Don’t Overlook the Support from Those Already in Your Life

by on March 3, 2011

Don’t Overlook the Support from Those Already in Your Life

One of the lessons that I had heard before, but which was reinforced with me over the last couple of weeks, is that sometimes you can easily overlook the resources available to you when they are immediately in front of you.  That bit of wisdom came to light as I was marketing my most recent teleseminar.  Often when involved in a venture or trying something new in our life, we often forget to share what we’re looking to accomplish with those who are closest to us.  This isn’t necessarily done on purpose.  Sometimes we believe they may not be interested in our activities outside of the family or friendship relationship.  Other times we feel they may not understand what we’re doing particularly if they’re not part of the same career background as us.  Often it can be as simple as we’re focused in getting our message out to strangers that we forget to share it with those who already know us.

Very often, especially as we’re transitioning to a new stage in our life, the sheer act of changing can be difficult with which to deal.  Going it alone, keeping inside what we are feeling, and believing we have to have all the answers can add undo stress on the individual.  That is why sharing your plans and activities with others can often be a good idea.  Yes, they may challenge the steps you are taking.  They may point out items you have overlooked and make suggestions to try things a different way.  However, remember, you own the change you are making or the activity you are introducing into your life.  Ultimately, you have the final say on how it gets done.   The chance does exist, however, that you may not remember every detail and a suggestion from a previously untapped resource can help you on your way.

In the example of my teleseminar, I informed family and friends of its date, time and subject matter in addition to those who are regular readers of my site and to whom I am connected on social media.  Minimally I figured it would be a way to show those close to me some of what I do in my profession, which is not always easy to explain in conversation.  As the actual event took place, and a number of them participated, I was surprised and pleased to learn that those close to me had been familiar with some of the concepts from other presentations they had had at their place of work.  I also learned while others were not familiar with the concepts I was presenting they were very interested in the topic and had heard approaches which were comparable from other readings they had done.  The point is, while I knew all of these people for several years and had interacted with them frequently in a family setting, I had not realized some of their interests and experiences which were in line with my topic.  It also helped them to realize what I could contribute as a resource that they could share with friends of theirs who might be potential clients for my services.

What are some points I learned from my experience:

•    Don’t be concerned about sharing your talents, dreams and ambitions with those closest to you.  Even if you feel they may not understand why you are doing what you are doing, you shut off the opportunity of their input and wisdom if you keep everything to yourself.

•    When you are speaking to those closest to you, you are not only speaking to them, but potentially others that they know.  Even if they may not be able to use your services or abilities at the moment, they may know someone who can.  There is no way for them to make that recommendation if they don’t know what you do.

•    Going forward with support is better than going it alone.  Sometimes we can get wrapped up completely in our thoughts on how to make things work perfectly in our world, that we don’t leave ourselves open to other opinions and suggestions.  Admittedly, we may not want to incorporate those suggestions and could even be sensitive about receiving them if they are given in an unflattering matter.  However, to not allow the opportunity to have them offered at all, may keep you from hearing an idea that may spring you forward with other ideas or become a key point in your implementation strategy.

It’s not always easy going through your life’s journey, especially when it involves transition from what you have done in the past.  However, it becomes even harder when you either choose to go it alone or are concerned about sharing your intentions until you are comfortable that you have your entire act together.  Look to reach out for assistance when needed.  And, remember, that some of the best feedback and assistance may be from those in your life already.

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