The concept of group think or groupthink (whatever you prefer) and using accountability partners for overcoming anxiety is very appealing to me.
Group think a support group model where people come together to brainstorm different ways to reach goals.
Successful business people acitvely use the groupthink process in small accountability groups.
This is nothing new really, and neither is the concept of joining an anxiety support group to help you meet your goals.
But while joining an online or real life anxiety support group and just showing up to share about your problems may feel helpful in the moment, it doesn’t really get you anywhere towards true and lasting recovery. Focus and motivation are the key…
Accountability partners have gained a little popularity lately in the media.
In the August 2012 issue of Redbook Magazine, Sandy M. Fernandez wrote an interesting article about how a group of 4 women get together meet every 2 weeks and brainstorm ideas for growing their businesses. They call it their Accountability Club.
Benefits of group think and being held accountable:
- Helps to keep the members focused on tasks
- Helps members rebound from stress, rejection, and hard times
- Helps each other see their goals through
- Supportive cooperative collaboration with like minded people
- Overcome business obstacles
In my personal business life I have taken on an accountability partner for help me do the groupthink process, bounce ideas off each other, support each other in our times of need, be there to state goals and work towards them. We also share a lot of “atta girls” with each other and it’s really really nice all around.
By the way she is in Australia and I am in the US so face to face obviously isn’t an option for us. (Thank God for email and Skype!)
Taking this to the realm of coping with anxiety and working on your personal anxiety recovery goals, I can definitely see how the concepts of group think and having accountability partners or groups can be a tremendous benefit.
Using accountability partners for anxiety would definitely help you reach goals you set for yourself and help super charge your recovery process.
According to the article:
“Research shows that if you simply say a goal out loud, your chances of reaching it go up. If you write it down, they go up more, and if you tell it to other people, it’s almost a sure thing.” Source
I am trying to think outside the box and see if there is someway to get motivated anxious people together who really want to work on their recovery and see results.
What about you? Would you join a serious accountability partner group for anxiety if one existed? If I was the leader/chairperson?
Please let me know in the comments.
I wish you peace,
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