This morning my friend Kevin sent out a response he received from one of his Free Agent Academy members. He had asked his community how they were doing in their business. Here is some of that response:
“Kevin, in my response to your recent email I told you things have stalled due to various stuff happening in my life and a lack of time. I now realize that is not why things have stalled. Instead, it is because of fear, lack of knowledge & experience, and lost focus which has caused me to stall in my business pursuit. And most of all, it is a lack of being held accountable that has prevented me from overcoming those challenges.”
I love the essence of this response. We succeed with good counsel. I think that counsel is most powerful when it is given full permission to speak truth, guidance and conviction into our lives. The trouble is (and I speak this from a ministry and business perspective) we have made the term “accountability partner” equivalent to parole officer. I guess
you could say, when it comes to our calling, we have all kept ourselves in prison for way to long under the burdens of fear, inadequacy, lack of knowledge and wisdom. Once we taste freedom we need someone to help us attain it. But why has that word (accountability) gained such disdain? Is it because we are too stubborn, individualistic and bull headed to accept it? I don’t think so. Those things all play a part, but most of all I think it is rooted in the fact that rather than encourage and walk along side each other, we are too quick to hold people to what they used to be. This goes for ourselves too. We are the first ones, at the first sign of resistance, to fall back to what we used to be. We need reminding that we have embarked on a journey of adventure, thrill and greatness. We don’t have any other option but success.
If you have left the mediocre life behind, I encourage you to seek out someone to encourage you, correct you, guide you. I am not talking about a mentor or coach in this case, but someone who is in the same situation you are in. Kevin calls them accountability partners. I like the term trench mate. Call it what you may, you need them to make it through. And if you think any of us are immune to the trails and pitfalls, you are greatly mistaken. I signed up today to make Kevin a trench mate in my own journey.
You can join Kevin here.