I am part of a few accountability circles. One I formed with two women after a conference last October. We had some starts and stops and we are still working our way through how to make the group work, but we are working it out. I have another accountability group formed with two business partners. We are informal in our interaction, but we hold each other accountable and provide each other with encouragement and support. I have another group of women in a Facebook group that help me with accountability by asking me to share my failures and successes and pushing me on to succeed.
The thing that makes all of these accountability groups work is that the members all demand action. In each of these three circles, my accountability partners allow me to plan, to research and to think things out. However, none of them let me get away with stopping there. They all demand that I get up and do some work. No matter how beautiful my plans are, no matter how exiting the ideas I come up with are, nothing matters until I step out and take some action. It is required that I take action, that I move forward with the plans I have made. My accountability groups demand that I take action.
At the heart of everything that I am, is the fact that I am a church girl. My Christian faith gets me through all kinds of situations. A major part of me being a church girl is my faith, mustard seed faith. It says in the Bible, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can say to a mountain move and it shall be cast into the sea. Another thing you hear a lot if you grow up in the churches I went to is that faith without work is dead. The idea behind the first statement is that you only need a little faith to get things done. The idea behind the second statement is that no matter how strong your faith, you must get out and do something, put in work in order to make things happen.
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As you read these words, you are undoubtedly thinking of a dream you have, the thing in life you have faith would turn out wonderfully if you just . . . Well today is the day to just . . . to do whatever it is you need to do to accomplish your dreams. You know that article you want to write because it could change lives, write it. You know that idea at work that would improve productivity and make you irreplaceable, today is the day to share that idea with management. You know that parenting idea that would help you be a better mom and get your kids back on track, today is the day to try it. Let today be the day you fall in love with taking action. Faith without work is dead, get up and put in some work. So, the question for you this magnificent day is what are you going to take action on today?