To get ahead in business and life, you can’t do it alone. Sorry to crush your dreams of doing it all by yourself, but you need your tribe to succeed.
I started my business a few years ago and I thought I was doing it alone, but over time I’ve realized that I’ve gathered this amazing network of support and encouragement and advice around me and that any success I’ve achieved in entrepreneurship is because of that.
So let me introduce you to my tribe.
My family. Of course I include my family in this amazing group of people! I’m 39 years old but I know that the support and love of my parents nurtures the confidence I need to go out there and get shit done. My husband and children, who sacrifice time with me so I can go to conferences and events and meetings. My brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews love me and take the time to send encouraging emails and texts.
My friends on the East Coast and West Coast. As a military spouse who has moved many times since getting married, I know the importance of gathering a local support system once I land in a new city. The awesome thing is that I get to keep these wonderful people in my life even after I move away! My group of friends in Nova Scotia bombarded my Facebook feed with love and supportive messages before a big event yesterday and my girls here on Vancouver Island sent texts and one special gal (whose picture isn’t in the collage) even dropped off flowers the other night. When you have dozens of amazing and strong women sending you positive vibes even from thousands of miles away, how can you fail?
My best friend. This lady is one special BAMF in my eyes. She’s a fellow fitpreneur and mom and all round fantastic person! She saw in me what I wasn’t sure I saw in myself and has helped my business grow. We support each other as we navigate the intricacies of entrepreneurship and motherhood and she has taught me that when strong women work together, magic happens. Kathy Johnston-Isenor and Fitness Junkies will change the world.
My business coach. I’ve known her since high school and I always knew she would create something big and important and she’s done just that. Her expertise in helping female entrepreneurs step into their power and take control of their futures is undeniable. It was Eleanor Beaton’s wisdom that pointed me towards focusing on fitness and wellness and it was a pivotal moment in my career and life.
The Spiritual Athlete. Anyone who has met Jill Payne knows how infectious her energy is. She has taught me that my mood and energy level are within my control and that is a great source of power in anyone’s life!
Inspirational Authors. Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project” awoke in me the need to set intentions in the pursuit of happiness. Just searching blindly can get you lost. Mel Robbins’ “The 5 Second Rule” has allowed me to do some scary things and experience some real growth. Leon Logothetis is a kindness warrior and his personal kindness to me (he sent me some books recently) allowed me to feel the love of a complete stranger and renewed my commitment to spreading that same love on a daily basis.
Inspirational Instagram Accounts. Angie Bee Hotz and her kickass decks of motivational affirmation cards provide me with the mantras I use to motivate me through each day. Loving Myself Loudly is devoted to body acceptance and self love and her posts can be the reminder you need to stop beating yourself up.
My tribe is growing everyday. Everytime I read a great book it grows. Everytime I hear an engaging speaker it grows. The bigger is grows, the bigger my goals become. You can’t do it alone, and why would you want to when there are so many amazing people out there just waiting to help you along?