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This is it! The final episode of our 5-part podcast miniseries, Finding Community.

If you’ve been following along, you know the incredible role a positive, uplifting community can play in your life. It can keep you on track, get you unstuck, make achieving your goals only a matter of time.

But that’s just it: time. Who has time? We’re all busy, juggling a hundred different demands… and now we’re supposed to participate in a community, too?

Has Sean discovered a magical 25th hour you can add to your day? Well… no. But he can tell you how to prioritize what’s important.

Why you don’t have time for community

The reason Sean created this series is not only to teach you why finding a positive community is so important, it’s also to let you know about a great opportunity.

We’re incredibly proud of the Community Sean’s built at seanwes. The investment for annual seanwes membership increases on March 20th.

Now is the best time to join, get access to all of our courses and training, and lock in the current rate.

We always reward loyalty: when you join before the 20th, we grandfather you in for the duration of your membership.

If joining the seanwes Community is something you’ve been thinking about, now is the time! Click here to become a member.

Speaking of time…

You may well be thinking “I don’t have time to participate in a community.”

Frankly? You don’t have time.

You don’t HAVE time to do anything. You MAKE time to do what’s important.

This is true for all of us. We make time, but we only make time for what matters.

If you want all the benefits that come from engaging with a community, you have to decide that engagement is important. You will get out of a community as much as you put in.

This doesn’t mean you have to be someone special, that you have to contribute time and teach people, necessarily…

In great communities like the one we’ve got at seanwes, when you invest time you receive clarity.

The two-letter word that makes time

You want to make time for community, but you’ve got none to spare!

  • Your to-do list is ready to burst.
  • You’re feeling overwhelmed.
  • You have too much on your plate.
  • You’re caught up in the buzz of feeling “busy”.

It feels like we should be busy—after all, you’ve got great things to achieve! But what you are actually getting done? Where are you going?

Maybe instead of being busy, you want to be effective.

Make sure you’re actually headed in the right direction. That the things you’re doing now will get you results. That every step is a step closer to your goal.

You’ll never find time for community… until you make time.

And NO is the two-letter word that makes time.

What will you say no to, so that you can make time for community?

Remember that you’re going to get clarity as a result of this time investment. Decide: When will you engage in community?

Add time in community to your weekly cycle

We all live our lives in weekly cycles. We expect certain things to happen on certain days of the week. We’re all creatures of habit that way.

It helps when your community fits into your weekly cycle with regular activities. That way, you can plan exactly when you’ll participate.

In the seanwes Community, every Monday we stream our members-only show, Fired Up Mondays. This is your weekly office hours, where members can show up and:

  • Ask questions.
  • Get answers.
  • Get unstuck.
  • Find clarity.

Every Tuesday, we live-stream recording of the seanwes podcast. You might be used to the show coming out on Wednesday—we actually record them 8 days in advance!

The podcast is interactive inside the Community. Members not only get an exclusive pre-show and after-after-show, but we open up discussion an hour before the episode streams.

Our members’ questions and live commentary throughout the show is what drives each episode of the podcast.

These events create a consistent time and place for you to engage in community. You can put them on your calendar and plan to be there.

But take note:

If you’re only tuning in but not engaging in discussion, you’re missing out on a lot.

If you’re only engaging during the live show, but never logging in at other times… you’re missing out on even more.

You’re missing the opportunity to ask questions, participate in discussions, and gain clarity.

You have to decide for yourself that community is a priority, AND decide when you’re going to engage.

But if you just think, “I’ll get involved eventually…” eventually always ends up being never.

Prioritizing community has so many benefits

Why isn’t community a priority for you right now?

You probably haven’t reminded yourself of the benefits:

  • Feel a sense of connection.
  • See things from a new perspective.
  • Get help from someone with more experience.
  • Get unstuck and actually start taking action.
  • Make a friend.
  • Find an accountability partner.
  • Form a mastermind group.
  • Get key feedback about your business that completely changes your trajectory.
  • Learn about a helpful resource or tool that saves you 5 hours a week.

None of these things happen if you don’t engage in community.

It might seem like you don’t have time for something like community, but maybe the reason you feel so overwhelmed is because you lack clarity.

It feels like you don’t have time, but engaging in a community—asking questions, gaining clarity—is what’s going to help get you unstuck!

Imagine:

  • Stop spinning your wheels.
  • Work on the right things.
  • No more feeling overwhelmed and overloaded.
  • Have freedom… and guilt-free free time.
  • Stop rushing from one thing to the next.

This is all possible!

Now is the time to engage in community

Don’t wait until you have the perfect question, or a finished project. Start engaging in community before you feel ready.

