Hangin’ with the Right Peeps?

I’m literally bursting with gratitude right now! I just returned from a JV Retreat with some amazing colleagues and friends. We hung out in the mountains of Santa Cruz in a beautiful private retreat center and spent several days connecting, collaborating and sharing. I’m so grateful because I have the opportunity to surround myself with like-minded people…entrepreneurs who are doing their highest work. Here I am at the retreat with Sharla Jacobs (one of our IAWP Faculty Members. There’s actually 4 People in this picture since Sharla and I are both pregnant!)

I want to share a few tips for being able to collaborate and surround yourself with the right people so you, too, can experience this level of love and support in your business, but first, a quick reminder…

If you haven’t listened to the preview call on Holistic Business Success Secrets, then make sure to do so soon before we take it down. We’ve had a huge response to this call and I want to invite you to take a close look at joining our tribe of Holistic Entrepreneurs who are stepping outside their comfort zones to “play” with like-minded people in their business and get the support to go to the next level in 2011.

Here’s where you can catch the call and learn more:


Now back to hangin’ with the right peeps. My amazing biz retreat made me realize that I wanted to share with you how important it is for you, too, to surround yourself with like-minded business owners and do some stretching from time to time (or more often as needed!). You might have colleagues you connect with, but are they the RIGHT people for your personal and business growth?

I’m sure you’ve heard this before…

“The people your surround yourself are mirrors to the results you see in your own life.”

It’s so true. So, ask yourself, Does your mirror need a little polishing?

I know that having this level of support has come to me because I’ve stretched and gone outside my own comfort zone. It’s not easy, but you have to check in with yourself and get uncomfortable with your current situation. There’s always some big clues that you’re not hanging out with the right people who can support you and help you grow to the next level. One glaring sign is that you feel frustrated in getting to the next level and don’t know where to turn to for advice. This is because you know you truly need the support of like-minded entrepreneurs, but you don’t have a community that you connect to. You may have heard me share this before, but I used to feel really alone as an entrepreneur because my friends and family (while I love them dearly!) were not on that path and didn’t really understand me.

A second clue is that you’re business has been at a stand-still for several months or years and you aren’t moving forward toward your Big Vision. Take a look around you at the 7 people closest to you and see if your results are similar to theirs. Scary, right? It may be time to create a new reflection of the reality you want to see in the mirror. Here’s a few steps to support you in getting started:

Steps for Surrounding yourself with Like-Minded People:

*Start locally – Sometimes there are closet-entrepreneurs hiding out in your own backyard! Don’t wait for them to find you, create your own local meet-up group and host an event to connect.

*Be willing and open to take some risks – When you want to go to the next level, you have to take some leaps forward. It just doesn’t happen without action. And sometimes it’s a leap into the unknown, which m ay feel risky to you. Remember this, the level at which you are willing to support yourself is the level at which you will attract like-minded people.

*Connect Online – You can connect inside forums, chat room or other online communities to find your Tribe. When you reach out on a larger platform, you’ll find there are people just like you out there! You can connect through online forums or set up a conference call to get to know one another.

I hope you’re inspired to connect and keep growing. I’m excited for what you will create in 2011! As always, I’d love to hear your comments below!

Thriving Together,



Suzanne Monroe
Founder & CEO, IAWP

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