Is it wrong that the majority of people I spend the most time with are online friends, many of who I have never met in person?
It wasn’t until working on Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6 that I realized so many of the people who inspire and motivate me are people I’ve “met” online. A few I’ve met in the “real world,” but most are online friends who I hope to meet in the “real world” one day soon.
People like Jodie Burham, Natalie Smith, Patricia Rudmann-Stucki, Jarrett Arnett, Denise Ward, Jerry Downs, Spike Wyatt and Bamidele Onibalusi, just to name a few. These people and many others, such as “real world” friend Rachel Dhanya Smith, inspire me in their lust for life and how they’ve taken command in making their own paths.
These people and people like them are the people I want in my tribe. People who don’t say “I can’t” but instead find a way to say “It is possible.” People who see difficulty and work for their goals anyway. Obstacles are just hurdles to overcome.
So what is a tribe?
A tribe is a group of people who have your back and are in your corner. They are your cheerleaders. The people who inspire you and help you to focus and stay on track. These are the people who are happy when you succeed and push you to make it happen.
Look at your friends. Are they people who inspire you? Do they support you no matter what? Do they challenge you? Do they encourage you to go get your dreams? Do they help you? Are they positive thinking?
If you answered no to any of those questions, it might be time to look at your tribe and make changes. Cleaning out the naysayers and non-supporters of your dreams is a great way to increase happiness and success in anything in life.
Of course, you can have multiple tribes. You may have a tribe for your play life and one for work life. Each has a different chore. But the main thing you are looking for is people who aren’t dragging you down or holding you back from achieving your life goals. Thinking and acting positive is one of the best ways to achieve anything in life. Because when you think negative, your chances of failure increase drastically.
While you might have people such as famous ones who inspire you, more successful tribes are people who you can have real contact with. People you can talk to, email or have coffee with. They may be online friends or “real world” friends. It doesn’t really matter where your tribe comes from, as long as they inspire, encourage and challenge you in positive ways.
So get out there: find and create your tribe.
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6