Why isn’t anyone talking about this…?
No one tells you that you kiss accountability goodbye when you get into entrepreneurship!
When you are in school, you know what time your class is, and you have deadlines. When you are at a 9 to 5 job, you have people around you, and you know when you have to be there.
That is all considered accountability, but we don’t have that in entrepreneurship. We make our own hours, set our own deadlines and so on, so how do we make sure we do everything we are supposed to?
- We are 100% accountable for ourselves in all aspects of our life
- Motivation and accountability don’t always go hand in hand
- The various ways I find my accountability
- The best ways to get accountability depending on your style
I want you to look around in your life and notice the areas that you could use some accountability. We all need it, and that does not mean that you don’t have willpower.
I love having a group setting for accountability, but you might prefer a different style. I encourage you to dig into that, and get clear on what accountability looks like for you!
If you took anything away from this episode today, please let me know by sending me a DM over on instagram!
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Brandi Mowles: [00:00:00] In today's episode, we're talking all about accountability in the ugly truth of entrepreneurship, but not enough people are talking about. But I am. So let's jump on in.
Speaker2: [00:00:12] Welcome to the Serve Scale Soar podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping service-based entrepreneurs scale their online business to five figure months so they can soar into six figure years, your host, Brandi, is a wife, mom and in less than one year created a six figure business. And now she is spilling all her secrets. So you can to.
Brandi Mowles: [00:00:39] Serve Scale Soar family, oh, my goodness. Today, we're going to talk about the ugly truth of accountability and how no one tells you that when you get into entrepreneurship, you're pretty much kissing your accountability goodbye. Once you leave college, if you jump straight into this, you're kissing that accountability goodbye. If you leave your 9:00 to 5:00, you're kissing accountability goodbye and even motherhood. You are kissing accountability goodbye when you get into the online space. And so what does this really mean? Accountability. And I was thinking about this the other day in this episode really came to me in the shower is when we're in college. When you're in school, you have accountability. Your days are planned out like the time you're supposed to be in class to the end. Exams are planned out, your spring breaks are planned out. You have accountability because you have deadlines. You have to meet. There is accountability. And if you don't, you flunk out. And then if you leave college, then you go to a nine to five. There's accountability. You have a boss, you have other people around you. You have the time that you need to clock in the time you need to clock out. Your life is pretty much structured for you, which builds in accountability. And even as a mother, you have to take care of your babies. You have to take care of your kids. And so their schedule pretty much is your accountability. So if they have to be at school at eight a.m. and you're the way they get there, you're accountable to that. You don't want your kid to be late. If they have soccer practice, you know, you've got to get there. We all have accountability in our life. But somehow when we enter the entrepreneurship, all that accountability goes out the window. We stop having a boss that says we have to clock in at a certain time. For the most part, we don't have any type of schedule that we have to stick with. Even if we have clients, the deadlines are there. But like, let's be real. We are only held to such an accountability with our clients.
Brandi Mowles: [00:02:41] And then you also don't have a dictated schedule anymore. Your schedule is yours to do what you want with it. You don't have to get up and find clients. You don't have to market like all of these. These things become where we did have someone telling us what to do. Now, all of a sudden it's up to us and we are one hundred percent accountable to ourselves and we see accountability come up in all aspects of our life. It's not just business, but it's our health, our self care, all these areas that we need accountability as humans, we need accountability. And one thing that kind of set this off is I hear so often I was at a club house room. I hear so often that motivation and accountability, like if you don't have enough accountability to yourself, you don't have enough motivation to yourself. That means you don't have willpower or it means that your Y is not big enough. Have you ever heard that your Y is not big enough and that's why you're not where you want to be or you don't have enough willpower to wake up at five a.m. in the morning? It takes willpower to do that. But in all honesty, I bet the people who are telling you that have accountability. They have one on one coaches, they have personal trainers. They are a mastermind's. I know these people. They're in these programs and they're being held accountable in their business. They're being held accountable in their health and their wealth. Like all of this, they have accountability. But we're so quick to say, but if you're not waking up every morning super excited to go market your business or finish your lawn job, then you don't have a big enough. Why you don't have willpower. And I will tell you, as humans, we need accountability, like we need someone to help us. And so I was thinking about this because it's not only in business. I think it's super important in business that we have accountability. And I'll tell you the ways that I have accountability in my business, but also in our life. So if you're listening to this and I'm going to lose weight, like getting exercising, tracking food, things like that.
Brandi Mowles: [00:04:47] So here's what I know. When I don't have any accountability for exercise, for my eating habits, they go out the window. If I listen, all the gurus, they would just tell me that my wife is not big enough. I don't have enough willpower. But here's the deal. Yeah, you're right. My wife is probably not big enough because my wife is. So I could maybe look better in some clothes are better on video. And honestly, at the end of the day, I'm sick and tired from working or been playing with Riley and working out is not at the top of my list and my wife is probably not big enough, but it doesn't mean that I shouldn't be doing it. So what did I do? I created a boxer group with people who are Pelton's and the group is amazing and motivates me. And when I find that I'm active in that group, when I have accountability, then I exercise. We need accountability. Same thing goes for my eating, I've went through like times where I'm just like I really want a taco and I never want to be deprived of that. And it's like, you know what? My wife is not big enough. If it means that I can look good in a pair of jeans or if I can eat a taco, I will pick eating a taco every single day. But here's the thing. When I have accountability, whether I'm big on group coaching, but if you need one on one coaching, whatever it may be, I actually stay accountable. And so in my business, it's the same way if I have deadlines, they get done as long as it's other people relying on me to finish that. I always say if it doesn't have a date, it doesn't get done, which is one hundred percent true. It has to have a date. But I also know I have a team and students and clients who are relying on me to make sure it gets done. It's more than just me. There is a whole support system behind the reason you're listening to this episode right now. It's because Stephanie, our podcast manager, keeps me accountable on getting these podcast episodes to you every single week.
