We all have our support networks. Some are more prolific than others, and maybe for some of us, we still have yet to uncover just exactly where that network is and who else belongs to it.
Identifying, creating, and building your network is a topic for another day, but we assure you, you belong.
Once you’ve found your community and created those bonds of friendship, what are you to do to continue nurturing your collection of dedicated supporters?
For many of you reading this, you’re coming down from the high that surrounded you during our incredible global annual conference. You caught up with old friends, made new connections, and experienced what it’s like to be a part of something bigger—a movement. But once the lights go off, and everyone flies back to their corners of the globe, how do you continue to strengthen the community you’ve built?
We’ve got 3 tips for you to help you do just that.
1. Step up the action.
You have goals. You want to see them realized. You aren’t the only one.
Write down your goals, and have the members of your support community or team do the same. Writing your goals takes a thought and brings it into the physical world, which is the first step toward making them reality.
Writing your goals also helps you to remember them, often leaving them percolating in the back of your mind, which helps them get completed.
If you don’t remember, or others in your support community can’t stay focused on theirs, remind each other of what it is you’re striving for, what you want to accomplish, and what it is you’re trying to build.
2. Keep the conversation flowing…online or off.
If we’re lucky, our support network is close by. But, after a global event, odds are that a lot of your supporters—and the people you support—have all split off into different regions on the map. This is where Internet tools such as Facebook, Skype, Google Hangout, and others are useful. You can schedule meet ups to reconnect on goals, plans, to check in, and schedule your own in-person gathering.
For those in your trusted circle who live nearby? You can probably figure out how to handle that. However it is, just be sure that you are in fact keeping in touch.
3. Stay accountable.
How?, you ask. When you have your advisors and friends to help, it becomes much easier. If you share your goals with a few people in your group, they can help you stay accountable. Check in with them regularly, and you’ll find the extra push is good to have to move you up to your next step.
Your entire group doesn’t need to know your every move, but having private one-on-one conversations with someone to help your personal growth creates a special kind of foundation that gives strength to the larger group as a whole. Each person is talented in a different area, and utilizing and sharing those gifts are what make your group worthwhile.
This includes you—you have special talents and gifts that are maybe exclusive to you in your group. Use them, share them, and be sure to be just as supportive (if not more so) to those in your group as they are to you. You’ve got to give to get; you’ve got to share to receive. You’ve got to have incredible people holding you up so you can reach the top.