You’ve probably noticed that motivation can make a big difference in your everyday life. It gives you a purpose to take risks and move forward. Your inner child welcomes the growth mindset and as a result, you take on more challenges.
In other words, you’re preparing for growth. And this is great, but since we’re all human beings we don’t grow in isolation. Instead, we’re social creatures who grow together. Your next step is therefore to branch out and connect with other like-minded learners.
Who can you connect with today that will support you and force you to stay accountable? These people are very important to have in your life. But if you don’t have them, don’t worry too much. Internet provides lots of social groups and forums, where you can share your journey and get support along the way. Let’s look at how you can gather your support and accountability troops, and build your own home online.
Gather Your Troops and March Forward
Social networks are great tools for gathering your support and accountability troops.
Right now, I’m a big fan of Twitter because you can follow people from all walks of life. You can also create lists, which are very useful if you want to organise your troops into different categories. For example, I have one list with marketers and entrepreneurs I really like. This list never ceases to inspire me, and I often tweet them to send them my regards. These interactions can sometimes go further, and we build a better relationship. You never know where an online interaction can take you.
A rule of thumb: I’m not only following hot shots on Twitter. I’m also following people who have similar interests and goals to me. Together, we keep each other accountable, so we’re living up to our potential.
Want someone to support you and hold you accountable? Follow me @ollelindholm and let’s inspire each other to live fun and meaningful life.
You can of course also use Facebook as a platform to keep track of your best friends. I haven’t found Facebook to be super useful, but if that’s your thing, go for it (I’ve read that you can organise your friends into different lists, too).
Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer less noisy environments like email, membership sites, and of course, there’s my favourite, the face-to-face interaction! Nothing compares to sitting down with someone and having a cup of coffee or eating a meal together. Don’t underestimate the gift of giving someone your complete attention. There is nothing more beautiful or valuable for your emotional bank account. Swith off your smartphone and look the other person in the eye. They will thank you for it! Whenever possible, go the extra mile, and meet people in person.
If you want to grow your professional network, I strongly suggest you join LinkedIn. This social network offers you a wide range of groups. Take a look at these groups and see which ones you’d like to be active in. I use LinkedIn groups for building my business connections and finding answers to some of my burning career questions. The best advice I have when it comes to your career, is to speak to someone who’s doing what you want to do. Be a nice egg and ask them a few smart questions. A great opening question could be:
“Hey, I really like your work. I’m curious: could you please tell me who you learn from?”
You’d be surprised by how many people actually respond. This is a great way for you to grow your family tree of ideas, but also to learn more about the industry you’re interested in.
Want to connect with me on LinkedIn? No problem. You can find me here.
Build Your Own Website
Social networks are great tools, but make no mistake, it’s rented space. You give them your email address in exchange for a profile. If you want to own your own assets and ideas, then do yourself a favour and get a website.
This is an important topic and I’ve written about it on my blog several times. If you’re new to this, I highly suggest you check out “3 Top Reasons Why You Want to Get Your Own Website” and “How to Build Your Own Media Empire“. I’ve created these resources to answer the most common questions (and objections) I get from my readers, and I hope these articles can help you see the value of owning your own homebase.
I can only vouch for how much I’ve learned from having my own website. All the new skills I’ve developed, the friends I’ve made, and the things I’ve learned. I don’t regret it one second, and after my university degree, it’s been the most important invenstment I’ve made so far.
Build your own home base and branch out. Spread your ideas. Connect with people. If you have any questions about this, feel free to get in touch or leave a comment on any of the blog posts above.
This ten-part e-course is almost coming to an end! I’ve been thinking about the best final lesson for you, and I think the most useful would be for me to write about productivity tips that will help you make the most of your time, so you can cut the fluff and start doing the work that actually matters. I’ve read a lot of different books on the subject, and I will share the tried and true techniques that have worked well for me.
At the end of the course, you’ll get a PDF checklist on all the lessons, so you can work through your life and make sure you’ve covered all the important key points. I find checklists, worksheets, and inspirational quotes extremely useful in my own everyday life. They really help me stay focused and remember all the valuable life lessons I’ve learned over the years. A good checklist is a “cheat sheet” that does half of the heavy lifting for you. All you have to do is to follow the framework and get going.
Catch you next time!
All the best,
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