Be Accountable to Someone
"If friends were not waiting I would not be up this early to run."
That was my tweet early last Thursday. Wednesday had been a long day and Thursday was a morning I could have slept in, but I didn't because I knew a group, my friends, would be waiting for me...and anyway it was only going to be five miles.
"Great analogy to the power of fellowship & accountability..."
It wasn't the short run that motivated me nor was it the thought of how great I would feel after accomplishing the run. No, it was because the group was waiting.
This reminded me of how much better I am when I have communicated my intentions to a group. It's this communication that helps me formalize my thoughts, goals and holds me accountable to them.
On the road:
- when my running group is waiting I get there
- if I can't make it I let them know
- because we have communicated a goal we know where we are going
- because I am running toward a goal with a team it seems like less work
- because we finish together we get to celebrate together
At my job:
- I get more accomplished and more efficiently when I let my peers and boss in on my plans
- my staff is more productive, efficient and works better as a cohesive team when we talk about individual goals.
- sharing goals give opportunity for input, creativity, and clarity
- knowing and supporting each other's goals also gives opportunity for fellowship and celebration
Communicating a goal with a team is a great way to get buy-in and accountability and motivation for me.
Are you willing to share your goals with a team?
Does team accountability help you focus on your goals?