I’m always so grateful for the support that I receive. The massive support I receive from the most important people in my life, the support of my tribe, The Influencer Tribe- and the support I get from every person, even some of them strangers to me, who give me a note of encouragement or a kind word.
Recently, I appealed for help as I was in the final of an entrepreneurial competition.
It has just closed- I didn’t win but I got more than 850 votes, which I was stunned by! More than that, the messages of support I received and the opportunity it gave me to share my work with a new audience was completely humbling.
The competition and trying to get people to vote for me reminded me of three key ideas:
1- You are only as good as the people around you
Sometimes people mean this in the context of work peers, but it is just as applicable in terms of the general people who support and care about you. I’m lucky to have a supportive family, supportive friends and a supportive Tribe.
2- Having the support of other people feels so good
I pride myself on my individual resourcefulness- I try not to be too reliant on other people. Despite this, the competition brought back to me the pleasure of having other people help: especially when they have skills and networks that I don’t.
3- There are opportunities everywhere if you look hard enough
Early on in the competition I could have been discouraged (or completely given up) when other people were getting more votes than me. Although I would (of course) have loved to win, I was just happy to be a finalist and I saw the opportunity for what it was. It meant that I was able to promote what I do, to reach out to new people and to reconnect with my network about my latest work. Just in order to be a finalist I had to put together a plan which showed me how far I have already come and the ambitious plans I have for my business- even that was a boost.
So, rather than feeling down that I thought it would be hard for me to win, I used it as an opportunity. I was able to engage new people in my work, get new people to sign up to my email list and share something with people that I was proud of. Plus, I saw the actual process of trying to get votes as an exercise in practicing influence too.
Remembering to be grateful is so important. I try to thank everyone for their support often but like many people, in my busy life I don’t always manage it the way I should.
So, if you are reading this, thank you.
Thank you for taking the time to read my work.
Thank you for all the encouragement you give.
Thank you for pointing out where I can improve.
Thank you for showing me new areas I can explore.
Thank you for helping me to follow my dreams.
Thank you for letting me be a part, however big or small, of your life.
Who should you be thanking today?