Up until we are 18, we are guided and driven by our parents and our teachers to complete tasks and accomplish goals. When we become adults, it seems we should be able to set a task in our minds and achieve it, right? Not so much. It can be a real struggle to come up with the motivation and the inspiration needed as an adult to drive us in the right direction. So where can we find this motivation, where do you even look? Networking!
Carol Campbell from Confidence Through Fashion, found inspiration when she quit her job in nursing and stepped out to start her own business. Leaving a structured profession that was guided and jumping into one where you guide yourself, teaches you that finding motivation is essential. She had to look at her own skills and the endless possibilities that were open to her. She needed the motivation to inspire her from apathy to unlocking her capabilities. She found this by putting herself out there and joining networking groups.
Networking allows you to connect with others that are like minded and inspire you to reach your goals. It is important to understand though, that it is not a one-way relationship. It is a flow. Inspiration and motivation are a give and take relationship. Receiving is an inflow and giving is an outflow. It is a balance that is needed in everyday life.
When you join a network, go in with the mindset of this flow. Go out of your way at each opportunity and give something to those around you. Whether it’s a listening ear to someone who needs to vent or advice to someone who is just starting out, give without purpose or without an expectation of the other person. Know your intentions when giving, because if you are doing it for the wrong reasons, the flow is disrupted and stops. Always be grateful for what you receive and always give graciously to those that you surround yourself with and you will find the right inspiration to succeed.
A networking relationship can benefit us in many ways, far beyond those who we are in the networking relationship with. Next time you have the opportunity to attend a networking event, or join a networking group, do it. You never know the great connections you could make.
This blog is based predominantly on the information given by Carol Campbell during her appearance on The Stronger Than My Excuses Show: Receiving and Giving Inspiration.