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?