Tuesday, February 12, 2013
As I wrote on a recent blog, i have decided to join a team of 4 to complete the oxfam trail walker here in Germany....its a 100km course in the Harz mountains which has to be completed in under 30 hours AND raising 2000€ for Oxfam Germany. As you can imagine this entails alot of work, time, energy and commitment.
We had a team meeting yesterday to discuss what we needed to achieve in the next few weeks and the issue of accountability was raised. The three girls in the team are all keen to log our training and task completion to keep each other accountable to each other and the team, we all think its important to see that others are doing their share, to be able to ask for help if needed or at worst have someone give you a jolly big kick up the backside that your not doing your job...while the one guy on the team who seems to think that he can walk 100km in 30 hours tomorrow does not see the point and thinks only us weak feeble girls need to do this.
But it made me think, this issue of accountability is alot like what happens on here. Even though we are mainly all strangers on here, the more you build your spark community, the more you become accountable for what you set out to do, the easier it is to pick yourself up from your stumbles as other people are also keeping an eye on you and notice when things arent right, you know you have a support network who will help you, and in general make sure we all have the right tools for success and meeting our own goals.
Having this comparison i have great fears that our one team member who feels that being accountable to the team is unimportant as i think everyone of us on here has tried to overcome our health and weigh issues on our own in the privacy of our own homes....and how many of us have succeeded taking that path?