Accountability is often perceived as a threatening, uncomfortable and unfriendly word. The thought of it might cause feelings of stress, fear and discomfort.
These negative feelings stem from the accountability narrative that says 'if the task isn't done, you are in trouble'.
However, I want to change the context and narrative of how we understand accountability.
I believe accountability can actually be both encouraging and empowering.
Particularly for creatives, entrepreneurs and freelancers, accountability should be seen as an encouragement. Within the People On A Pursuit community, accountability is outworked as an encouragement.
The narrative is less, 'get on with it or there's trouble'
'I believe you've got this....and this could be transformative for you and your project - Go and get what you so deserve!'
One of our members, Darren Quinnell, holds down a full time job whilst pursuing an ambitious creative writing...
Every Monday I host a zoom call with a small group of creative professionals. It's an online membership for those pursuing ambitious goals, and it's called, The People On A Pursuit Community. Some are voice artists, others writers and we have one or two performers.
Whilst this project is only a small side hustle at the moment, it's one of my favourite moments in the week. The culture of the online membership is one of celebrating wins (big or small), overcoming obstacles together and holding each other accountable for the tasks we prioritise.
One of our writers is Emma Kelly. Emma is a dramatist and playwright. In our time of celebrating wins this week, Emma shared that her play 'The Guide' was listed in the top 3% of the BBC Writers Room, Open Call for 2022.
There were 4718 scripts submitted which means Emma was within the top 141 submissions. That's incredible and such an encouragement to Emma.
It's been amazing to watch Iain's business come back stronger than ever, since Covid restrictions have been lifted. Iain has worked super hard to build his mailing list, connect with prospective clients and deliver an excellent show.
Iain, with the help of the People On A Pursuit community, followed our proven plan and carefully worked through a number of repeatable tasks to grow his business.
It worked so well that Iain became so busy, and had to stop!
As Iain reflected on this overwhelming number of bookings, we began to explore a different business model together.
What if he could book a village hall, for a Tuesday morning and invite people to come?
Imagine for a moment that he could sell 30 tickets....
Initially, I felt Iain's resistance in this conversation. There was definitely a nervousness holding him back.
The majority of creatives have an inbuilt idea-crafting-machine working in the background of their brains, 24/7. Many of us can't help but constantly think of something bigger and better, or fresh and alternative.
But this idea-crafting-machine rarely gets switched off, and is relentless - For many, it's killing their productivity.
Too many creatives show signs of overwhelm, burnout and are anxious about practicalities, whether it be finding the next job or delivering work ahead of the deadline.
Every Monday, I facilitate a zoom call with members of the People On A Pursuit community. The premise of these zoom calls are to help them make traction towards their creative goals, on a regular basis - Avoiding distractions, staying focused on the tasks that make a difference and maximising the skills and experience of the group to overcome obstacles.
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