C is for Create Meaningful Connections The C this week stands for creating meaningful connections. Sometimes, we’re so busy on social media, we feel like we have 5,000 friends. In reality, we might not even have two or three who we make time for to develop meaningful connections. Often, I’ll meet a person who will tell me they used to have good friends in high school or college or at an old job. Then, they continue on about how they had kids and life got busy, so they don’t connect with those friends as often as they did in the past. I want to encourage you to go back to that time. Yes, sometimes life is busy, and we can’t meet with our connections all the time. However, even if you plan something for a year from now, next quarter, or even next month, it allows you to look forward to that meaningful connection and those relationships that really matter. If we have that, then we’re going to feel more secure, more confident, and more connected to the world around us. We’re not going to feel so alone behind a screen, talking through social media, with numbers, not individuals. A meaningful connection is where we look someone in the eye. We know their stories, and they know ours with no judgment, but rather just a good listening ear. If needed, they may even provide some sound advice. I hope you have meaningful connections in your life. If you don’t yet, then I encourage you to take the time to make them or to go back to them if you had them in your past. Connections helps us eliminate our excuses and believe in ourselves. They give us someone else to walk alongside of us who believes in us. They make all the difference when we eliminate our excuses and make meaningful connections. This week, I hope I’ve encouraged you to work on eliminating your excuses, so you can focus on living an extraordinary life. We need community, we are created for community, I love my NSA – National Speakers Association community. As a Speaker we often work alone when we are not on the stage. I love to laugh, learn, connect and even be challenged by my speaker friends to always be my best and give my best.