Surrounding yourself with amazing, powerful, courageous and authentic people is such an important way to empower and inspire yourself.
Even though I’m an outgoing, friendly person that love connecting with people, I really struggle with asking for and receiving help, relying on others and letting myself become part of a tribe. Yes, I may be talkative at parties and friendly on the street, but when it comes down to it I think I can do everything better on my own. Just me. No one else. I’m much happier giving support then receiving it. And I thought that was honorable.
I thought being self-made was all about doing everything on my own.
Then I chatted with Mara and quickly realized that opening up, truly connecting, sharing and relying on others doesn’t mean I’m weak. In fact it’s the complete opposite. It’s empowering! It’s courageous! It’s inspiring! And once you begin connecting with other bright souls you start to learn more about yourself, grow a little taller, begin to leap a little further and shine a bit brighter.
So here you are, connecting and shining and you know what that creates? More connection, more awesomeness, more miracles!
Because once you open the door and begin to find your soul mates and best buddies you’ll find MORE fabulous people to work with. It’s like an amazing landslide where one connection, one person, leads to five more, then those people lead to 20 and so on until you’re surrounded by a bunch of kick-ass people that want to help you and cheer you on.
For me, this is revolutionary!
After high school and college, where I was always the ambitious one in the group, striving for an A, pushing everyone along, carrying the workload and resenting everyone, I gave up on the idea of a team. I didn’t think I needed a team. I didn’t need anyone to help me or cheer me on – I was my own team, my own coach, my own cheerleaders. And that worked fine.
But it didn’t really. I was lonely. I was feeling lost, confused, frustrated. I was a one woman team that secretly wanted team-mates. That’s why my call with Mara was so big! I was taking the first step towards finding my own tribe and it was exhilarating.
I do need to admit that a lot of my reluctance to connect with others was because of insecurity, distrust and the need to be in control. And if I hadn’t done the work over the last few years to become more connected with my authentic self, to let go of jealousy, grudges and preconceived notions and open myself up to trust I don’t think I’d be open to a tribe today. I’d still be scared and unwilling to let go of my independence.
Now I’m ready though and since I’ve opened myself up a flood of amazing people have come my way. I’ve met Wellness Warriors that have inspired and motivated me, I’ve created a Community of Brilliance, I’ve discovered how to dig deep with Tara, I’ve found a tribe and a circle of motivation and support, I’ve joined the BodiMojo team, I’ve sent my novel to friends and family for feedback, I’ve asked for help, I’ve admitted not knowing things…
I’ve found my team, my tribe, my circle of friends and confidants and coaches and cheerleaders.
I’ve connected and as a result I’ve never been happier or more excited about the future.
So :: You don’t have to go it alone. Being self-made doesn’t mean doing everything by yourself. Relying on others doesn’t make you weak.
It makes you stronger.
Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.