Recently my long time friend Jai Waters and I released a book on how to affect positive change in your life. It’s called MORE LEMON: How to transition to a life with more Zest and details can be found on our site.
In the book we talk about the importance of having a support team around when you undergo major change – a change of job, a major or minor life change, a relationship change, a change of direction. Your support team is made up of trusted family and friends who wish to see you succeed in whatever you do. Those who will stand by you as you face challenges, provide regular reality checks and morale boosts, and of course celebrate your wins.
On my support team is my great friend Reed Everingham, a therapist based in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Reed was also a beta reader for our book providing valuable feedback that enabled us to iron out doubts we had about some of our chapters and strengthen the overall impact of the book. He has also written about the experience and the book on his blog, which can be found on his site.
Our support team of beta readers was important as it enabled us to gauge whether the book was “working” in the way we wanted it to, if people could fully relate to it and importantly would want to read it. Our wider support team supported and nurtured us in other ways – cooking lovely food and sharing meals where we discussed ideas, making suggestions for inclusion in the book, keeping us stimulated by talking about events occurring outside our creative cocoon, taking us off to the movies, making us laugh to keep our sense of humour in place. The list goes on. They kept us connected to the bigger world as we immersed ourselves in our writing and creative processes.
As we say in the book “change does not occur in isolation” and all those close to you are impacted by whatever is occurring for you. Creating is the same – we are all stimulated by the world in which we live, the people who surround us. Invite your trusted friends and family to be a part of your creative and change activities as a support team. They’ll value the invite and you’ll value their support. Win-win.
Who will you welcome onto your support team?
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