Brandi Mowles: [00:06:50] And so what I want you to do is look around in your life and look at the areas that you feel you could use some accountability because we all need it. And it does not mean that your willpower or your Y is not big enough. As humans, we need accountability. It's just the way it is. It's actually our default to be lazy and there's nothing wrong with that. I'm a big fan of like bingeing Netflix on the couch, usually not Netflix, but any reality style TV I love. And that's okay. Our default is to preserve energy, preserve brain power. That's why it's hard for us to make decisions, but that's why accountability is so, so important. So when I look around the areas in my life that I feel like I'm underperforming in, I know that it's time to get accountability. And I'm going to talk about the best ways to get accountability for your style. But one area I knew is like my eating needed to improve, my exercise needed to improve. So I found a group coaching program that fits with the needs that I want. I'm not restricted by gluten, dairy or anything like that. One of my friends, Amber, has biceps after babies. That's her Instagram and she's all about macros. And so macro's is something that I can really get behind. I can choose what I eat. It's amazing. And so I'm in her program and I have accountability through her coaches, which I really, really love. And then for working out, I have a peloton group on Voxer that I created. Now, what I found is that whenever you create these groups, you have to make sure you're all on the same page. So this group went strong for a little bit, then it kind of died off. And then Priscila Green is amazing. She told us about this Instagram girl that posts the peloton strength workouts. And so now it's Jessica Ramos', Priscila Green and me all in a Voxer group, just the three of us. And we're only focused on doing these workout. And so we check in with each other each and every single day when there's days that I'm like, nope, sitting on the couch.
Brandi Mowles: [00:08:50] Third, the encouragement, we all are accountable to each other. And you don't want to be the person who doesn't do the workout when everyone else does. And so the same is for my business. Early on in my business, I created a peer mastermind group. It was four of us and that was so amazing. And then I created Serve Scale Soar. And as you've heard in all the podcast episodes, everyone raves about the community, which is accountability. When you know that every single Wednesday there's going to be a post that says, share your wins, you're going to want to have something to share. So you're going to get up and do it. Or if there's challenges, you're going to get out there and do it. But if you set your goals in that group, you know, people are watching, you're more likely to get out there and do it. When you see other people doing it, it's all about accountability. And so I want you to look around and say, where can I use some more accountability in my life? Is it with my health and with my fitness? Is it with my business? And how can I feel that accountability? I'm a big fan of group coaching programs or memberships. I'm very partial to those. I'm not a big fan of one on one coaching, and that's my style. The reason why everyone always ask if I have one on one coaching and the reason why I will not do one on one coaching, and the reason why I don't enroll in one on one coaching is because I believe that when we can have multiple perspectives on something, it's really good for our critical thinking. I don't think that when we only have one opinion or one insight into a topic, it always really serves us. And so that's why I'm really good on us, like diversifying just who I'm listening to, which is why I like group coaching, because then you get different perspectives. You get things that work for different people. You can try them. You cannot. But I love group coaching settings, membership settings where there's more than one idea or one person that's kind of leading the way, and I never want to persuade my opinion on someone when that may not work for them, but someone else in the group may have a different method that could totally help them.
Brandi Mowles: [00:10:59] So I love having a group setting for accountability to see the bigger picture. So my question is, where can you add accountability into your life? And is that through a membership? Is it creating your own peer group? Is it that you just need more accountability with your fitness or whatever it may be? And this is why I'm Beta to Biggie. So many times we see courses that come out and it's like for the masses, like three thousand people are all in a Facebook group together and you're all creating a course and it's all like brand new people. And that's not really accountability. You're lost in the crowd, which is why we created Beta to Biggie, because it's a small, intimate group like you can't get lost in the crowd. Also, you have milestone calls like you want to make sure everyone knows where you're at. We all set our intentions and there you have critiques. So there is a level of accountability that you can't get in the big groups. And once again, that's why I'm such a big fan of group coaching and I'm really a fan of like memberships, even the bigger memberships. But, you know, accountability is everything. And I think that when we have that accountability as humans, we're more likely to finish what we start because it's more than just us. It's about other people watching. It's about I said I was going to do this, so I'm going to do it because there's other people involved. When we keep these things to ourselves, then we do have to be accountable just to herself. And that is much, much harder for us as humans. So two big things that I want to do to get out of this is, one, if anyone ever tells you that the reason you're not motivated enough or you don't have the accountability to yourself is because you don't have the willpower or because you're why isn't big enough, I want you to know that that's not on you. It is human nature for us to default to lazy. And we all need accountability. And anyone that is telling you that they have accountability in their life. And so I want you one to know that it's not you, too.
Brandi Mowles: [00:12:59] I want you to take some time to reflect to see where you could be held accountable a little bit more and what exactly the accountability looks like to you. I think when we get really defined and clear on what accountability looks like for us, we can find the right people, the right groups, the right support to help us but know that it's out there. And that's one of the most amazing things about the online space, is you do not have to do this alone, find a group, love the group and get the accountability that's going to get you to move forward. So this was definitely a shorter episode, but it was something that was on my heart and I wanted to share with each and every single one of you. So if you took anything away from this today, please send me a DM over at Brandi Mowles. I'm super excited to hear from you. And until next week, go out, serve your client, scale your business and soar into the six figure year you deserve.
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Brandi Mowles is the host of the Serve Scale Soar podcast which is a podcast dedicated to helping service-based entrepreneurs scale their online business to five-figure months so they can soar into six-figure years. Brandi is a wife, mom and in less than one year, created a six-figure business. Now she is spilling all her secrets so you can too.