An Open Letter to Center Directors Looking for Connection
If you’re struggling to find a connection as you go through the chaos of everyday life, trust me when I say – I’ve been there. Sometimes life and work can seem so overwhelming you just want to close yourself off from everything!
Next time you feel that way, I’m going to encourage you to reach out and CONNECT with somebody instead. Reach out to family, friends, a colleague – anyone who can lend an ear!
Not long ago, I was stuck in a rut of my own. I had so much going on in my head and I didn’t want to burden anyone else with my problems.
Remember, looking for a connection is NOT a burden to anyone. People want to help! Building community is what life is about. We are all in this journey together.
As a Center Director, you have SUCH an important job...but if you don’t have a community behind you, it can be easy to burnout.
There are so many easy ways to forge connections - both personal and professional. And once you make those connections, wow! The world will start to open in ways you’ve never known possible!
Always remember, you are NOT alone.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. There IS a community for you. You WILL find connections that make you feel encouraged and enlivened. But it is your job to REACH out and find your tribe.
Open your mind AND your ears.
When we don’t have a community to fall back on, it can be easy to get stuck inside our own heads. But listen to those around you – who are they connecting with and HOW are they connecting? Make note and start to implement what others are doing to build their communities and you’ll soon find yours!
Community builds change.
Nothing great was ever achieved alone. You may think you’ve got everything and everyone you need but always be open to new ideas, perspectives, and people! Having a strong community will ultimately lead to positive change!
Share your connections!
Once you’ve forged a connection with someone, share it! Keep building on this to ultimately grow your community. You never know who you’ll meet and what someone can teach you.
When you connect with others, you’ll create compelling communities that others will want to join. Be a part of that change - don’t be afraid of it!