I resisted it for quite some time.
I have to admit that I was thinking, ‘it won’t help me so what’s the point?’ I have to admit, it was all what I could gain.
I knew that a big part of business success is in being super-focused and able to manage my time well; not to get caught up in unproductive activities that create distraction while not adding anything.
So I kept telling myself, don’t waste the time, don’t get dragged in to something that won’t benefit your business development, don’t get distracted.
And I kept resisting. But finally, out of respect for a friend and colleague, I went along. Just this one time, I said to myself.
And what I discovered?
Wow, a gem, a treasure, a gift!
‘The Circle’ is a local Networking Group that meets on a weekly basis. The focus is on creating abundance through generosity and a kind of intention and almost spiritual presence. Within the first few moments of being there I realized that I had got it ALL WRONG!
It’s not about what you can get. It’s about what you give.
Abundance exists in the recognition of how much you have to share.
Powerful networking is not the frantic search for who you can do business with and how many business cards you give out. It’s about your presence and willingness to show genuine heartfelt interest in others and find ways to help them achieve their goals.
From the first meeting I realized that I wanted nothing from this group other than to be there and enjoy the positive energy that embraces you from within. I needed nothing and wanted nothing, just to share myself, my experiences and lend a helping hand now and then.
In return, it has become an island of positivity and hope for me. A glimmer of what is humanly possible in the way people can interact and create abundance. The possibility of how a community can respect, care and help one another, simply by creating a space for abundance joy and protecting that sacred space.
There are many communities like this. Do you belong to one?
Sometimes it happens in a neighborhood, or through a school or college. Sometimes it is created in a church, sometimes in a family. Usually there is strong, resilient and continuous leadership.
And now, more than ever, we need these communities; we need the positive, supportive structure that will help us envision and create our own personal sense of abundance.
I am enormously grateful for my own ‘circles’, those that I have joined and those that I have created; the networking group, my friends, my professional communities and particularly my family.
What are your circles of abundance and support?© Copyright 2011 Lisa Bloom