Are you contemplating a bold change in your life? Do you want to take a life leap? Whether you’re planning an adventure, embarking on a new project, or launching a business, having people around who have your back can mean the difference between success and failure, says writer Marina Gask.
But who can you rely on when taking a life leap? It may not be the people you think. Here are five sources of support – people who will really ‘get’ what you’re doing and cheer you on every step of the way.
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Taking A Life Leap – Here Are 5 Sources Of Support
1. Find A Life Coach
“It’s great to have a sounding board to test out ideas, and a good life coach will ask the right questions to make you think more deeply about what you’re doing,” says life coach Chrissy Reeves. “Together you can tackle obstacles, explore what will make you happy, and get clarity on what you want to do, how and why.”
Depending on your plans, you may need a coach who specialises in a specific area, such as business, nutrition, finances, or divorce. A good coach can be like gold dust, so make sure you look out for one who has undergone training accredited by the South African chapter of the International Coach Federation.
2. Call On Friends You Can Trust
“Our nearest and dearest can feel threatened when we make big, brave plans. Being met with a quizzical look, a snigger, an awkward question, or a critical comment from a parent, friend, partner, or sibling can make us view things in a negative light. Our brains instantly assume the worst, and we can end up in a self-critical tailspin,” says Chrissy.
Find support among friends and loved ones who are genuinely enthusiastic about what you’re doing and don’t put you in a box, or from those who have been through a similar situation. They will appraise your ideas and help you solve problems from their own experience, rather than making you feel judged.
3. Create An Accountability Group
“The wisdom and support of like-minded individuals can be a game changer. An accountability group meets regularly to share goals and discuss challenges and next steps. Members act as devil’s advocates and cheerleaders, boosting each other’s confidence and sharing every small ‘win’,” says entrepreneur Debbie Gilbert.
Create your own by bringing a group of like-minded people together, such as women who are all committed to running a marathon or writing a novel. You then meet once a month to discuss your goals and set monthly targets – being accountable motivates you to meet those targets.
To find out how to start your own, go to leanin.org/circles
4. Use Social Media
“You can get an incredible sense of camaraderie when you share an interest or cause through a social-media group. And finding your people means lots of support, encouragement and advice – from all over the world,” says Debbie.
There are thousands of online networks, and finding your ‘tribe’ on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter is simply a matter of exploration. You may feel too shy to interact, but engaging with people helps you move forwards.
5. Locate A Networking Group
“When you’re doing something new, whether it’s self-publishing or learning to scuba-dive, there are always people out there from whom you can learn. From crafting clubs to your local Business Network International chapter, once you’ve found the right network, you have advice, contacts and opinions on tap,” says Debbie.
Research local networks and clubs to find one specific to your area of interest by using search engines, as well as checking out info at your library. Find out what’s available by exploring local news blogs and online platforms. Be prepared to try a few to find the network that can help you.