Thursday, November 29, 2012
“If you can achieve your dream alone, then your dream is not a big enough”
~ Teresia LaRocque, MCC
I have a very important question to ask you: Do you have enough support in your life?
Who can you call when you need back up, to brainstorm business strategies, or in moments of emotional crisis? A solid support network allows you to be your best, achieve what you want, and be the entrepreneur you’ve always aspired to be.
Most of us find it hard to ask for help. Sometimes it makes us feel weak or inadequate. Sometimes we get so used to doing things on our own that the idea of getting help just doesn’t cross our minds. Asking for support is a sign of strength and ambition, an indication that you’re ready to take on more in life.
Consider people who have experienced great success, or have contributed greatly to the world or their communities. They didn’t do it alone. While you need to know that you can depend on yourself, if you continue to do everything on your own you will limit the level of contribution and difference you can make in the world.
Creating a World Class Support Team:
There are three basic types of support: S.E.T - Strategic, Emotional and Task. Each type supports a different side of you and your business, and they are equally important.
Strategic Support comes from people with more experience or perspective than you have, such as a colleague, mentor, coach or mastermind group. It could also come from someone you hire, such as an assistant or lawyer. They help you shorten your learning curve, find resources, and create faster, better results.
Emotional Support is something that every person needs. As an entrepreneur you can count on having great and not so great days, there will be times that you will ask yourself: would I better off getting a full time job? This is when we need to turn to the people in our life where you feel safe enough to confide your greatest fears, seek comfort and really bare your soul. Sometimes it’s the emotional support that helps put a business back on track – or even on the fast track.
Task Support comes from those who help you get things done – your assistant, housekeeper, babysitter and the helping hands of those we love. The support of these people allows you to have more time and energy for the things you love to do. Delegate those things that drain you first; then the things that are a poor use of your valuable time and attention. Remember what people pay you for. No one pays you to go to the dry cleaners.
Cultivating a strong support network and asking for help is a crucial skill to master. Tto really serve your family, your community and your customers, you have to have support! Decide to let go of the lone ranger mentality and make collaboration a fundamental way you do business.
|Teresia LaRocque MCC|
Teresia is the founder and facilitator of the Passion into Profit Program, a customized business building program offered through the Erickson Business Center. For free business building tips and advice, join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EricksonBusinessCenter.