Recently I went to The Maker’s Summit, a conference of creative entrepreneurs held in Greenville, SC.
It was a wonderful weekend.
For one thing, the conference organizers truly pampered us.
We were served delicious artisan and locally made food the entire weekend. Delicious kale scones, homemade blueberry muffins, locally produced honey and bread, fruit, and quiche for breakfast. Energizing drinks like spinach smoothies and cinnamon and Himalayan salt-infused almond milk were available any time we needed a power-up. At night they offered a “craft and cocktails” event. They served tasty drinks and desserts like maple bourbon bacon donuts in combination with stations to make your own crafts. It was an artist’s heaven!
The food wasn’t the only thing that I found so refreshing. It was exhilarating to be among so many other smart, scrappy, independent entrepreneurs. To be able to toss around ideas and gain inspiration from others who had been on a similar journey as my own.
I returned from that conference more excited and energized about my business than I have been for a while.
Don’t get me wrong; I’ve always enjoyed what I do. Yet the fact is that when you’re flying solo most of the time, it’s easy to forget your why and to grow stagnate and stifled.
I wrote pages and pages of notes and ideas during that 2-day conference. When I returned home, I filled my entire kitchen table with sticky notes full of more ideas – my makeshift version of a vision board. It’s like that conference just flipped a switch for me. It reawakened my passion, encouraged me to keep pushing, and reminded me of the value of having a supportive community behind you.
Supportive communities are not only important in the business world.
Whether you are trying to lose weight, save up money for a house, learn a language, raise a child, travel the world, or myriad other potential goals, you are going to need a community behind you if you want to make it to the finish line.
My question for you is simple: do you have a community?
Of course the type of community you join will depend on your goal. If you’re trying to lose weight, perhaps you would want to find a supportive gym or join a weight-watchers group. Language learners might find the support they need in a meet up group from http://www.meetup.com/. If your goal is more business oriented, perhaps you’ll find the support you need in a mastermind or BNI group.
The point here is simple. No great thing is ever achieved alone. You must have some kind of support network.
Have you been trying to make traction on some lofty goal without much success? Does it feel like you’ve been simply spinning your wheels? Perhaps it’s time to find a community to stand with you, to keep you accountable and help you push through on those days when you feel like quitting.