It’s been awhile since I gave you an honest update on my life, my career, and business. Why? It’s been a crazy year full of ups, downs and changing directions. But, I finally feel back on track 8 months into the year! Sometimes life and my business gets so busy that I forget about the one thing that started this whole thing in the beginning almost four years ago….writing my heart out on this little blog.
It’s also time to practice what I preach. If you have been reading for awhile, you know that in 2011 I started a networking challenge where I met with four people I didn’t know and four people I did know every month. It kicked my butt (as an introvert!) and pushed me forward to my goals and dreams and helped me figure out my career direction. Now, I teach my clients how to do their own networking challenges in order to get into careers they love.
The Networking Challenge is Back!
But I have to admit, I have been terrible about keeping my own networking challenge up. There are so many reasons why. I am too busy. I don’t want to talk about my personal life and challenges. I don’t have a clear direction where I am going. I don’t know where to start.
We each have our networking barriers blocking us from getting out of our comfort zones and I have had a lot of those barriers this year. But, I am again in the same spot as I was in 2011 where I know that networking is the ONLY way that I am ever going to reach my dreams and goals. I am an introvert and networking is not natural for me, so I have to really force myself to go to a networking event. But, I will tell you that I am ALWAYS so glad that I am there once I get there.
So with that, the networking challenge is back! It’s already August 15th but I am still planning my networking challenge for this month. I am meeting with 4 people I already know and 4 people I don’t already know this month (networking events count!) I have my list all set to go and I challenge you to create your list of 1, 2, 3 or 4 people you want to meet with by the end of this month NOW.
Here’s who I am meeting with:
Four People I Don’t Know:
Connected Women of Influence Networking Event
A woman who has successfully started her own networking events in San Diego
A female entrepreneur I admire
Co-Founder of MBA Women International in San Diego
Four People I Do Know:
Friend from church
Friend from my MBA program