Go Forth – Foster a Tribe Greater Than You
If you want your dreams to become a reality, you need to put your focus where it counts. You need to become relevant and visible. You need to endear people to you and you to them. Let's face it, if you speak and there's no one around to listen, what's the point?
Building a tribe is about getting outside of yourself. It's about creating something bigger than you. It's about taking the genuine uniqueness of you and fostering greatness in others. You have a special value that has been given to only you and people are eagerly waiting for you to share that special value. So, step outside of yourself and, using these three principles, foster a tribe much greater than you.
Boldly Be You
Be real, be visible, be you. By being bold and authentic in your own life, you add value to everyone else's. Always be expectant – expect happiness, expect truth, expect the best. When you play full out – full out in honesty, full out in effort, full out in vulnerability – everyone profits. You are unique and you have one supreme purpose – to be you. So, be you boldly - dream boldly, thrive boldly, live boldly – and you will uniquely and naturally draw people to you and add magnificence to the world.
Boldly Invest In Others
When you help others achieve their goals and dreams, you instill confidence in them. You lift them up and empower them to step up and live boldly, too. Genuinely be interested in others' lives and actively encourage engagement with you and other members within your tribe. Openly share your knowledge and resources. Share not only your own content, but the content of others as well. Information you are attracted to will also be attractive to your tribe. Remember, there's plenty of abundance for everyone. Helping others grow, helps you grow. And when you grow, your tribe grows.
Boldly Show Up
Whether online or offline, you need to be where your potential tribe members are. You can't be everywhere, but you do need to be where it works. Decide where, what, and how much you can engage and contribute and show up there. Get yourself seeded in two or three top communities you can commit to investing in – blogs, social media groups, conference communities, Meetup groups, etc. Make your presence known by being active and becoming a valuable asset. Endear yourself with an authoritative mentor - offer help and add value to their work by being an asset where you are sharpest. And not just with the authoritative mentor, but with their community as well. This is an investment of your time, so start with a few and invest deeply.
Life offers fresh opportunities daily to show how superb it is to be alive. Use these opportunities to not only personally flourish, but to foster a tribe greater than yourself.
Janine L. Holman
Janine Holman is a freelance writer, photographer, and travel blogger - founder of Life Beyond Awesome – a site of travel journeys for adventurers, foodies, and lovers of luxurious things. Her stories cover both local and international travel and focus on diving into cultures and communities and the people who make them thrive. She invests time in learning how to best travel on a dime – being money smart and maximizing travel dollars while still enjoying the luxurious side of life (spas, restaurants, quaint places to stay, etc.). Janine covers all kinds of topics and is known for being adventurous, enjoying the outdoors, and embarking down the path less traveled. Most of all Janine enjoys sharing her life’s adventures and showing others how they too can design a Life Beyond Awesome.