Who are you accountable to?

For those of you who follow me on Facebook you will have noticed that I have been on a 7 day juice detox.  I am the first to admit that it sounds nuts – 7 days without chewing, 7 days of no eating out, 7 days of constantly juicing as many vegetable as I could get my hands on.
The most difficult thing about the 7 day detox was not the detox itself (the headaches and hungriness pass quickly), the most difficult thing was the accountability. Before I started I needed to take some measures to ensure I would not be sneaking off to Mickey D’s for a cheese burger love-in.
So here is what I did:
  • I joined a Facebook event run by Angela from The Joy Hut Hypnosis and Healing (good timing as I knew I wanted to do a detox and Angela just happened to be running one)
  • I recruited my sister who lives with me at the moment to be my detox buddy
  • I posted my intention on Facebook
The combination of these three actions meant I had the right information from someone in the know, I stated my intention out loud (to all of my Facebook likers) and I had an accountability buddy to keep me motivated.
How does this relate to business?  As a small business owner you may find you need someone to be accountable to.  I am not going to give you a sales pitch here (clearly I think your best choice is of course to contract a business coach) but if you are not ready for that step then choose someone who can help you move forward in your business.  You will need a good understanding of what your goals are and how you can achieve them.  Be open with your goals, write them down, keep them visible and share them around.  Get people on board, gather a cheer squad – it works!
Now I am off to juice some more celery…