The Value of Community
I used to work out of a home office... There were too many days when I felt isolated and overwhelmed, as if I had do to it all on my own.
Recently talking with some of our Holistic Chamber of Commerce Chapter Presidents, the benefits of networking in a community of like-minded professionals - both online and at local meetings - came up. Meeting visitors often have questions about how it works.
After asking around, I found that Judy Santos, owner of OfficeSlice CoWorking, has a helpful definition to start with: "Community has a variety of meanings. Families buy into a neighborhood because of the "community" and entrepreneurs can join a coworking space to gain community, or your hobby can place you automatically into a community. But what does community really mean? I believe it to be a collection of people, from various industries, locales and backgrounds, brought together for a common purpose. We all belong to a number of communities, and participation in the community is the key to its success."
However you personally define community, most people seem to agree it can be very helpful in providing support for personal and/or professional success. Here are ideas to help you make the most of a business-oriented community:
Questions for Ongoing Creation
As we heal, we get to reveal new layers of ourselves, to learn to love more deeply and openly and to express ourselves in creating life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
What are you creating? What will bring more "heaven on earth" for you?
Whether you are solving math problems or helping to heal others, to keep it up as a long-term project or venture, it's important to support yourself, be supported by others and also share your expertise in supporting others.
That's how we create the flow of energy and also cashflow!
LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, oh, my!
With all of the social media options available today, I could also have titled this "Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube, oh my!" Don’t you agree?
If people don’t know about you or how amazing your “widget” is, then you won’t be able to help anyone because they just won’t know. In sharing your message (or product or service) with the world at large, it’s important to actually reach out to people where they are. If they are on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter, then choose one or two or more and be there with them.
These days, social media is one of the best ways to meet and reach new people, and stay connected with those who are already part of your tribe! Of course, if you want to connect with your tribe in person, come to our conference in LA on November 4th and 5th ~
But even when it’s free, social media takes time and your time is valuable. With so many options, how do you choose?
How to Get 25 Hours in a Day
Isn’t that what most of us want?
To find enough time to do it all – enjoy family and friends, make money (i.e. pay bills) and relax? People like Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Oz seem to get extra hours in a day and still have time to play, vacation, whatever. How do they do it?
One thing is for sure, there is a balance between health, time and money, the juggling act (so to speak). This is partially a function of three things
Safe vs. Smart
There is a step between “playing it safe” and playing it smart. In baseball, it’s the question of when to leave first base to get home. In the terminology of one of my favorite authors, Barbara Schiffman, C.Ht., it’s when to take your “leap of faith.”
Are you at that step? Are you considering how to expand as effectively as possible? As a professional, practitioner and/or business owner, it’s up to you to decide which monthly time and/or financial commitments make sense because they will lead to more growth and which are just a waste of energy. Are you considering your strengths and opportunities while being aware of your weaknesses and potential challenges?