Ah, support. Where would we be without it? Likely somewhere sad, overworked, and unsure of ourselves.
A network of support helps you stay motivated; there’s security in knowing that someone has your back, which can help you plow through those goals on your vision board without worry or doubt.
Finding success without support is damn. near. impossible, especially if you’re an entrepreneur who relies heavily on support. However, even with this being common knowledge, the word on the streets is that people don’t receive enough support from those around them, which makes the goal-achieving process lonely and overwhelming. Lack of support causes people to lose focus and get deterred by their own self-doubt.
I know that financial support isn’t always in the cards, so I came up with 5 ways to support a loved one that doesn’t cost a DIME and will still make them feel loved, appreciated, and cared for.
1. Social Media
Today, social media is the bread and butter of branding. It’s the best free way to market, brand, and expand your network. If you want to help your loved ones strive, big them up on social media. It’s not enough to follow them; you have to be interactive. If they post something, don’t just leave them hanging: drop in and show some love! Leave comments on their FB pages, reply to their stories, retweet their flyers, and if they make a post about something they have going on: spam that shit!
Being interactive on social media is a simple way to support that often gets overlooked. Something as effortless as sharing a post is a great way to help with things like exposure while helping your friend (or relative) feel seen. If your loved one is an entrepreneur, having their content seen by the right person could change their lives and impact the future success of their business.
No, not praise. Not constant validation. Feedback. The difference is one is authentic, and the other is just ass-kissing. If your friend is on the path to pursuing their dreams, they will need someone who’s not afraid to give their unbiased opinions. Although hearing that everything they do is “fire” will stroke their ego, it isn’t conducive to their growth.
If they’re a musician and ask you to listen to a new song, that’s your chance to give your honest opinion. Telling them where they’re going wrong opens their eyes to new perspectives and will allow them to correct anything they may be doing wrong before it goes public. We wouldn’t want our loved ones to suffer the wrath of *internet trolls or negative reviews.
*Sounds terrifying right!? See? That’s why we should be honest 🙂
One REALLY simple way to support a loved one is to ask them how they’re doing. Checking in with someone’s progress is a great way to show them that you’re taking them seriously. This one simple gesture will mean so much. With everyone being so caught up in their own lives, it’s possible that no one is checking in with them to see how they’re doing. By being the one to provide them with the space to talk about their endeavors, you’re helping them stay motivated.
For example, many dream chasers say they aren’t taken seriously at first; either what they’re working on is ignored, or it’s treated as a hobby. Imagine how much further someone could get if they felt like someone had faith in what they were doing? That spark of hope could mean so much. Additionally, checking in with your loved ones is a great way to help them stay responsible: experts say that because you don’t want to look bad in front of other people, talking about it keeps you committed.
Think about the moment your favorite brand or artist drops exciting news: isn’t your first instinct to share it with your friends? Don’t underestimate the power of putting people on! If your friend is pursuing a dream, sharing things like news, event dates, and new releases is a great way to help your loved ones expand their reach. Good news travels fast, and if it excites the right person, there’s no limit to the depths it could go.
Every best-selling business you know reaches a mass audience swiftly and organically, mainly because of loyal fans who urgently share their news with other people. Just taking the time to help spread awareness gives them a fighting chance against bigger competition who have the advantage of a bigger platform and a larger fan base.
5. Offer Help
Maybe you’re not able to offer them help financially, but it’s possible you can help them out in a smaller, simpler way that could also be helpful to their goals. Offering to help your loved ones can relieve them of duties that they may be too busy to handle and could help them achieve goals or reach deadlines faster.
If they’re a fashion designer who’s run out of space for merch at home, you could offer to hold some of their stock. If they’re a vendor who’s planning to sell at a local con, you can volunteer to help them at their booth. Alleviating your loved ones from minor tasks and duties is a thoughtful, selfless way to help them achieve dreams that are free to you and invaluable to them.
There’s comfort in knowing that someone has your back. Knowing that you have people in your corner who have faith in you and what you’re doing can do WONDERS for productivity and self-esteem 🙂 If you know someone who’s pursuing a dream, try lending your support in one of these 5 invaluable ways. Trust me, it makes a world of difference.
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