One thing I have learnt about working from home, running your own business, is that it can get lonely. You need bags of self motivation, self discipline, belief in you and your abilities and lots of self compassion. Wow, this is not something I had bargained for, had considered or thought I would be faced with. Naive…maybe…
Who do you have to motivate you, inspire you, hold you accountable for those goals you have set yourself, brainstorm with, vent to, celebrate with?
This person is what I call a championing partner. Someone who perhaps also works from home, runs their own business, who also needs encouragement, someone you can lean into at times of uncertainty, share ideas with. Someone who knows you well and knows how brilliant you are when you can’t see it. Someone who helps you see the bigger picture. And very importantly, someone who celebrates with you!
For me such a partner helps me realise I am not alone and I don’t have to do it on my own. It also gives me the kick I need when I know we are going to meet that:
a) I have done the work I had agreed to do;
b) I am prepared so I get maximum benefit from the get together;
c) I am able to share where I am right now, any challenges I am facing and talk them through;
d) Set intentions/goals for the week ahead.
From these get togethers, be it in person or on the phone, afterwards I feel energised, motivated, inspired. Someone is fighting my corner and understands. I am not the only one with certain issues. I am good at what I do. A great energy gets created which supports me to keep going.
Who is your championing partner? What do you get from it? What do you create together?
And if you don’t have one of these wonderful people, what are you waiting for!!
When you champion someone, you stand up for them when they doubt or question their abilities. When you are in the valley, and your friend/colleague is on the next hill, waving a flag and saying to you,
“Come on. You can make it.”
Love this Sonia, I have quite a few championing partners notably two recently who really help me see things clearly when the road ahead feels quite obscured. They are both coaches but what I am noticing is that even if strictly speaking they aren’t coaching me they give me the space to rerun my stuff even when my other friends start glazing over.
Hi Rona, thank you. Aren’t championing partners the best!! Yes, it’s about creating the space to be able to talk out loud and know you are being listened to!!
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