How to continue to build powerful connections even as you try to juggle your crazy life

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Hello, my friend, it’s Adrian. And I want to talk to you today about something that I think goes through the back of all of our heads, it certainly goes to the back of mine sometimes, which is that— I will say, on one hand, I know how important it is for me to build powerful connections. I know that relationships are important and yet at the same time, it’s so easy to feel like there’s just a million things going on in my life: I have three young kids. I’m a dad, I’m a husband, I’m trying to start a company… I’m trying to do all of these things. And I’ll tell you, even as the founder of a company, that’s all about connections, right? It’s so easy at times to be in that category of feeling like the cobbler’s son that has no shoes, right? That I know I’m supposed to connect, but how am I going to have time to do that?

I just got off a podcast with a guy named Dusty DeGroff, really neat guy. He’s got a new podcast that is focused specifically on talking to men, talking to dads about how to be intentional as a dad and as a husband, if you’re married or as a working person. It’s one thing to do this as a data, you know, to the moms out there, I feel like you juggle even more crazy balls and have to keep up so many more things often than we men do. But I think a lot of times, we men don’t even talk about it. So it was a really powerful conversation. And here’s the thing that I I’m thinking about just after getting off recording this podcast, it’s that we know it’s important, but if we don’t do things that actually fill our cup as we are connecting with others, then it’s going to be hard to make it a sustainable activity. It’s going to be hard to make it happen. One of the things that I want to share with you is figuring out how to do that in a way that instead of being yet one more thing to do, one more thing I have to squeeze in during the day, that it actually becomes part of what gives me my sanity. I think that is really important. So a couple of things that we talked about today that maybe you can think about how to apply to your life is how do you weave connection into things that you want to do, that you enjoy doing, so that it actually becomes something that you’re working on carving out the time for.

So, you know, could you go in, you know, instead of doing a workout at the gym, by yourself, with your headphones on, could you go invite a friend to go for a walk or for a run with you and use that as an opportunity to have a conversation? Or can you create community inside of your fitness regimen in some way that allows you to have connection, be part of what you’re doing? Can you become part of an organization where you’re actually getting filled up even as you’re connecting. I think these are the sort of things where it’s like, instead of it being a sort of siloed task, that’s just one more thing that we have to do. How can we instead live a more integrated life where we are tapping into a life that is enriched in every way, by the connections that we’re creating and those connections can serve our business. And those connections can allow us to offer more to others and we can manage to have that fit inside of our life, right? If you’re a parent, you know, instead of just, dropping the kids off and, standing on the sideline of the soccer field or whatever, looking at your phone— that’s a group of people that you could really benefit from connecting with. And that maybe there is somebody that you need to meet that is just standing there, bored or whatever, themselves. And so all of these, just thinking about connection as a thread that runs through every area of our life is something that’s really powerful. And social media is great. I love social media. We’re on social media right now, but I think sometimes social media contributes to this sort of like “okay, well, like I do this thing over here in my life, but my real life is over here” or whatever it is.

So in that vein, I actually want to invite you to something that we did on Thursday. So we did a free webinar on Seven Ways that you can Build a Powerful Network Outside of Social Media. Like I said, social media is great. It ain’t going anywhere. It’s a big part of what we do, but it is definitely not the only way. And I think in some ways, some of the offline things that we can do, or even they’re online, but they’re not social media, some of those other ways of connecting with people can be more life-giving because they can offer maybe a deeper opportunity to connect and we can fit them alongside of our life. So if you would be interested in checking out the webinar, you can get a replay for free. So we’ll send that out afterward. You can just register on the same link, but if you drop “webinar” in the comments, we’ll actually send you a message that will take you where you need to go to get registered for that webinar. And I just would invite you to come in and check it out with us, because I think that we’re all trying the best we can. We all have so many things that are pulling at us and tugging at us and dragging us over here and trying to help us, trying to get what they need from us. And that’s just the reality of the life that we live in.

Especially if you’re a parent, especially if you’re somebody that has others who rely on you in whatever capacity, but we want to help you to live that sort of integrated life, where you’re able to be connecting and experiencing the power and the joy and the goodness that can can come to you from connecting across your life and not just sort of reserving that only to be done on social media, which I think is necessary but not sufficient, and is not going to have you feeling really plugged in long-term. So I want to invite you to come check that out. Just drop “webinar” in the comment, we’ll get you on there. It was a ton of fun, and we always have some special surprises on there, and this time was be no different.

So make sure you grab your spot. No worries. If you can’t make it liable, we’ll get you the replay. So drop “webinar” in the comments and do me one more favor: If there’s somebody who needs to see this tag them on here or share this, we’d to just help as many people as possible. That’s what we’re, that’s what we’re all about. That’s what our heart is. So thank you so much for being here. You’re amazing love seeing some friends here and looking forward to seeing you all, so see you soon. Bye.