It’s not just a catch phrase but more of a representation of how we go about honoring our value, work, and successes on a daily basis. Finding your tribe basically means locating and connecting with a group of individuals who share similar interests, values, while also accepting who you are, life experiences and all. Within the workplace, it’s a group of like-minded souls who desire the same things out of your work-life that you do, with a similar mindset, while also providing you with unconditional acceptance, accountability, and support.
Finding your tribe is not always easy and sometimes it doesn’t magically happen in ways that we might think. Depends on the situation and the players, the first step is being vulnerable and positioning yourself to others in an authentic and genuine manner. In order to attract those like minds, you must present your true self in order for others to see what you are all about. Easier said than done, but is it really? Get to know your colleagues and find out more about who they are and what motivates them in their roles. Speak up in meetings, take strategic risks in projects, and share your thoughts and perspective in conversations, etc. Apply your situational awareness to guide you along this journey of discovering yourself and others and you might just find your tribe sooner rather than later. What I am suggesting is not easy, nor is it a comfortable path, but the rewards are priceless once you connect with your group and build your connections.
Having just returned from a dynamic work event, I took much needed time to reflect upon the week’s events and enjoyed my memories of laughter, connecting with others (both in a group and as individuals) as well as took pause to appreciate how precious life can be. As always with this group, I reflected back to inside jokes, special memories, and just the pure joy of being in each other’s company and the collective work that we are all doing in order to support each other and our students.
All of this to share that in order to be successful, one cannot do it alone. For all of the work we put forth with our intellect and minds, our heart and soul also need the experience of being connected and bonded with others as a means of truly experiencing all that life has to offer. We don’t just bring our minds to work, it’s a collective package and all aspects should be engaged and contented with our efforts. Simply stated, when we are fully invested, our work is always elevated to an enhanced level and the satisfaction of working with those you value and adore, simply makes the experience all the richer.
Wishing you all the best!
And if you need help, let me know 🙂