A few weeks ago I decided to join the Female Entrepreneurship Association or FEA. I have many reasons for joining, but the biggest reason is no man or woman is an island. We need each other’s expertise, support, and connections if we are ever going to make a difference.
Benefits of the Female Entrepreneurship Association
While I am not 100% sure I will be a part of the group long-term, for now, this group of women has been incredibly supportive. Also, there is an enormous library of instructional videos on the FEA website that teaches everything from how to create successful marketing videos to how to trademark your idea.
However, the BEST selling point of this group is their accountability partner program. You’re matched with another woman who is also building a business. The only goal of your relationship is to check-in, at least weekly, and hold each other accountable.
Accountability Makes a Huge Difference
Simply creating concrete goals, sharing my plans with another person, and knowing I have to report my success or failure at the end of the week has changed everything. It changes how I prioritize my day, helps clarify what I want to accomplish, and provides extra motivation to buckle down, focus, and overcome obstacles.
For the past ten months, I dreamed of creating an interactive map where locals and travelers alike can easily find the most amazing natural wonders nearby. After interviewing a handful of developers over several months, I was frustrated.
However, I told my accountability partner I would finish the map this month.
Guess who is 95% done with the first iteration of Real Park’s interactive map after only a few weeks!? This woman!
What to Look for in an Accountability Partner
While you may be tempted to find a friend or relative that is willing to be your accountability partner, I encourage you to look for someone outside your circle that will not be as sympathetic to any personal excuses you have for not reaching your goals.
Other business owners are out there who are searching for an accountability partner, too. Network, join a group like the FEA, and start holding yourself accountable.
Also, please let me know how it goes. I can’t wait to hear about your successful business!
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”Denis Waitley