You hear me say this all the time. Community is the new currency. What does that actually mean though? It means, there is value in your community, aka the people you surround yourself with. The people who know you and the and people you know.
In today’s world this impacts us both personally and professionally, more than at any other time in history. Why? Because now our community doesn’t end at our front door. We used to go home and only be influenced by our immediate family members (and maybe the 5 o’clock news). Now, however, our community is connected to us 24 hours a day 7 days a week all because of social media. Most people wake up and reach for their phone (89% of Americans say they check their phones within the first 10 minutes of waking up) and guess what? Your community started influencing you before you even got out of bed. Most people also look at their phone right before going to sleep (95% of people use the phone for something just before going to bed) Your community now just influenced your dreams. Now if the people you are connected to in your community are sharing and talking about their goals, dreams, positive quotes, etc you will think the same. But if people in your community are posting about the latest political drama, constantly complaining, and sharing negative news stories, then guess what? You will start to see the world just as they do.
We know that “birds of a feather flock together,” but have we ever thought about what kind of “bird” we are flocking with? I’m reminded of the story about a peacock who lived on a farm and was put in a chicken pen as a small bird. This beautiful peacock grew up thinking it was a chicken. It acted like a chicken because it was surrounded by chickens. Who are you acting like? (want to read more about the confused peacock you can HERE.)
With the new understanding of mirror neurons and how our brains will literally re-wire themselves to be like the people we are around, we now have to take full responsibility for who we “hang with.” We might think of this as the people we physically socialize with but I want to challenge you a step further to think about the people you “socialize with” on “social media.”
Who are your “friends” on Facebook? Who do you follow on IG and Twitter? Who are you listening to on Clubhouse?
Are you willing to level your circle and actively choose to build your community with women who will encourage you to grow into the very best version of yourself?
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing with you best practices for building your community with strong partnerships and collaborations.
One of the first ways to purposefully build your community is through live networking events. The June HGYC Live Zoom networking event is the perfect opportunity to intentionally grow your community with positive, empowering, driven women. Women are ready to level up their lives and businesses.
So I hope you will join us (and check out the July and August dates). Isn't it time to plug into a community of women who believe you are capable of being the best version of yourself? The version you dream about.
It starts with showing up, fostering new relationships, and building your social circle. It starts with intentionally building your community.
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