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Grow and Learn In Community

Hopefully no one noticed I was gone several days last week due to the wonders of technology and auto posting! The blog went on while I learned about how to improve some other aspects of the business. I went to a several day event and had some great breakthroughs! Today I want to focus on the importance of moving forward as we grow and learn in community.

I went to this event because many of the people who have helped me get this business started were attending. It’s a community of people who want to help others run successful small businesses and be better prepared for life no matter what happens. Admittedly, if I had implemented their advice to begin with, I probably would have gotten Off Kilter Brownies started long before I did!

Two people in particular have listened to and answered my questions for over two years now. Many times it was the same question in different ways over and over again, and I’ve never really taken action on them. None the less they have continued to engage with me until I got the courage to make it happen!

My Next Steps

Things have been going well with the business, but I have felt at a road block for the last couple months. I have not been sure if we needed to change or add things or just to continue pushing forward and be patient.

I was super excited to go to this event because I knew I would be able to get some answers from others who are running successful businesses. Ironically, the answer I received  was something I’ve been told before I needed to work on. Yet this time, in person and with these people, it finally clicked. In short, the thing I needed to work on was communicating our story to others and not focusing it so much on ourselves but how we can help others. As I got the opportunity to grow and learn in community, I got the inspiration to finally move forward.

As I said, this was not the first time I’ve heard this. Even though Nicole (from Holler Roast Coffee) has repeatedly talked with me about this, she knew that working together in person would either help move things forward in my head or show that I totally wasn’t ready. She took the time to craft sessions that everyone needed to hear, but specifically made sure I got the help I needed.

Why did it matter this time?

On the one hand, I don’t know why I finally got it through my head this time. A large part of it was that I was in person. I heard the same things again, but it also enabled me to practice them right away with others, and thus allowed me to move to the next level.

The internet is amazing; it enables us to buy and sell with people who are thousands of miles away and to have community with others who it’s possible you will never meet, but having the face to face interaction is still extremely important.

Whether it’s gardening, or painting, refurbishing cars, or just making friends, having the chance to meet people in person and talk through struggles makes things way more real. It also pushes us out of our bubble. When we are on the internet it is much easier to say “oh yea, that’s a great idea!” but never do it because there is no real accountability. When you are face to face with someone there is a certain amount of natural pressure. Positive peer pressure from a caring community is a huge aid in personal growth! Public accountability can be a highly useful tool to cause us to take action.

What does that mean for you?

Firstly, I hope this will help us build an Off Kilter Brownies that can serve your needs even better.

Secondly, I encourage you to take the time to find your community so that you can grow and learn in community, also. Online communities are a good place to start, but be sure to find time in person, also. Sometimes we can meet with online communities in person. Other times, we just need to find a physical in-person community on its own. Not just to benefit you, but for the mutual benefit of all. We should always be learning from someone and teaching someone!

Thirdly, get out of your comfort zone! If you see a great idea or hear of something that might be helpful to you – “Just Do It”! When most of our interactions are online, we can mentally agree with an idea without actually acting on it. Pick one thing this week that you want to work on and take one step toward that goal. Don’t let life pass you by because you were too lazy or scared to take action steps. One step at a time, and you will get there! And even if you never get to your original goal, you will be sure to learn, grow, and improve along the way. If you don’t ever have time for personal growth, then head back to our post on “white space” in our lives!

Make it a tasty day,

Chris

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