This past weekend kicked off the start of Holi, a Hindu spring festival that marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It’s also a time of celebration and forgiveness, of thanksgiving and laughter…and a time to mend broken relationships.
I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about my own personal growth and development recently, made all the more prominent by relationships I’ve been forming and cultivating.
Holi is a time of new beginnings, and I’ve started to reaffirm my focus on growing as an individual. I’ve realized that developing relationships is a key part of bettering myself in spite of my inner introvert.
You’ve often got to push yourself out of your comfort zone in the business world, as my friend Rachel Barnett has shown me. Rachel is a master of networking and is quite persistent with her requests for me to join her at local networking meetups.
Though my introversion left me resistant to attending, Rachel practically dragged me to an event. Soon after, I realized that my personal growth—overcoming my own dread of attending a networking event—equated to business growth.
I’ve even begun attending local BNI events where attendees are required to stand up and speak about our businesses. Public speaking isn’t my forte, but it’s a valuable skill to develop. The more I speak, the more comfortable I become with it—and it’s had a positive impact on my business, too. Through small-scale group networking, I’ve had multiple one-on-one meetings with new clients and interested leads.
I’m a firm believer that everything in life is connected. This belief is the meaning behind my “infinity” tattoo. In life, sometimes all it takes is one domino crashing into the next to begin a reaction.
Opening myself up to be more receptive to personal growth and pushing past my boundaries has opened up new doors of opportunity for me. I feel a sense of kinship with those currently celebrating Holi. As revelers build relationships and celebrate renewal, I, too, celebrate the first steps to a new path full of meaningful relationships and personal growth.
Life begins once you step out of your comfort zone.