Are Peer Groups an Option for You?

I’d like you to think about the last time something was “new” for you. Whether it was a minute, week, month, or year ago, I’d place bets you had some apprehension and self-doubt about trying that new thing. It likely scared you and pushed you outside of your comfort zone. The hype, adrenaline, and emotion you feel before, during, and after is real. And all while you’re doing said new thing, you’re experiencing personal growth and development.

Yet, we let those anxieties creep in and set-up camp. They haunt us and hold us back from trying more new things. Because we’re human. There’s no rule book or perfect class or five-minute fix for our insecurities. There is, however, a way to kick those thoughts to the curb. 

The Balancing Act

Successful business woman looking confident and smiling.jpegYou ride on the merry-go-round of life, spinning at your own pace. How often do you find yourself questioning the pace of the wheel? Yes, sometimes you can control the pace. But, more often than not you just need to roll with what comes your way. I know it’s not easy; however, it’s part of the process.

If you’re a new mom-to-be, you read books, do online research, ask questions of fellow moms, take classes, and soak in anything and everything related to motherhood. You immerse yourself in the topic. No matter how much or little you soak in, after that new bundle arrives, the preparation shapes you. It’s new, exciting, scary, rewarding, and all sorts of emotions wrapped and intertwined.

The same is true for every new thing you try. It means everything and nothing all at the same time. With the many hats you wear as a partner, mother, sister, friend, breadwinner, ____ (fill in the blank), you are constantly changing, expanding, and growing.

Don’t be Afraid

Here are six reasons you should try something new, according to an article by Bustle:

1. You Don’t Want to Live with Regrets

Yes! If you know me well, I live by this motto.

2. You Never Know What You Might Discover

As the saying goes … you don’t know what you don’t know. Being optimistic is always a good thing.

3. You Will Gain Self-Confidence

This is an important aspect of who you are, yet you struggle to find it. Your level of self-confidence can show in behavior, how you speak, body language, and how you engage with others. Building self-confidence takes time. Be patient with yourself.

4. You’ll Be More Interesting

The more things you try, the more you’ll know. Your conversations will have breadth and depth.

5. You Only Live Once: YOLO

Ask yourself “why not?” There’s only room for gains, so you may as well give it a go.

6. Letting Fear Conquer You Will Accomplish Nothing

The words “I can’t” don’t belong in your vocabulary. Remove them, and you’ll open up potential left and right.

Fear is a Liar

I love this quote from Brian Tracy, “You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new”. Can you relate? I’ve so been there. I actually enjoy doing things that make my palms sweat, put my stomach into knots, and quiver when I speak. It hasn’t always been that way, though. I fell into the trap of letting the fear of not being enough (I’ll save that for another blog post) get in my way for many, many years. It paralyzed me. It wasn’t until I decided to face my fears head-on that I realized I am capable, and the lies I chose to believe were just that. Lies. Personal development requires those moments of hitting rock bottom because without them, you’d have no comparison or benchmark. It’s an essential piece of your growth.

Make “You” A New Habit with a Peer Group

Research shows numerous benefits of trying new things. Whether it’s a new food, sky diving, shampoo, leadership class, social media platform, or exercise program, trying new things helps you on so many fronts. Making “you” a habit takes discipline. It requires vulnerability, pushing past the stigmas you’ve placed on yourself, and commitment. 

In terms of your professional life, leadership training and development depends on, well, you. Really. It’s that simple. If you want to grow and be and do, you need a sounding board. A support system, a network of like-minded ladies who value success, have your back, and will get behind you.

We have something for just that. They’re called peer groups. It’s the perfect space for you to be you and grow into your full potential. Endless opportunities live past your comfort zones. Go meet them.

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