Share the journey. Share your creative process. Get feedback the entire time. You won’t regret it!

Maybe you’ll find out you weren’t making the right product in the first place, and someone points you to the four-week Presale Profits class in the seanwes vault.

Now you can validate your product idea and get paid before you even make it.

Think about all the time you’ll save! When you invest time in community, you get that time back.

And that doesn’t even count the ideas and perspectives you’ll get that you would never have even considered on your own.

Joining a community is like joining a gym

A community is kind of like a gym membership: you get out what you put in.

You have to use your membership to get the benefit… and it’s not unusual to feel resistance to doing it.

Maybe you’ve been thinking of joining seanwes membership just to get access to all the courses, without having to spend thousands of dollars.

But it would also be cool to listen to the podcast stream live… and get access to that Fired Up Mondays members-only show.

Plus, you could ask questions and get clarity in the Community…

You’ve been thinking about all these benefits, but you still feel the resistance. After all, you don’t have time for the whole “community” thing.

Just like when you join a gym for your New Year’s resolution—you sign up for membership and think everything will take care of itself.

Now that you have that gym membership, you’ll finally exercise every day. And that first day, sure: you go, you’ve got your cool new workout clothes, your headphones in, everyone else is there… it’s awesome.

But on day two, you just don’t feel like going.

You tell yourself you don’t have time for the gym today… but you know that’s just an excuse. The fact is, fitness just isn’t a priority for you.

But the more you go, the better it feels.

At first it’s a little awkward. But after each workout, you feel a bit better about yourself.

Soon you start seeing results… and eventually, going to the gym is just something you do.

Joining a community is just the same. If you want the benefits, you have to keep showing up.

Whether in fitness or your creative ambitions, you’re either spiralling up… or spiralling down. Which one will you choose?

Of course, we’d prefer for you to spiral up!

The way to keep that upward trajectory is to stay plugged in to community.

When it comes to deciding what community to join…

Maybe it’s the seanwes Community. We hope so!

If you’re in any kind of creative field, it will be incredible for you. Whether you want to:

  • Launch products.
  • Sell services.
  • Teach what you know.

Everything is here—and the connections you make with your fellow members will be life-changing.

We hope you do go to seanwes.com/membership and join—we’d love to see you in the Community!

But whether you join our Community or not, get plugged in to a community. Find your people. Stay plugged in to those positive people who are going to encourage you, make sure you’re taking action, and achieve your potential.

You do have the potential for greatness. Pursue it!

This brings us to the end of our Finding Community series. Remember: the annual seanwes membership investment goes up permanently on March 20th.

And we don’t do discounts. Once the rate goes up, it never comes back down.

Lock in the current rate, and get grandfathered in for as long as you’re a member.

Episode Transcript

Note: This transcript of the episode was machine-generated and has not been edited for correctness. It’s provided for your convenience when searching. Please excuse any errors.

Sean: Hey, it’s Sean McCabe, and this is our final part of the finding community series. Today we’re talking about making time for community, and the reason I’m sharing this series with you is to generate awareness for the fact that the annual membership for Shawn West is going up permanently. The investment is going up permanently on March 20th so you can lock in the current rate.

[00:00:23] At  dot com slash membership get access to all of our courses and training our member. Only podcasts, the community you can lock in. The current rate we’re going to grandfather you in. We always reward loyalty at Sean West by going to  dot com slash membership again, that increases permanently on March 20th so if this is something you’ve been thinking about doing, you’ve been considering you’ve been wanting to become a member.

[00:00:47] Now is definitely the time. So speaking of time, making time for community, when are you going to have time for a community when he have time to engage? Well, you don’t, frankly, you don’t have time. That’s because you don’t have time. For anything. None of us have time. You have to make time. We make time for what’s important to us.

[00:01:10] So what is important to you? You have to decide that you are going to get out what you put in when it comes to community. The value you get, you’re going to get out what you put in. Now, I don’t mean you have to be someone special. You have to contribute. Value. You have to teach people. That’s not what I’m talking about.

[00:01:28] What I mean is when it comes to the community at Sean, Wes, when you invest time, what you get back in return is clarity. See, right now you feel like I don’t have time for a community. That’s just one more thing on my to do list. Well, maybe that to do list is a little overinflated. Maybe you’re feeling a little overwhelmed.

[00:01:49] Maybe you’ve got too much on your plate, too many things going on, and you’re just feeling busy. This buzz of busy-ness that you’re just hovering around like, what are you actually getting done? Where are you going? You’re kind of just buzzing around in circles, not really knowing what you’re doing, but Hey, at least you’re busy, but maybe you don’t want to be busy.

