If you know me personally, you know that one of my greatest pleasures of creating Vitality is building our little community. Through my own personal experience, I have found community to be one of the greatest ways to encourage people to follow their goals. It’s a huge reason I finally decided to create Vitality’s membership program (which will be launching by January 2017). Here are three ways that being in a community helps you reach your goals:
Way #1: You feel like you aren’t alone – When I first started on my healing journey 6+ years ago, I honestly felt very lonely (despite being surrounded by people). Joining my healthy living community and blogging about my personal struggles to strangers was one of the most healing things I had ever done up until that point. Many people chimed in and shared their experience, which motivated me to no end. Going into my journey, I didn’t realize there were so many people that felt as hopeless and frustrated as I did. It just wasn’t something that was normally talked about (in my experience at least). By joining a community, sharing myself, and reading other people’s posts, I really felt like I wasn’t alone. There truly is strength in numbers!
Way #2: It allows you to be vulnerable – Growing up, being vulnerable wasn’t taught as something you should be in my family. This is a huge symptom of perfectionism that many of the women I work with relate. As Brene Brown says, vulnerability kills shame and guilt (the two lowest vibration emotions). When you release your shame and guilt around a specific area, it allows you to raise your vibration and accomplish your goals at a much quicker pace. Creating an environment where you feel comfortable being vulnerable is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself. As an added bonus, you never know who will be able to relate to what you say in the community.
Way #3: It creates accountability – We all know what it feels like to constantly tell ourselves we are going to start on our goals (on Monday, the first of the month, after little Bobby starts school full-time, etc.). It’s one thing to tell ourselves that, it’s another thing to publicly commit! Being in a community creates the accountability required to finally get your goals accomplished. Plus, when you are sharing with others how you are getting on with your goals, they’re able to share with you their tips and cut off some of your learning curve.
In my opinion, being a part of a community is a great way to receive the support and accountability required to accomplish your goals. What do you think? Have you ever been a part of a community? What was your experience with it? I’d love to hear your answers in the comments below :)