We are half way through FEBRUARY! 7 weeks into the New Year! How are you doing on your goals and resolutions?
If you have fallen short – or simply not even started implementing your plan, maybe you should tap into your inner circle for inspiration, motivation and accountabiilty!
As human beings, we are social animals. From pre-historic tribes who needed to hunt and gather food with companions for safety reasons, to today’s modern education system, grouping us into classes or sports teams. Even if you feel you are a true introvert, you need to have some human contact in your life.
This week I ran two Peer Advisory Board meetings. I’m always reminded of how very powerful it is to have a group of trusted peers to go to for advice.
If you are a business owner, you know how lonely it can be running your business. You are making ALL the decisions, wearing multiple hats (accounting, sales, marketing, promotion, operations, delivery, purchasing, planning, etc) Sometimes we can begin to question ourselves. We don’t know what we don’t know!
It’s important to build a strong inner circle of trusted people you can depend on for advice, empowerment and expertise.
Building Your Inner Circle: Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.
Here are 3 quotes to help you start building your inner circle.
1) “Stay Away From Negative People. They Have a Problem for Every Solution” Unknown
Who doesn’t belong in your inner circle? Negative people. Humans are driven toward concensus. We do need some pushback and challenges in order to continually grow, but we don’t want to surround ourselves with someone who only sees the negative in every situation. This can go for your social inputs as well – are you following / listening to people who are focused on negativity or positivity?
On our Peer Advisory Boards – the trust level between members is so strong that they can challenge each other without feeling judged. Advice from a peer on where our blind spots are, given in a safe environment can be a game changer for some business owners.
2) “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful” – Joshua J. Marine
Growth mindset- Your inner circle should be bringing out the best parts of the real you. You want to surround yourself with people who are interested in life and are engaged with all of the possibilities that it offers. The members of my Peer Advisory Boards are people who want to grow their business, and they want to help others to reach success as well. They are here to contribute and to receive. To walk through challenges together.
3) “Celebrations are the footprints of acheivements.” – Unknown
How do you celebrate with your inner circle? Sometimes as business owners we may feel like its bragging to talk about signing that new big client, or finally getting your website completed! Your friends and spouse, may smile and nod, but they don’t really understand what that means in your business. On our Peer Advisory Boards, you get to celebrate your wins and successes each month with other entrepreneurs! This activity helps you stop and recognize what you are doing well and its is a deeper level of celebration when you share that with others who know what it took to make that happen! Round of Applause for You!!
I am such a firm believer that all entrepreneurs need a support group to help us celebrate our wins, shine a light on our blind spots, provide counsel to our questions and support us when we need a boost! I’ve been leading Peer Advisory Boards for 6 years now and they are simply amazing!
TAKE ACTION: Find Your People Who do you spend the most time with? Are they positive and uplifting or negative and stifling? Who is on your A-Team/ Inner Circle? Do you have that list of people in your business and your personal life?
I have a few open spots on my current boards. I would love to be a part of your inner circle!
If you are ready to tap into a curated and facilitated inner circle – schedule a call with me today.