We are Better TWO-gether!
For the last 30 days I’ve been involved with Ignite. This is a group of women who meet weekly via teleconference and use a group Facebook page to post our learning discoveries. It’s lead by Kathryn Bonner, Founder of Women of Passionate Purpose International (WPPI) and other purpose coaches. Being a part of this group and talking with different coaches and encouragers on-line, has caused me to be open and expectant to discover “What’s next?”
People who accomplish their goals in life admit that having mutually supportive relationships in work and life propels them forward. Getting involved with a group like this may be just what you need to ignite something in your life. For me, it’s propelling me to create many new things in my work and life.
Powerful Question: Who or what group provides you with encouragement and support?
The women in the Ignite group are working on a variety of things (e.g., personally, professionally, creatively, spiritually and relationally.)
This support group has provided me emotional support as I encounter the natural disappointments of day-to-day life as well as wisdom regarding the things I want to ignite in my own work and life.
I don’t believe we do life and work well alone. We are meant to be a part of a community. Having said all of this, I hope your community is a supportive one.
I got a distressing email this month from a potential client. She was entangled in a web of toxic relationships at work and there was only negativity and no support and encouragement. We think these negative influences won’t have an effect on us. But stay around it too long and the poison will start to have an effect your thinking and behavior. You may even lose your will to ignite something important in your life. None of us are immune to the influences of the world around us.
Back to my Ignite group: One other interesting unexpected byproduct of this group occurred. As I encouraged others, I felt even more encouraged myself.
We are all just like seedlings waiting to be planted. As I wake up each day with a desire to make a difference in someone else’s life, suddenly encouraging others . . . it makes a difference in my own.
A bloom is an opportunity to express, hope, support and encouragement into someone else’s life.
Sometimes we think that the only way we can get “filled up” is to receive something, but in fact, I recommend giving away to someone else in need.
Powerful question: How can you send out your “bloom” today?
While the right friends are near us, we feel that all is well. Our everyday life blossoms suddenly into bright possibilities. ~ Helen Keller