You have heard the arguments for having accountability in achieving your goals and you’ve decided to bring one or two or a dozen people into the process of achieving your goal. How do you start? What can you do to make sure the accountability functions as you want it to, as it’s supposed to?

Who to pick and how many do you need for your accountability circle? For some, this is an easy question – they have a best friend, a sibling, another family member, a professional coach or even a colleague that they immediately gravitate to. Who you choose, and how many, is a very personal choice, but there are a few things to think about when selecting the members (or member, because you may only need one person!) of your accountability circle:

1. If it’s a personal goal that has nothing to do with your business or professional life, consider choosing a person who is in your personal life over one from your business/professional life.

2. Likewise, if your goal is a business goal – you may have a stronger feeling of accountability if you choose those from your professional life who will have a better understanding of your goal and the reasons why you’re pursuing it.

3. Select an individual (or individuals) that honestly want the best for you. Choosing someone you’re in constant competition with may have one set of benefits (you may work harder to win over them), but you really need at least ONE person that is completely on your side.

4. Consider finding those that have the same goal you do. Whether it’s a professional goal or a personal one, when you have others alongside you reaching for the same goals, it can become a mutually rewarding support system. This could be members of a Master Mind Group or a Group Coaching Program.

5. Hire a coach! Coaches are uniquely trained to help hold you accountable to your goals.

Once you have picked the members of your accountability circle and they have agreed to participate in keeping you accountability, it will be time to decide how often you will check in with them and how exactly you will do that. You could meet in person, over the phone, via email or even through some other form of social networking.

How about you? Who do you have in your accountability circle? Maybe it is time to find someone who will really hold you accountable and who really wants the best for you!