True friends can be far and few between, especially when we’re looking for supportive friendships to help us on the path to reach our goals. If only true friends could pop into your life at the snap of your fingers! Typically, it’s not always that simple though. We’ve put together some tips and tricks to feel more comfortable in the search for supportive friendships. Scroll below to read!
Many individuals have the luxury of having the same BFFs from birth, but it’s not always the case. We’ve all most likely moved cities, gone through hardships, or grew apart from people over the years. Without a great group of friends, we naturally tend to hold ourselves back and possibly even feel lonely. Here are some motivating tips to help you get a step closer to building long-lasting friendships with new people.
Start with yourself: First, do something you love! If you like group workouts, try a new workout class! If you like crafting, join a neighborhood craft club! Next, reach out to people doing the same thing and spark up a conversation. It's likely that people who are introduced in the same activities as you are working towards similar goals. Be bold and ask them if they frequent the place, then keep the ball rolling. If it doesn't work out, you still did the activity for yourself at the end of the day.
Meet a friend-of-a-friend: Networking is a great way to make life more interesting. An easy way to familiarize yourself with new people is to simply invite old friends to come to a local event with you and have them bring their friends. Finding yourself with people you’re comfortable with who have a circle of people they love is a great way to open up yourself to more conversation and deeper connections.
Attend an Event SOLO: That's right! We said by YOURSELF! The best way to build support around you is to connect with people who have something in common. Whether you're attending a business conference with fellow entrepreneurs or a conference with other women who are passionate about goal-setting, you can create friendships that could end up motivating you even more.
When it comes down to it, be bold, put yourself out there, and don’t be afraid to be yourself! The most beautiful friendships evolve naturally, so don’t be afraid to be yourself and keep an open heart to everyone. Many people are looking for the same connections you are, so initiate and try again if it doesn’t work out the first time. The positive energy you put out into the world is what can lead to healthy, supportive friendships!