If you’re like me, you feel a little isolated while working on your big idea and growing your mission. And there are probably only a few people, if any, who really understand your vision and what you’re trying to achieve. Maybe you’re even still trying to figure that out for yourself. I’m with you!
Attending the Tribe Conference let me be around my kind of people- others who are stepping out in faith and using their gifts to make a difference in the world. It was definitely a soul-filling weekend. I’m still processing all the amazing advice and words of wisdom from the mouths of the speakers and other attendees!
Here are five of my favorite takeaways from the conference (and there were many):
1. Life is about moments.
Carlos Whittaker said in his talk, “Movement leads to moments. Moments lead to movements.” We need to take action and live on purpose. This includes, most importantly, being present for our families, or as Carrie Wilkerson referred to them, “shareholders.” They are likely the reason behind why we are pursuing whatever goals we have in the first place, so we have to value them while we’re building our dreams. Opportunities will come simply from “living our lives out loud,” Carlos encouraged.
2. Discover your “why.”
This was one of the biggest themes of the conference. Before starting anything, it is so important to identify what’s motivating us and what is the frustration that is driving us to action. Shawn Coyne had this to say:
When you run away from your questions, you’re running away from what you’re destined to do.
Yeah, pretty powerful! And so true. When we explore what truly bothers us, we can begin to focus on solving that problem. Emily Freeman labeled the combination of Frustration (fuel) + Passion (fire) + Hope (oxygen) as the “Fire Triangle.” This is where she says the “sweet spot” of uncovering our voice and making a difference is found!
3. Consistency is vital.
This was the another hot topic of conversation among speakers. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but consistency builds trust. Consistency leads to creating better content. Trust me, it was drilled into my head!
Be present. Keep showing up. -Jeff Goins
4. Creativity isn’t comfortable.
For all of you Steven Pressfield fans, you’ve heard of the term “resistance.” Shawn Coyne further explained this as, “The thing that you are avoiding the most, is the thing that you need to pay attention to the most.” This tension is something that every creative person faces and it’s probably one of the top reasons it can be so hard to be consistent at times and, also, why it’s so important to be consistent. Tim Grahl and Shawn both shared some priceless insights about this topic during their deeply authentic on-stage interview. It was one of the highlights of the entire conference, in my opinion.
When you’re learning and trying new things, you are always “at the end of your current knowledge,” as Tim put it. He goes on to say, “If you’re feeling good all the time about your creativity, you’re doing it wrong.” Shawn added, “Creation comes out of a difficult struggle.”
So, in summary, if you’re frustrated and avoiding something, it’s normal! Keep choosing to face it and move forward.
5. Relationships are key to success.
Whether you are nurturing a relationship with a child, helping a customer, or networking with an influencer, it’s how you interact with people that matters. Are you being helpful? Are you valuing the other person’s time? Are you being loving and trying to make a difference so that others may live better? Be generous! (I’m talking to myself here!)
Thanks, Jeff Goins and team, for a great conference! I’ve already purchased my ticket for next year!
If this sounds like your kind of thing, I promise that you won’t be disappointed! Let me know if you plan to go, and hopefully next time there won’t be a gas shortage because Tennessee is in a state of emergency!
If you went to Tribe Conference, what was your most valuable takeaway?
Who else has gone to any amazing conferences this year? Where did you go?