If you want to raise yourself up – lift up others.

I honestly think that this is the single most powerful thing that anyone can do.

Lately I have read a few “self-help” books about the power of positivity and the need to surround yourself with people who not only support your goals, but also tirelessly cheer you on. 

The new buzzword for this group of people, usually other women and moms, is “your tribe.”

And, apparently we should all be tribeswomen in some form or another. Lift Up

Does that mean I need face paint and peace pipe??? Because, I have concealer and wine, and that will have to do. 

But really, the idea of having a tribe is not new or a fad. It’s the idea that you should surround yourself with people who love you and support you. And the members of your tribe should want to lift you up and see you achieve whatever goal you have set for yourself. 

This sounds great – right?

But what if you are without a tribe? Well – all you need to do is start lifting up others.

If you are looking to better yourself, move closer to your goals, advance your career or just feel better in general – start lifting up others. You will be shocked by the support that comes back to you in all number of forms, and suddenly, you have your tribe! 

Maybe it’s with just a kind word, or maybe it is something bigger; it doesn’t matter. Just that you took the time to think of someone else and sent your positive energy her way. 

I am a staunch believer in the idea that what you put out into the world is what will come back to you. I have seen it work hundreds of times, not only in my own life, but in others’ as well. So – of course, if you start to put out positive, uplifting energy, you will get that back. 

If you are pushing everyone up, eventually you will all be at the top together! 

Still skeptical? Well, I’m not the only one who believes this. 

In her book You Are a BadAss, Jen Sincero talks about the importance of surrounding yourself with positive and uplifting people. These people will energize you and help lift you towards your goals. (I would highly recommend this book!)

On the flip side, to illustrate the impact of negative and sour people, she uses crabs. 

I’ve never seen it, but apparently if you put a bunch of crabs in a bowl and sit back and watch, this is what you will see: As soon as one crab fights his way to the top and starts to climb to freedom, the other crabs will reach up and pull him back down. 

Misery loves company. 

Now, I don’t know if the other crabs are jealous or have a personal vendetta, or maybe another crab just wants to be first or has low self esteem, but does it matter? In the end, everyone loses. 

So, the last thing anyone wants is to be in a tribe full of crabs! 

Which brings us back to the importance of lifting each other up and finding a tribe with positive and supportive women. If you are all pushing together, you’ll get to the top twice as fast.

And if you aren’t sure where to start – start right where you are. Full Time Mom is full of great women and moms who’d love to cheer you on! Or start with a family member or friend. Start with a neighbor or start with a stranger.

Once you start, you will want to keep going because that positivity feels so good!

Love and Light – Emily

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