A sense of belonging
Humans are social creatures, we have an inherent need to belong, to feel part of a group and to be accepted by that group for who we really are. This helps to support a sense of belonging.
Studies show that even a simple relationship between people sharing a birthday or being assigned randomly to a group is enough to increase feelings of warmth and motivation and in a very strong community, there is always someone doing something amazing which can inspire you to go harder and achieve bigger goals.
Being a lawyer or a professional person is in itself a group – you feel you have achieved a lot to gain this title and the title gives you a sense of belonging.
The Cashroom Ltd participates in many groups in the legal industry. Calico is a unique collaboration founded by software and service suppliers to law firms – who wouldn’t want to be part of a unique collaboration, it just sounds cool!
In a group, there are shared lessons which are so valuable. Rather than you having to learn from a mistake or success, you can reach out to your community and ask if anyone has any experience that could be valuable to your situation.
Another benefit of being in a group is FUN! Being social animals we like to enjoy ourselves and being part of a community always involves social aspects where we can have fun.
Did you also ever think that being part of a group or community could also help your health?! It is well established that people who feel socially isolated have worse mental health than those who feel socially connected. Previous research has shown that connecting with others is as good for you as quitting smoking or doing exercise – it aids in the recovery from physical and mental illness and provides resilience for stressful life events and transitions. In a world where stress and our mental loads are constantly under pressure, anything that can help us should at least be considered.
However being part of a group isn’t just about mere contact making you feel good it is about a feeling of belonging. You feel you belong to a group; that you trust others and they trust you in a shared purpose and group members can rely on each other. Having access to a bigger audience can only be a good thing but to get the maximum benefits you need to proactively engage in the process, you can’t just expect to receive the benefits without putting in the work. You can develop your own personal business skills from peers, being open to new ideas and ways of doing things is a way to do this. Yes, you will learn a lot yourself in business or running your own business but believe me you will learn so much more from being part of a group.
Emma O’Day at The Cashroom Ltd