Our 6 outcomes: Accountability
Accountability: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.
All those who love accountability say “aye” …*enter tumbleweed*
Telling someone that you intend to do something or change something is a big deal in my books, because now it means that you actually have to do it. Now I know that’s the point of accountability, but I reckon that’s the number one reason why people avoid accountability – they actually don’t want to action their intention. And we’ve all been there!
So why don’t people want to action their intentions? People don’t feel comfortable or confident enough to actually verbalize their goals because they often don’t have the belief that they can do it. Or the potential “fail” of the goal will conjure up all sorts of feelings which people would prefer to not have to deal with.
Our role as circle coaches is to create an environment of authenticity and acceptance so that accountability becomes a natural and staple element to our circle time together. As one of our outcomes of growth and measurement of how our circles are going, accountability needs to be not only an integral and necessary part of our weekly time together, but an ongoing conversation with our circle members. (See Matt’s blog on “Power of Accountability)
If true accountability flows from authenticity and acceptance, then it’s time that we take the lead. The perfect Circle Coach isn’t about having it all together but it’s about demonstrating and exampling the discipleship journey, which includes accountability, and encourage those in your group to do the same. How can we lead and coach others if we are not willing to go there ourselves? This isn’t a “slap your wrists” moment, but a call to action of our own discipleship and of those in our circles.
I had a conversation with someone a few months back who commented on how the leaders of Everyday Champions share so openly and are vulnerable about their own journeys and are not afraid to share when they struggle or learn. She was able to tell me that because she saw this exampled she felt able to begin to be open and accountable for her journey too. How amazing that no-one had told her to be accountable, she just saw it in action and saw the value in it.
In Everyday Champions, Accountability is one of our outcomes of growth within our circles. In order to measure accurately the growth in accountability of those in our groups we have to have experienced it for ourselves. Coaching and accountability!
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
These verses in Galatians are book-ended by two verses that sum up our circles. “Carrying each others burdens”, as a family of believers together, and “the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor”, coaching and accountability! We need all the elements to see the growth in our circles.
So, who is coaching you and how is your accountability today? Let’s grab a hold of our own discipleship journey so that we can bring along and encourage those who we coach. Let’s create irresistible environments of growth that are authentic, encouraging and loving to see the MORE inside our circles come to fruition.