Make a List
Every week you make a to-do list of the actions you are committed to taking that week.
Coach & Be Coached
Players then coach each other to clarify the action items, make a plan for accomplishing each one, and then to committing to doing whatever it takes that week to keep those commitments.
Stay in Contact
You stay in contact with each other as needed throughout the week in order to ensure that you are able to follow through with what you have committed to.
Do Whatever it Takes to Complete Your List
Both you and your coach back up each commitment with $5. At the end of the week, if you have any broken agreements, both you and your coach pay $5 for each.

You are what you do, not what you simply say you’ll do.

-Carl Jung

Most people find it difficult acknowledging to the group that they didn’t keep a commitment and to then have to pay $5 on top of that. But when you know that your broken agreement will also cost your coach $5, it becomes nearly impossible to not do everything you can to follow through. The beneficial social pressure of this dynamic compels participants to follow-through to an uncommon degree.

This is part of the genius of the ACT structure and why it is so effective in supporting people in following through on their commitments. This unique format is so compelling that players have an estimated 99.7% completion rate of the tasks that they put on their list. Many people report accomplishing more towards their goals in a single 8-week session than they have in an entire previous year.


People joining ACT for the first time will participate in an online orientation that includes reading, watching a video, and taking a short quiz.


  • Difference between ‘coaching’ and ‘counseling’ or facilitating
  • Specifics of the ACT coaching method as distinct from other methods.
  • How to make ‘SMART’ goals
  • Difference between assumptions & agreements
  • The structure & logistics of being on an ACT Team
  • How to make the ACT program work for you


  • Attendance at all 8 weekly team meetings
  • Being on time
  • Not engaging in other activities on the call
  • Honesty regarding agreements
  • Availability to coach and be coached
  • Willingness to pay $5 for broken agreements for both myself and my coachee

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient.

-Kenneth Blanchard