A Strong Support Circle is Your Key to Success

March 8, 2024
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Imagine you're facing a major project deadline, feeling overwhelmed and unsure of how to proceed. You reach out to a trusted friend for advice. After a short conversation, you feel more clear-headed and motivated. That, my friend, is the power of a support circle.

Having people in your life who support you really makes a difference. How?

Your support circle offers emotional backing, steps up with practical advice, and helps you navigate challenges with greater ease and confidence. If you already have strong support, that's great! If you feel like having more support in your life would be helpful, read on.

The Power of a Positive Circle

Your support network consists of people who encourage, advise, and help you through tough times. It might include family, friends, colleagues, mentors, and even online communities. The mental and emotional benefits of having a supportive circle are immense. It reduces stress, increases confidence, and gives you a sense of belonging.

Finding Your Circle: Ready to identify and cultivate your own supportive circle? Look for people who are positive, trustworthy, and willing to offer and receive support. Attend networking events, join professional groups, and engage with like-minded individuals on social media.

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Seek Advice and Encouragement

When pivoting my business, I reached out to a mentor who provided invaluable insights that helped me avoid common pitfalls. I have people I bounce ideas off of when I'm struggling with the creative direction on a project. When I'm thinking about planning a vacation, I reach out to people I know and trust and ask them their favorite destinations.

Seeking advice from your support circle offers new perspectives and solutions you might not have considered. You also benefit from knowing you don't have to carry all of the weight on your shoulders. While the final decision is yours, talking things out or seeking advice will help you make the right decision for you.

Practical Steps: Be specific about your needs when asking for advice. Listen actively and show appreciation for the guidance you receive. Remember, support networks thrive on reciprocity. Be sure to offer your own advice and encouragement to others whenever possible.

Share Your Experiences

Being open about your challenges fosters deeper connections. I know it can be scary to admit you're struggling. But others can't support you if they don't know what you need. Sharing your experiences can bring emotional relief, offer fresh perspectives, and strengthen relationships.

If you're hesitating when it comes time to discuss your challenges, you need to figure out why. Is it a matter of trust? Fear? Or maybe you just haven't decided on the right person to talk to about what you're going through. Don't turn into your own roadblock. Work through the personal part of the problem, then reach out to your circle.

Diverse Content Formats: Consider face-to-face conversations, joining social media groups, or participating in professional networks. Each format offers unique ways to share and receive support.

Constructive Feedback

Constructive feedback can lead to personal and professional growth. For example, I once received feedback on my presentation skills that transformed the way I communicate. I'm still not perfect, but I'm better than I was. Feedback, when delivered thoughtfully, can help you see blind spots and improve.

The Feedback Loop: When giving feedback, focus on the issue, be specific, and be supportive. When receiving feedback, be open-minded, consider the suggestions carefully, and thank the person for their input.

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Building and Maintaining Your Circle

So where do you find the people to build your support circle? Find and join professional groups, attend networking events, and engage with people on social media. Let the people you trust know that you're open to expanding your network and you'd love introductions.

For your more personal circle, you might have to step out of your comfort zone. Check out volunteer opportunities for causes you're passionate about. Join a book club. Or find a favorite coffee shop and start a conversation each time you go.

An older gentleman sat in the chair next to mine once and asked what I was working on. He was thrilled when he found out I was a ghostwriter, and we spent an hour talking about his career as a television and move scriptwriter. When I wrote a my first fiction novel for a client, he became a network contact to turn the book into a series for one of the streaming networks.

When you find a connection who seems like a fit for your support circle, build a relationship. Invite them in and remember to offer value in return. Maintaining relationships requires regular check-ins, offering help, and celebrating successes together.

Community Building: A strong support network requires continuous nurturing and engagement. Make it a habit to reach out, offer assistance, and keep your connections active.

Support Circle Success

Leaning on your support network is not a sign of weakness; it’s a powerful strategy for success. By surrounding yourself with positive, supportive people, you can navigate life’s challenges with greater ease and confidence.

Reach out to someone today and start building your circle of support. Remember, the strength of your support network can be the difference between feeling isolated and feeling empowered.

Author

  • Treasa Edmond

    With 30 years in the workforce, 15 of those running her own freelance writer and content strategy business, Treasa has worked with all kinds of clients. It took her years to break out of an employee mindset so she could become the boss of her business. Now she's sharing her proven client management strategy and communication process so you can become the boss of your business today!


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