TRIBE. A term that’s come into fashion over the last couple of years in the world of spiritual and self-development, particularly among women. My understanding of the term ‘tribe’ as all those people around you who ‘have your back’. Bigger than a family but perhaps smaller than an entire community. In fact your ‘tribe’ can include both members of your family and members from a variety of different communities.
The importance of surrounding yourself with the right people
We’ve all heard about the importance of surrounding yourself with the ‘right’ people before. But what does that actually mean?
This is a topic we’re really passionate about because it really can make all the difference in your mindset, work, health and wellbeing. Having the support of people around you on a daily basis is important. Where it really makes the biggest difference is when you’re dealing with some of life’s challenges / stepping out of your comfort zone and really don’t need the ‘sensible’ lot around you – you know, the ones who actively discourage you because its not something they would do!
Most of the time its been the people around us who’ve kept us going when we want to quit or give up on something. An idea, a dream, a goal. Have those people around you – the ones who relate to you as a BIGGER human being. The ones who are around to celebrate AND stick around when s*** hits the fan. So how do you identify the people you want to be around?
What are those FOUR things?
- Those you resonate with, whether that be due to having common interests, opinions or beliefs. Most of us are surrounded by these people. They’re the ones who are easy to get along with. There are few arguments or conflict. Beware the pitfalls of ONLY surrounding yourself with these people however – you could easily end up in a little bubble, lose touch with reality (two words: London + Brexit), or get a little bit too comfortable and not do the things that are going to benefit you long term
- Those who initially trigger or annoy you. ‘I made it my mission to get to know these people over the last 2 years and some have turned out to be my closest friends or clients today!’ says Liv. Here’s the thing about those people – often they annoy you because they’re being a mirror, reflecting the parts of you back that you either don’t like or haven’t yet accepted about yourself. Or, even would like to be more of! For example, ‘the loud annoying one who always shouts out’. On reflection, it may just be because we wish we could be that expressed / vocal, brave and not care what anyone else thinks of us. Make sense?
- Those who inspire you & make you want to uplevel in some way / do new things / get out of your comfort zone. These could be people doing something similar to you and are just a few steps ahead or people doing something completely different but have peaked your interest in some way, e.g. shared something on social media.
- Those who believe in you no matter what and refuse to entertain your BS and excuses when you say words like ‘can’t’, ‘don’t know’, ‘try’ and ‘should’. These could be close family or friends.
This is by no means an exclusive or exhaustive list.
A few additional pieces of wisdom:
- Don’t be stuck on only one group of people. I’ve created multiple groups around me – from school, uni, dance, fitness, coaching, personal development, spiritual events and other common interest groups – in person and online
- Get social. Take up a new hobby, or if a ‘lack of time’ is one of your things then just start speaking to people you already come across on a daily basis, e.g. in a gym changing room – I’ve had some of the best post-workout conversations there. At the very least start going through your friend list and check in on people you haven’t had contact with in a while. See what they’re up to. If its anything interesting, perhaps suggest a coffee/catch up
- Distance yourself from those who drain you energetically. We all know those people. That’s not to say don’t be generous or attempt to make a difference to them. They just don’t need to be the people you spend the majority of your time with!
- Share and let people know where you’re at. It may just be that you need some extra processing time. So just say that and they’ll check in at a later date. Don’t just drop off the face of the Earth. People worry. Also, research has shown that isolation is detrimental to mental health – more on that in a future post!
- You’re never being a burden. People love to help. People love the opportunity to make a difference to others where they can. Give someone the gift of contributing to you. It’s what makes human beings so great!