Being part of a community doesn’t always happen overnight. hon It takes time and a lot of work to build relationships. Today as you set your five year goals for the community section, keep in mind that there will be new relationships you will need to nurture over the next five years in order to move your community goals forward. This might be a good time to refer back to the list of individuals you want to establish a relationship with and add to it. Relationships are an essential part of your community.
Refer to your Relationship Inventory list
When I started creating my community goals, I focused mainly on individuals, groups, and communities that touched my life. It wasn’t until I took out my relationship inventory list that I realized I’m a part of communities that are centered around my children’s lives. Their school, classroom, dance classes, and girl scouts. Once I had this realization, I looped back to my community goals and added to it.
Trying to predict which communities you will be a part of 10 years from now is almost a shot in the dark. However, with the relationship inventory, you will have a better chance of shedding some light on the next 10 years. Creating a 10 year plan gives you a better chance at developing, joining, and improving communities.
Focus on joining and developing
Who do you need to meet? Are you looking for a business mentor? Networking group? Foodie friends? Over the first five years of your 10 year plan, focus on identifying the communities you need to join in order to establish new relationships. There are a number of resources for finding like-minded people in your area. Meetup.com and Facebook groups are a great starting point. If that leads you astray, make it a habit to ask around. If community service is at the top of your list and you are seeking an organization to volunteer, reach out to your local chamber of commerce for a list of organizations. Inquire about joining the PTA, attend a meeting, familiarize yourself with that community, and JOIN.
Taking time to join a community is asking a lot, I realize that. Time isn’t something to be spent frivolously. If you join a community and realize that the time investment isn’t worth it, reassess. It’s okay. At least you figured out that it isn’t for you. Better to explore your options and re-evaluate than put it off and wonder “what if”.
When you find a community you want to invest in, start developing relationships. Those new relationships may not be with the business mentor you are seeking, but they may lead you to someone else that turns into your business mentor.
Just nine more days and you will have a 10 year plan. It’s certainly a process to develop one and once we have one completed, I promise you it will change. That’s right, I said change. You may change your mind about something, such as joining a community as mentioned above. You may meet someone that becomes an important relationship. There are so many moving pieces but the important part is that you are actively taking steps to create a life that excites you. Cheers to that!
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