Every business needs relationships for success. We all build our businesses on relationships with clients and potential clients. Is that it, though? NO, not really. That is only ONE type of relationship you need to build a business, especially as an entrepreneur.
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You also need supportive Christian business accountability relationships that help take you to the next level in your God-centered business. Let’s face it; you don’t know everything. You may be the most intelligent person in some rooms, but not in every room.
Supportive Christian Business Accountability Relationships
Building Christian business accountability relationships motivates us to stay consistent so we grow in our businesses. Learning new skills from others in these relationships is an investment in our professional development. As a business owner, you will always be learning and getting better.
That all comes down to one word, accountability. Ask yourself, who in your life is keeping you accountable to be consistent? Are they holding you accountable to meet your goals? Do they keep you accountable so you can stay motivated?
Supportive Relationships are Essential to the Christian Entrepreneur
What does your business need for success? What does it need to help you stay motivated and consistent? Supportive relationships, especially as a Christian entrepreneur.
Why? Because they are relationships built on shared values and on Jesus.
Ecclesiastics 4:12 says, A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
As I already said, the keyword to these supportive relationships is accountability. So let’s look first at what accountability is and what it does for you as an entrepreneur and business owner.
Accountability Starts with You
Accountability starts with taking responsibility for doing what you say you will do. It involves using your time wisely and not overcommitting to impress anyone.
Accountability Cannot be Delegated.
It can help you eliminate the time and effort you spend on distracting activities and other unproductive behaviors. With Christian business accountability relationships, you show the value of your work to yourself and others. It increases your skills and your confidence to try new things.
Accountability is Like a Muscle
It is not a one-time thing either. The more you work it, the stronger it becomes. Don’t be the person who tries to get out of what they said by making excuses. Take time to reflect on what happened (if that happens) and learn from your mistakes, adjust and keep going.
As an entrepreneur, you have an obligation to yourself and God to be the responsible person. It is hard and takes humility.
Accountability is About Being Reliable
When you are reliable, you build trust in yourself and your relationships. This, in turn, connects you better to others and inspires confidence in others about what you are doing.
What is Accountability
The definition of accountability is- being responsible for decisions made, actions taken, and assignments completed. When you are accountable, it improves your performance and accelerates your growth.
Accountability is the difference between success and failure in your business. Accountability teaches you the value of hard work, makes you stronger, and keeps you from blaming others for what is happening in your business. Instead, you accept and take on personal challenges that help you grow.
Now I know, you might be thinking. Yeah, Deneen, I had an ‘accountability’ group once. But, unfortunately, all we did was spout these big goals and how we would get all this work done by the end of the week. It wasn’t motivating.
I am with you because I’ve been in those types of groups, too—just a lot of words and a lot of disappointments. There was no mutual assistance of HOW to complete the goal or if the goal was too ambitious. There was no reality check.
That’s why I wanted to give you all the reasons WHY accountability was so important first. So now, let’s look at what GOOD Christian business accountability relationships look like when done correctly.
Christian business Accountability Relationship Levels
There are different places or different levels you can look for this too.
The first level or first place is to be in a Facebook or other Social Media group that asks you essential questions to think through and answer. The first level is about learning to be accountable for yourself.
Find a group where you can give and receive support. It will help you think through important issues in your business and decide how to show with more accountability.
The second level or place is to have an accountability partner. This person has dedicated some time to you and you to them to ‘report’ each week or every other week. You will both discuss what you want to accomplish and then the follow-through.
This level is great because you are saying it aloud and making yourself responsible to live up to your expectations to someone outside yourself. The second level is one way to build that accountability muscle.
Be careful, though, not to get swept away in the friendship. Keep it professional. Once a week for 30 minutes (15 minutes each) is sufficient.
The third level where you may want to invest your time and money is a coach with a community that supports your business. This level of Christian business accountability relationships comes because you have committed yourself to be accountable to someone else who is ahead of you on the path to success and to learn from them.
The third level again gets that muscle working harder and helps you prove that you can do the work it takes to stay motivated in your business.
The fourth level is a mastermind group with a facilitator (free or paid.) However, a paid one means that everyone has more of a stake in the relationships and in helping one another stay accountable. At this level, you get accountability and have a small group to help you through challenges.
We often get unmotivated because we can’t get over a block we are having. With a partner, you get one other person’s perspective. With a group you get many. It’s also essential to be willing to be transparent, allowing others to be a part of this process with you.
The fourth level builds your accountability muscle even more. You will be showing yourself and others that you can be trusted to do what you say you will do even when it gets difficult.
Connect with a like-minded group
Do you have a like-minded group, partner, community, or mastermind? Are you collecting other believers around you in your business to help you stay motivated and consistent, stay accountable?
There are so many ways to connect with other believers in business. Our thoughts need to support and make one another accountable to do what God asks us to do.
Galatians 6:4-5 says this:
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.
Responsible for our conduct. That comes from personal accountability. How will you grow in this area, so you stay motivated? Let me know in the comments what has hit home for you.
Workout Your Accountability Muscles
Like a muscle, you must practice accountability consistently to see results. There also has to be a clear and consistent strategy for implementing accountability. That can mean at any or all of the above four levels.
Remember, it starts with your commitment to your work and supporting other believers who have the same obligation. We need to find one another in these supportive Christian business accountability relationships to stay motivated and thrive.
And guess what happens when you grow in this area of accountability? It has a massive impact on your performance and results because motivation and consistency become automatic.
Do you want more accountability, proper accountability? Are you looking for a place to find supportive God-centered entrepreneurs who want to see you succeed? Then I would love to chat with you. Let’s have a Clarity Call and see if accountability is the missing piece, keeping you from being motivated and consistent with doing the work God has called you to do.
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