Blog Post # 9 – Crowdsourcing Accountability

In 2013, I joined the wonderful START training program at Big River Running.  The program included a training schedule, group runs twice a week and a little education about running each week.  

50 new runners (48 women, a guy named Art and me) joined together with a stated goal of running our first 5K on January 1, 2014.  

When we started, I really did not know whether I would be able to actually run the 3.1 miles on New Years Day.  Heck, I doubted that I could run even one mile.

But because of the team and the camaraderie that we developed, I was able to run the entire race.  I have run many additional 5Ks since, but nothing will replace the feeling of accomplishment that the START Team gave me.

For me, the real value came from not wanting to let our leaders and the rest of the group down.

Similarly, there is a trend in the podcasting and online marketing businesses for the creators to post their monthly revenue reports.  Each month, people like Pat Flynn and John Lee Dumas post their top-line revenue and their net profit – the good months and the bad ones.  These online venturers are accountable and transparent to the people that follow them.

There is tremendous value in transparency and openness when  working towards a goal.  Sharing the struggles and the victories helps to make the ride more enjoyable.  Increased accountability arises because people can call BS on you when they sense that you are straying off course.

This is the reason why I posted my stated goal of blogging once a day, every day for a year.  I wanted to put myself out there in order to really push myself.

So far, it’s working.  Thanks for holding me accountable.

I am kicking around a new transparent, athletic goal.  More to come.