Yep, I’m talking about your network. Specifically, the people in your network who are there for you, who have your back, your peeps.
I do a guided meditation for leaders to think about the future they want to create for themselves. As they are visualizing their ideal future, I ask them to picture who they see supporting them and cheering them on.
I recall a colleague a while back who was looking to move into a management role and the promotion was eluding her. I asked her who supported her in that quest. When I saw her blank stare, I had a sense of what the trouble was.
My sister Debbie once gave me a decorative box. The outside read ‘My friend knows the song in my heart’. The inside read ‘And sings it to me when I forget the words’.
Your peeps are the ones who’ll do that. They believe in you, they trust you and they want your success as much as you do. They advocate for you when you’re not in the room. And most importantly, they remind you of yourself when you lose your way.
You make sense to them, you’re safe with them, they let you know you belong.
Try this ONE thing
If you have these kinds of people around you, tell them how much you appreciate them.
If you don’t, make it a priority to cultivate these relationships. None of us can go it alone.
I talk about this very subject in my new course Create Your Ideal Job, which will be launching soon. Stay tuned for a signup list in the coming weeks!