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Why your inner circle is the key to your success

I write a lot about going after your dreams because it is a topic I am seriously passionate about! We learn by breaking away from your fears, by doing and not waiting!

And learning to break away from your fears through doing and not waiting is really the part that will change your life!

And this is why you need a support system, an inner circle that doesn’t squash your ideas and dreams. Instead, they help you brainstorm, lift you up on those darker days and give you a different perspective.

A group friend that are on the similar path in life and business. People who you can bounce ideas off of without fearing to give too much away. And more importantly, they hold you accountable and will call you out on your bullshit.

It is one of those elements in our lives that we all should have.  You could, of course, build your dreams alone, but isn’t celebrating success with friends better?

And more importantly, they can see the blind spots, especially if you are frustrated.

Your inner circle is not meant for you to whine and complaint – they are here to help you maintain perspective and challenge you.  It is brainstorming, collaborating and creating dreams together.

Your inner circle will have different skills to suit yours and will be a mastermind of supporting you. Different skills compliment each other well as opposed to everyone having the same skill.

Inner circle will provide you with emotional support, encouragement, informational support and tangible support. It is your success team.

Creating your inner circle

  • Make a list identifying who you go to for support. Circle the ones that are a positive influence and who are the negative people (the ones that are always Debbie Downer).
  • Now make a list of the ones that you want to add to your inner circle and tell them that. Be honest with them and tell them why you want them for support and accountability.
  • Nurture the relationship and share your successes and struggles and do hang out with them for fun.

Joining my accountability groups and creating my own inner circle, has tremendously changed my life and the way I do business.

Just a year ago, I was still fighting the daily struggle of what to do and create, but by showing up, staying the room and having someone that allows me to share the good, the bad and the ugly has brought forth a tremendous amount of growth.

You don’t have to do this alone! All you need to do is decide who the people are in your life that can support you and connect with them.

A word of warning perhaps, some will be on board and show up – some will not. We are all on our own journey and have different needs.

Now go off and create your inner circle of dreamers and doers and start building success together!

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mastermind

What’s a mastermind and why do you need it?

I recently concluded a 90-Day mastermind and it was the best investment I had done all year.

Sure I have done a group coaching program and hired a coach BUT it wasn’t until the mastermind that things started to shift.

So what exactly is a mastermind?

A mastermind is a group of people who supports, brainstorms, educates and holds each other accountable during a specific time period to grow and go towards a goal.

There is room for growth, interaction, and connection.

It’s that bond that happens through the interaction and connection that creates a space for individuals to come together and push themselves forward towards their goal. There is time to acknowledge things that are going really well but it is also the perfect time to state when things are not going well.

It’s that bond and connection that allows us to be open to another one’s perspective.

Everything I just mentioned is the reason why I prefer a mastermind over group coaching because members get to share, give feedback and advice.

The other thing I want to point out, a mastermind isn’t about networking. Yes, you will learn what everyone does, but not everyone is a business owner. There is, however, an opportunity to make deeper connections and create joint ventures outside of the mastermind.

Some masterminds have a strict protocol which is excellent so that everyone gets their turn, and I have been in those. But here’s the thing, there are going to be times that not everyone has something too personal to share but they show up because they have something to give.

So what are the reasons to join a mastermind, some I already touched on briefly?

  1. You are part of a small and exclusive community.
  2. You are not alone on your journey (and you shouldn’t be).
  3. Collaboration so that every member moves forward.
  4. Extend your own network.
  5. A new way of learning.
  6. You do have the opportunity for cross-promotion.
  7. Room to think bigger.

We all get stuck in fear and self-doubt and I learned that even as an introvert that those masterminds have really asked me to show up.

 

Be open that being in a mastermind may just be the thing you need to help you move forward!