We all know the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” No man or woman is an island, right? We are all in this together. It is only through the support of a community that anything truly gets accomplished. We have our school system, our spiritual communities, friends, family, caregivers, etc. that help to hold together all the aspects of our lives.
The same is true for a transformational author. You, as an author, need support from like-minded messengers in order to bring about your greatest transformation for yourself… and your readers. I truly believe that in order to be a better writer, you need to have the support of a community in three ways—from your peers, from a mentor, and as a teacher.
My clients (my Tribe, as they are referred to) are lucky in that they get all three through my programs. As I mentioned last week, my MasterHeart graduates gathered with me at a retreat in Maryland. Here they could talk to other writers who were in the same boat they are, get feedback on their writing, give feedback to others, and get support from me.
These in-person gatherings are so critical, not only in the development of a person’s writing skills, but mostly just to have this feeling of community. For a lot of my clients, it’s the only place they truly get that sense of belonging. It’s where we can come together and hug each other, lean on each other, and just BE together. The power of this circle of trust can be felt….it’s palpable.
Part of becoming a good writer and getting that story out of your heart and onto a page, is being a good teacher to others. Giving feedback to a fellow author, not only helps one develop their own writing skills, but allows you both to feel connected and like what’s being said is important. When you are listening, reading, reviewing and providing feedback to others, you are more able to discern what’s working (and what’s not) and in turn incorporate that into your personal work.
As they say, “There is strength in numbers”. The powerful shifts that can happen when you get support from your peers and from a coach or a mentor, is simply immeasurable. (I can attest to that personally from the amazing coaches and mentors I work with on a regular basis, and the peer groups I’m involved with!)
The same is true even for the most trusted and respected professionals in the business. Take my Transformational Author Experience for example, which is coming up next month! The only way I could do what I do and have the impact I have is to be mentored, supported and have a “village” helping to raise this TAE “baby”.
Lisa Nichols, Marcia Wieder, Wendy Keller, Bill Baren, Brian Whetten, Chris Atwood—-just to name a few. All of these people are experts in some aspect of author and messenger success. When they all agreed to support me, they are helping me better support you.
I say this to remind you that it truly does take a village – and I am so happy that you are a part of mine. I love supporting authors and messengers to go for their dreams, and get their message out to the world.
So, I’m curious, other than receiving my articles, or being in any of my programs, where do you find the depth of support you need to write your book and share your message? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!