This week I’ve been focused on support networks – mine and also those of my clients. What and who we need around us to make us more successful. I’ve been reflecting on how we build and sustain those networks and how we find out what really works for us. What makes you feel focused and supported?
“Ask for help. Not because you are weak. But because you want to remain strong.” Les Brown
Whether you’re just starting out in business or several years in, it’s common to get completely consumed by your business, so close to every twist and turn.
Maybe your friends and family don’t understand what you do or how hard it is. Perhaps you’re finding yourself slipping more and more into a lonely and isolated place, unable to see your situation clearly. Especially when things are tough, we can begin to doubt ourselves, and if left unchallenged, the ‘reality’ that we see becomes distorted.
Many people find asking for help difficult. Often, our instinct is to try and figure everything out ourselves. Perhaps we feel that asking for help makes us weak. Maybe we’re worried about losing control or having to share. We get so used to doing everything ourselves that it can be hard to let go. But with a lack of support, we risk becoming overwhelmed and making poor decisions.
In Chapter One of my book ‘The REAL Entrepreneur: how to simplify, grow and enjoy your business‘, I talk about the importance to having a good support network around you that you can leverage to enhance your chances of success.
Although asking for help may not come naturally to you, as entrepreneurs, we have more choice than most about who we spend time with. It’s important to gain outside perspectives to avoid being in a bubble of our own thoughts. Here are a few options:-
🌟 A coach or mentor
🌟 Business advisors
🌟 Networking groups
🌟 Accountability groups
🌟 Investors and board members
🌟 Fellow entrepreneurs
It’s completely unrealistic to expect yourself to know everything or be able to do everything. If you’d like to talk through the choices you’re currently facing or the current obstacle in your business, let me know. And please be kind to yourself…
Lisa Zevi – February 2021