Support Is Crucial
Whether you are a entrepreneur, an author, or really anyone who works on their own, having support is crucial. Today’s tip is: Surround yourself with positive people – friends, family, mentors. There are three tips we have to help you surround yourself with the people who truly support you:
- Stay close to supportive people
- Cut out negative people
- Know your circle of five
Keep Your Support Close
First off, you need to identify who in your life is a supportive presence. Do your close friend offer support and encouragement? Are you close with your sister or mother? We all know many people in our lives, some of whom are supportive and others, not so much. This tip is to find out who is supportive of you.
Think about your friends, family, and mentors who help better yourself in business. Most people tend to spend time with people who are supportive but we still should be aware of how people in our lives treat us. Look to spend a majority of your time with people who support you, your book, and your business. But beware of people who are overly supportive. A real friend tells you not just what you want to hear, but what you should hear. Don’t discount friends, family, or mentors who challenge you, as long as it’s not a constant occurence.
Cut the Slack
Everyone of us has people in our lives who are less than supportive. I bet you can name everyone who has not been supportive of you or your business right now. It’s human nature to recognize and remember things which are perceived as dangers. This can include people who are not supportive of us. As humans, we tend to avoid situations where we are not comfortable or feel threatened but still there are people we keep in our lives for various reasons. This tip is not to say you need to cut anyone out of your life but be aware of who is not supportive of you so you can keep them at a distance.
Know Your Circle of Five
This tip is something we learned from our business coach. You are the average of the five people you hang around the most. Think of this in business terms; if you hang around other CEOs you will act more like a CEO. If you are around managers, you will have more of a managerial attitude. What’s the direction you are headed for your life and business? Are you hanging around the right people? To find out if you are hanging around the right people do this quick exercise:
- Think of the five people you are most connected with in business.
- List their traits, both positive and negative.
- Compare their traits with your vision; do they line up?
If your circle of five is leading you towards your goal, good! If not, you might want to re-evaluate who you are spending your time with.