[00:02:08] Maybe you want to be effective. Maybe you want to make sure you’re going in the right direction. Maybe you want to make sure the things you’re doing right now are actually going to get you results and help you move one step closer to your goal. Well, you’re never going to find the time for community.

[00:02:26] You’re going to have to make the time and know is the two letter word that makes time and Oh, what will you say no to? So that you can make time for community. Remember. You’re going to get clarity as a result of this time investment. So decide when will you engage in community. It helps when the community you’re a part of has regular meetings, regular meetups, regular live streams, regular events.

[00:02:55] When it comes to our weekly routine, we have things we do on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. We’re creatures of habit. We have certain routines, and we live our lives in weekly cycles. Ideally, the community you’re a part of has things that fit into your weekly cycle. Things that repeat. On a weekly basis.

[00:03:16] So for instance, in the Sean West community on Mondays, we have fired up Mondays. That’s the member only podcast I’ve told you about that we kind of think of as our weekly office hours, a place for you to ask questions, get answers, and get unstuck, find clarity. On Tuesdays we live stream. The recording of the Sean was podcast, so you’re used to that coming out on Wednesdays.

[00:03:39] We actually record those eight days in advance on a Tuesday. So it’s interactive within the community. We live stream, we’ve got an exclusive pre show that only members get access to and an after after show that only members get access to. And we open up discussion for the episode an hour before we start streaming.

[00:04:00] So we’re getting questions, we’ve got discussion going, and then throughout the whole show there’s also live commentary going on. You can actually see. Dear the direction of the show in real time. And this is good because these events create a consistent time in place where you can plan to engage in community.

[00:04:20] You know this thing’s going to happen. And so it’s kind of an excuse for you to log in and engage. And for those of you who are already members tuning in to listen as good, but if you’re only listening and not engaging in discussion during the show. You’re missing out on a lot. Even if you are engaging in discussion during the show.

[00:04:41] What about the rest of the week? If you’re only logging in during the live streams, you’re also missing out cause you have an opportunity to plug in at any point to ask questions and get clarity again. When are you going to engage? It’s a decision you have to decide for yourself that community is a priority and then you need to decide when you’re going to engage.

[00:05:04] You need to know when otherwise eventually becomes never. Now, why isn’t community a priority for you right now? Likely it’s because you haven’t recently reminded yourself of a few things. So here’s some benefits of engaging in community. You feel a sense of connection. You see things from a new perspective.

[00:05:27] You get help from someone with more experience. You get unstuck and actually start taking action. You make a friend, you find an accountability partner. You form a mastermind group. You get some key feedback on your business. That completely changes your trajectory. You learn about a helpful resource or tool that saves you five hours per week.

[00:05:50] Remember, none of these things happen unless you engage in community. Now, the downsides of not engaging in community is you feel lonely. You continue to see things from one perspective. You don’t get help from someone with more experience. You stay stuck. You stay not taking action. You don’t make a new friend.

[00:06:13] You don’t find an accountability partner. You never form a mastermind group. You don’t get that key feedback that changes your trajectory. You don’t discover the tool or resource that would have saved you five hours per week. Community can seem like a thing that you don’t have time for. It’s already overflowing.

[00:06:30] You already have way too much and that makes sense, but consider that you may be feeling overwhelmed because you lack clarity and you’re spinning your wheels. So it feels like I don’t have time for community, but engaging in a community, going and asking those questions, getting insight is going to help you get unstuck.

[00:06:52] It’s going to give you clarity. It’s going to help you stop spinning your wheels so you can work on the right things and not feel overloaded, not feel overwhelmed. Instead have freedom and guilt free free time. Imagine that just time and space where you’re not rushing from one thing to the next. This is possible.

[00:07:14] I also want to say, don’t wait until you have a perfect question or a finished project. Okay. I made my product and a, here’s my landing page. Can you give me some feedback on the page? Well, Hey, instead, and this goes for existing members as well. Share the journey. Share the process along the way so you can get feedback the entire time.

[00:07:36] Maybe you weren’t making the right product in the first place. Maybe someone could have pointed you to the four week presale profits class in the vault. That would have helped you learn how to validate your product. Make sure you get paid ahead of time so you don’t end up wasting time creating something that nobody wants and you launched a crickets, but okay, that’s fine.

[00:07:56] Maybe you did that already. Maybe you are making the right product. But in what format are you delivering it? Maybe you want some feedback on the lighting and your videos for the course. You know, all along the way, the more you share, the more you invite others to participate and help you shape whatever it is that you’re doing to get clarity, to get new perspectives and ideas that you wouldn’t even have considered.

