I have been working hard for clients and did not notice how much time has passed since I last visited my own website. Nor did I realize I have written anything for my own blog since the last week of January! C’est la vie (such is life). As a business owner, we get so caught up in everything else that we forget to take some time to support ourselves. So, what helps when supporting yourself? Finding a group that can support you and nudge you when you need it.
When you have a group of amazing supporters, they can nudge you in the right direction. They can offer words of encouragement when you aren’t feeling the most confident. They see you and your potential. They lift you up. And they remind you to work on your platform.
Working from home can be socially limiting. Especially when you unintentionally turn into a hermit or when work gets busy… Not that I would personally know anything about becoming a recluse… LOL! Add kids to the mix and life itself gets busy (especially when you’re their taxi…). You get caught up in the whirlwind of generating an income and meeting everyone else’s schedule. This is where a good support group helps.
So how do you find a group of like-minded individuals? Well, I found mine by changing my company around and joining Expert VA & Virtual Expert ® Training. I was provided an amazing Coach and was brought into the fold of an elite group of people that virtually. We connect via Facebook groups and talk about problems we encounter or obstacles we have overcome. We encourage each other.
We are spread not just across the US but have location independent members. Could you imagine what it would be like to travel the world while being able to manage your business? Freakin’ awesome, right!? I know I’ll get there (after the kids move away).
Recently, groups have been starting to set up Regional gatherings, which is even better. We’ve done meetings and trainings via webinars, but there is nothing like meeting someone in the flesh. Chatting about business and life. Forming personal connections and lasting relationships.
And look for a group where there is no bad mouthing or backstabbing allowed. That is a toxic environment that no one needs. It only adds to frustration and makes other people feel bad. That is not supposed to be the point to support.
“Okay,” you say, “but how do I find one?”
The first step to finding that support group is to determine what it is that you are looking for. Do you want a coach? Do you want to find a whole group of amazing people changing their futures for the better? Do you want a local group or does location of members actually matter? Do you want a virtual group or an in-person group?
Look at what type of work you do. Do you want to find other people that do the same or similar thing? I will say that it can help to find people in a similar field when you run into obstacles.
Search Facebook groups and google key words of your business to see if there are any local groups. There is bound to be one somewhere that you fit in to. But keep in mind that networking does not always mean the same thing as support.
And as a word of advice, possibly even caution, look for a group that lifts EVERYONE up. It doesn’t matter if everyone does the same thing, there is enough success to go around for everybody. If there is an undercurrent of competition, look for a different group. Competition is only good up to a point.
Find that support group that motivates, inspires, and lifts everyone up. What one can do, so can another. Do not stay in a group that allows members to tear people down.
And keep shopping around for a support group that you like. Do not just settle. Make sure it works for you.
If you are a virtual professional, contact me to discuss if the group I found is right for you too. This amazing group of Expert VA® /Virtual Expert® has helped me to turn my business around!