The Secret Power of Community

Whether you’re a small business owner, or you’re a leader in a large company, the temptation to go out alone is great. But true success is achieved only when you’re able to find others to help you along in your journey, when you are able to harness the power of community.

There’s a lot of advantages to not going it alone. First, you get different perspectives. A big part of growth, even in a large business when we’re surrounded by others, is to get outside perspectives. It can be good to get different perspectives of people outside of your company, outside of your organization, outside of your business or even outside of your industry. Outsiders will see things from a different angle. These outside perspectives will often shed light on things that you never thought about, and will help you develop a well-rounded approach to your business.

Another thing that community will do for you is to challenge your blind spots. We all have these blind spots– beliefs that need to be challenged. Often, we find ourselves set in our ways, we develop unbending habits. These habits can really limit how much we grow, whether it’s personal growth or whether it’s growing our business. Having people to help you see these blind spots and get past them can be a significant contributor to your success. Growth really happens when your blind spots are challenged.

A third advantage that often in a community you will find that there are people that are a couple of steps ahead of you. Someone has already overcome the same challenges that you are facing. There is a real opportunity to learn from them, to learn from their mistakes, to learn from their failures, and to learn from their successes. This will help you navigate the learning curve more quickly.

Accountability is another advantage to being in a community. This is especially true for entrepreneurs, and others who don’t have a boss holding them accountable. Having a group of people who will help hold you accountable is a powerful tool to ensure that you’re always moving forward.

Finally, don’t overlook your basic social needs—this is especially true for entrepreneurs and solopreneurs who are often alone day after day. But it can also be important for people that work in companies surrounded by other people on a day-to-day basis. There are often things in any business that aren’t appropriate or comfortable to share with your coworkers or other leaders. Having that community available to you, outside of your workplace or your business can be a great addition to any rising executive’s toolkit.

I can’t emphasize enough that there is real strength in having a community around you. Don’t try to go it alone. There’s no need to. You’ll find your growth is so much faster when you surround yourself with likeminded people.

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As we all deal with the stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our day to day lives, it's important to step back and take the time to care for ourselves. Here are some of the things that are worth consciously working on in the coming weeks.

SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES, especially children. In today’s busy world often our time with the ones we love gets put on the back burner. As events, activities, and schools cancel….and more and more people work at home, now is a great chance to get caught up with each other.

REDISCOVER THE SIMPLE THINGS. There was a time when we weren’t “on the clock” 24/7, when our children weren’t spending each evening in activities… when life was a routine. With much of that canceled for the near term, now is an opportunity to have family dinners, play games, read that book that you can never get to. Take a step back from the complications of the world. Take a breather.

FIND THE GOOD IN THINGS. We are bombarded all day and night with the negative things that are going on. There is much criticism over governments, mass hysteria, other nations, etc. But there are good stories out there as well. Stories of people helping people. While it's a shame that we have to work hard to find these, it is worth the effort.

Last, and most importantly, KEEP A POSITIVE MINDSET. It is so easy to succumb to the negativity that flows from a crisis such as this one. But keeping a positive mindset is one of the best things that you can do during this time. Positive energy will help you maintain your health, be productive, and reduce stress. Moreover, it is contagious. Everyone that you come in contact with (from 6 feet away of course) will be affected by your energy, even if just a little bit. And the more positive energy that is released into the world, the better this situation will be and the quicker it will resolve.


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