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Entrepreneurship is hard but it can be even harder when you have a lack of support. In this episode, Tatiana is sharing her personal journey with support over the years and how it led her to have an accountability partner. If you’ve been feeling alone or like no one around you gets what you’re doing this episode was recorded just for you.
Accept You Need To Create Your Own Support System
There is no better thing than to have support but sometimes people just don’t get what you’re doing. My family and friends are very supportive of what I do. They root for me but they don’t always give me what I need to feel supported. Meaning if they aren’t doing similar things it’s hard for them to show up for me in the way I need when I’m struggling, need reassurance, or need help with ideas I have…
For you, it may be different. However, if you’re feeling a lack somewhere in the support area then the first step is to realize you CAN create the support you desire. It doesn’t have to stay this way throughout your business journey.
It would be great if it just fell in our lap but it’s something you have to want and have to go get.
Observe + Follow The Right People
Once you realize you desire this find people that are doing similar things online. Start observing what they do and what they share. Find people that resonate with what you’re trying to do and that encourage you or make you feel seen. Early on this was a big way for me to feel like I wasn’t alone by having people that I followed that ran similar businesses and see that the things I struggled with were not uncommon. I wasn’t alone.
With so much access today it’s easy to find this level of “support”. Although these people may not know you it can help just to see that someone else is doing the same things. It always feels reassuring to see that we all have struggles, it’s not isolated and it doesn’t mean anything about us. So find the people that lift you up online and overserve them.
Put Yourself In The Room
Another great way to create support for yourself is to simply join a community of some sort. Whether it’s a free group or a paid group there’s nothing like being with like-minded people that you can speak with in a safe space. So many people have created places like this online so that you can find the right fit for you.
The conversations, questions, and connections formed in these types of groups are unmatched. This is how I was able to find my own accountability partner, through a coaching program (Mom2Mogul) I invested in that came with a community.
Whether it’s an investment of your money or time getting in the room is key. This has been one of the biggest ways I felt supported just simply by being around others that were where I was, where I’m at currently, or where I want to be.
PRO TIP: Many courses come with access to a community. This could be a great way for you to not only learn something new for your business but also connect with some new people that struggle with similar things.
Get Out Of Your Shell
If you’re anything like me it can be intimidating to put yourself out there. Be willing to introduct yourself and share what you’re going through. You can also support others and be a cheerleader for them in these settings as well. This will open you up to connecting with others and starting to build lasting relationships. You can join groups online, or sign up for courses with communities that will give you the chance to get to know like-minded people.
Either way just joining is not enough. Take the next step to comment and engage with everyone in the setting. This is how you can start to create support, no one will know how you’re feeling if you don’t open up.
Set The Tone
Decide how you can show up for your accountability partner and/or support system. What are the things you’d like to see happen from growing with this person/group? What are you bringing to the table that can help them?
It can be uncomfortable to put yourself out there and create your support system. However, you will not regret the things you learn and the new relationships you create. Entrepreneurship can feel like it’s a lonely road but it doesn’t have to be.
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