an accountability group is a good thing. When a group of like minded people get together and decide to help one another accomplish their goals, great things are possible. There is a common idea from the Bible that when two work together they can accomplish great things because if one falls the other is there for support. That is what accountability groups do – help you accomplish your great things. Often I did not want to do what I planned, what I was supposed to do, but I had to do it because I did not want to show up to my accountability group meeting and be the only person in the group not on task and not on target.

The second thing I learned is that one accountability group does not fit all circumstances or meet all needs. I have my original accountability group with two friends that was formed at a conference. That group is very helpful to me because it is an all encompassing general group for my work, family and personal goals. We meet on a regular basis via the internet and encourage each other to take action now and accomplish our goals. We send each other messages via Facebook, text messages or telephone calls. Some of the calls are all roses and happiness and others are kicks in the butt. It all depends on what is needed at the time. I have come to depend on this original TAN group to help me take action now on my life’s mission.

The third thing I have learned At the same time, I have formed other accountability groups for specific purposes. For example, I have accountability partners to help me with my goals for this online magazine. These partners make sure I am writing on a regular basis, providing quality content and constantly improving. I also have an accountability partner for the books I am writing. She helps me to be sure my work makes sense, says what I mean and does it in a logical manner. I do the same for her.

In sum, accountability groups are a good thing. I highly suggest you become part of one or more. Accountability groups:

1. Help you focus on what you need to do to accomplish your goals
2. Use powerful peer pressure to encourage you to take action now
3. Should be focused with specific goals in mind

In conclusion, it is It is magnificent to take action now and to use an accountability group to help you do it. So, the question for you this magnificent day is, what are you going to do to help yourself take action now?

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44 Comments

  1. I know a lot of folks that would benefit from having someone to hold them accountable. For me, I think I would just get annoyed with people checking in on me ;) I produce the best work when I’m procrastinating!

  2. I would definitely benefit form something like this. 2014 is going to be my diet year and boy am I accountable for how fat I got this year.

  3. I think a group like this would be beneficial to me too!

  4. Hi Jeaneane,

    I have never heard of an accountability group before. I have heard of surrounding yourself with friends and peers who can help to keep you accountable in a positive way. Not in the form of an organized ‘group’, but just a general ‘take notice’ of who you surround yourself with. I need someone to help me be accountable. I will talk to my husband and see if that is something we can commit to doing more for each other without feeling like the other is hounding them :)

    Great tips. Thank you.

    Victoria
    Mommy’s Playbook

  5. I definitely need to be held accountable to get things done a lot of the time!

  6. Thanks for sharing, super inspiring! I need to go ahead an take action more often then I do now.

  7. Your posts are very inspiring, I always learn things from it, so thank you!

  8. They say there’s no better time than the present :)

  9. I always learn something new from your blog and thank you so much. It is always nice to have that kind of support in taking action for the future.

  10. I have only worked with one person where we actually complimented each other for tasks, he was strong where I was weak and vice versa. It was nice. Most people do not take accountability for anything they do wrong and honestly that is when I lose respect for people and no longer want to work with them – if there are two, one messes up and does not admit it,who gets blamed?

  11. I think being accountable really helps most of us work our way through life.

  12. I am happy that I belong to some groups in Facebook and that we share common goals and it is where I can express my feelings and views and they help me grow. For me, I think I should focus more on expanding my blogs and yet still being able to balance family life, work and blogging.

  13. Accountability, in general, is something a lot more people need to realize they need to have and accept. You really are powerless until you learn your roll in things – everything doesn’t just happen *to* you.

  14. Yes! I am a believer of TAN too. That’s one thing that my husband and I argue sometimes because he has “tomorrow attitude” I have to nag him to do something “today and not tomorrow”

  15. I have a wonderful group of two other ladies that you can say are my accountability group. I learn SO much from them!

  16. Dreams are worthless if we do not act on it.

  17. thank you for the encouragement – thank you for the tips!

  18. This is fantastic to have that kind of cheerleader support. I know authors that do this, but I never really thought about it before. Fantastic!

  19. Thank you for sharing, it’s best to share things you’ve learn to those who wish to learn.

  20. This sounds like a really great idea. I need to find something like this.

  21. I Belonged to an accountability group and the right mix of ppl are amazing for pushing you.

  22. I belong to a couple of groups like this. You are so right, it really does keep you working towards your goals when you know someone else is behind you cheering you on.

  23. I need to find an accountability group for my blogging, but I would also like to have one for fitness. I have been involved with them before and they really help keep you on track to meet your goals.

  24. I really need to become more accountable in my blogging and the fiction writing I’d like to start doing. I need to find a good group for both!

  25. I know a few people that are in groups like this and they love it. I really need to join one.

  26. I like the idea of an accountability group because I tried with just a partner and hmmmm… that didn’t quite work out for me.

  27. I need an accountability group in every aspect of my life. i use to be very motivated but nursing school has sucked me dry. I have to keep these in mind when I get a life again.

  28. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious?

    There are so many great ways to incorporate an accountability group or partner. We were just talking about this in our Sunday School class!

  29. I agree. It is great to have an accountability partner or group especially when you are going through something difficult.

  30. This sounds great. I will have to check it out!

  31. Very true! Staying accountable to someone really helps you reach your goals!

  32. That is great that you have a group you can depend on and trust… Thanks for sharing

  33. I should join an accountability group too!! One focused on fitness because even though I dream of starting running it just hasn’t happened yet…I need that extra push (and kick on the butt) to start running!

  34. I should join an accountability group! I am pretty good about staying on task but I think that would help me be even MORE successful!!

  35. I am a big fan of these groups and belong to a few of them. My husband and I also keep each other in check.

  36. Love this post on accountability! Groups make it easy to stay on task and collaborate on ideas. I pinned this to my boards and am following you on Pinterest!

  37. My husband keeps me accountable. I mentioned in October that I was thinking about making my own jewellery on the side and at the end of last month, he asked me whether I was going to actually do it instead of just dreaming. It’s quite good to have him there to push me in the right direction,even if I’m just thinking about something at the moment and still weighing up the pros and cons. I’ve tried an accountability buddy but I just find so much gets in the way, that I need to work at my own pace and in my own time. I think we all find something that works best for us.

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