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Business Ignition Boot Camp

Key Idea:  Accountability can be uncomfortable, but it makes me better.

I have been following Mirasee for a few months and recently signed up for a free Business Ignition Boot Camp offered by the company.  Today, I found out that I was accepted.  Woot!  

If you are not familiar with Mirasee, you might want to check them out.  The company's focus in on helping entrepreneurs build impactful businesses that are true to their values.  I found the company while searching for online course creation information.  Mirasee is a huge proponent of online education, but also serves entrepreneurs in all types of business.  

Mirasee's About Us page states that "We serve visionary businesses and entrepreneurs who have something of value to share with their audience."  And how do they serve businesses?  "We provide business education that equips you to impact your community and change the world."

I definitely want to change the world empowering people to grow and raise their own food.  

Urban agriculture education is my small contribution to the world, and I hope that it will improve people's lives and strengthen communities.  

I know how to grow food and how to teach people how to grow food.  That is the fun part of what I do for a living.  What I don't really like (and am not good at) is tracking results.  I also do not enjoy research.  But if I am to truly meet the needs of my audience, I need to get better at both.  

That's where the Business Ignition Boot Camp will be invaluable.

The boot camp will teach me how to research ideas and track results.  More importantly, it will provide structure, deadlines, support and accountability so that I will have to DO it!

The program hasn't started yet, but it is already stretching me.  I had to learn how to use SLACK, a cloud-based team collaboration tool, and introduce myself to my classmates on the platform.  I know that I will have to be accountable to these people, both to do the assignments and to provide peer reviews and assistance in a timely manner.

I am an introvert, and prefer to work alone.  

But I understand the value of collaboration (which is why I host events with Greg Peterson of The Urban Farm and Bill & Bell of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance several times per year.)  The accountability that comes with collaboration helps us all to get more done and to serve our audience with greater value.

So it is with positive expectation, and slight trepidation, that I enter the Boot Camp.  I will be reporting in on the blog later to share insights as they come my way.

Takeaway

Do something today that makes you uncomfortable, but that you know will benefit you.  Tell a friend, a co-worker or a loved one about it and ask them to check your progress.  Or sign up to take a class.  

The Business Ignition Boot Camp is now closed, but it will be offered again in the future. In the meantime, check out the Mirasee website for free articles and courses that you can access today. (BTW, Mirasee did not pay me to say that.)

What tools/techniques do you use to create accountability into your life?  Share your ideas in the comments section below.