Previously, I wrote an article about 5 Things You Need to Do Now to Jumpstart Your Business, and in it, I mentioned the importance of establishing an accountability tribe to help you stay on task and on target as it relates to your goals. A few readers reached out to me to inquire about how they can go about finding accountability partners or tribes to assist them in taking their business to the next level.
I have been a part of an accountability tribe or brain trust for over a year now and I can tell you that it has really helped me personally and professionally. When you have a group of people that you trust to give you honest feedback and criticism, it can really help improve your life.
Here are 4 ways that you can build a strong accountability tribe:
1. Who do you look up to?
To build a strong accountability tribe, the first place to look is to people you look up to. Accountability tribes don’t have to be time consuming, and can take just an hour each month to communicate and sound-off about ideas and goals. Look at the people who you look up to for guidance—people who you know are honest and will help you achieve success. These people don’t necessarily have to be in your stock and trade, but people who are wise and have your best interests at heart.
2. Professional Peers
Your peers make wonderful people for your accountability tribe. These are people who are in your line of business and work, who may be striving to achieve greatness in their business as well. With a likeminded passion about the same thing, you can help fuel one another to be the best that you all can be.
3. Movers and Shakers
Movers and shakers are human too, and oftentimes, they like to give back. You can create a connection with one of these people in your career field or line of business, and they can help mentor you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help—all they can say is no. And if they say no, move onto the next. Believe me, someone will help you.
4. Friends and Family
People who you are already connected with make great accountability partners and awesome additions to your tribe. They may not have the credentials on paper, but they make great confidantes to bounce ideas off of. They also can give you the type of support you need because they have your best interests at heart.
I urge you, if you don’t already, to establish an accountability tribe. My accountability tribe currently has 6 ladies in it. Some of us are in the same field, others aren’t. But we all have the same goal–to achieve the ultimate success while growing our businesses. We help one another strive for greatness, even on those days when it feels there is nothing more to give. These ladies are now a huge part of my life, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world!
If you don’t have anyone you know that can be your accountability partner, try connecting in groups, networking events, conferences, and trade meetings to establish connections.
Do you have an accountability partner or tribe? Speak on it!