[00:08:21] For me, when I launched my first course, learn lettering, it was an idea. From a book I bought from Nathan Berry and a resulting conversation. That totally changed everything for me. I was going to do things one way and he’s like, no, you need to create packages, and tears totally changed the game for me.

[00:08:40] Very influential in my first launch being a six figure launch. That was an idea. What is the value of an idea, especially at the right time? Well, for me it was six figures, but for you it could be anything. When you allow other people in the community to help you. You create space for that kind of serendipity.

[00:09:00] You didn’t even know that someone could have given you that idea that changed everything for you. That’s what you get when you plug in on a consistent basis and you don’t wait until something’s finished to look for feedback or ask that question. At the top of this episode, I said, you’re going to get out what you put in.

[00:09:18] When it comes to community, and in that sense it’s kind of like a gym membership. You have to use it to get the benefit and you don’t want to at first. Like right now, you feel this resistance to engaging in a community? You know, Sean, I’ve wanted to join the membership. Honestly. Mainly it was to get access to your courses.

[00:09:37] Now that they’re super affordable and they’re in the membership, and I don’t have to spend thousands of dollars, you know, I’ve mainly wanted it for the courses, but also. It would kind of be cool to listen to the podcast live. It would kind of be cool to get access to the member only podcast fired up Mondays and get answers to my questions.

[00:09:54] It would be cool to connect with people in the community. And you know, I, I really have been thinking about doing this. But you still feel that resistance, right? I don’t really have time for the whole community thing. There’s that resistance. It’s just like when you get a gym membership, you think when you sign up for Shawn West membership, you go to Sean west.com/membership you sign up, you go to the community.

[00:10:17] You think that new car scent. Right? That fresh smell is just going to be so invigorating that everything’s going to solve itself, and now you’ll log in all the time and you have all this clarity, but honestly, it’s just like a gym membership. You think the same thing when you sign up for that gym membership.

[00:10:34] January, new year’s resolution. Oh, I’m going to go in there. I’m going to be so pumped. I got my workout clothes. Everyone else is there. I’m pumping the, the music into my headphones. Oh, this is going to be awesome, and maybe it is the first day, but then the next day comes around and you don’t want to do it.

[00:10:51] You feel like you don’t have time to go to the gym, but you know, that’s just an excuse to mask the fact that fitness is not a priority for you. But once you go, you know this, once you go, you feel better about yourself. At first it feels a little awkward, but the more you go, the better it feels and the better you feel about yourself.

[00:11:12] And soon. You start to see results eventually, it’s just a normal part of your routine. Now you continue to spiral upwards instead of downwards, like we talked about at the beginning of the series. I have a theory, I think you’re either spiraling upwards or downwards. There is no in between. There is no stagnation.

[00:11:34] You’re spiraling up or you’re spiraling down. So which one is it. I would prefer you spiral up. And the way to do that is to stay plugged in to community. Now, when it comes to deciding on what community to join. Maybe it is the  community. I hope that it is. I think if you’re in any kind of creative field at all, this is going to be absolutely incredible for you.

[00:11:58] Whether you want to launch products, sell services, teach what you know, everything is here and the kind of people you’re going to meet are just life changing, the kind of people you want to be friends with for life. I really do think this is a great place for you. I hope you do go to  dot com slash membership.

[00:12:16] And join. We’d love to see you in the community, but honestly, whether it’s our community or not, I hope you just plug into community at all. Even if it’s not ours. I hope you find your people. I hope you stay plugged in. You find those positive people who are going to encourage you, who are going to help you stay accountable, make sure you’re taking action and realize your potential.

[00:12:38] I think you have a potential for greatness and I hope I get to be a part of that. Even if just listening to the podcast as part of enabling the greatness that I know you have inside, then I think that I did my job, but if you are considering becoming a shameless member, now’s the time to do it. This is the last part of our finding community series.

[00:12:58] The reason now is the time to do it is on March 20th the annual membership price is increasing. Permanently. So when you sign up now you get locked in. We let you keep the current rate. You’re grandfathered for as long as you’re a member. So no matter what the price does in the future, well, I mean, it’s only going to go up.

[00:13:16] I never bring it back down. You know how we do it at list? We reward your loyalty. We don’t do discounts. We’re just increasing the price to reflect the current value of membership. We’ve even got some cool things lined up into 2021 that we’re looking forward to sharing. You not only get access to everything we have now, all the training, but everything we’ll add in the future.

[00:13:37] Hope to see you in the community. I hope you join  dot com slash membership thanks for tuning in and I’ll talk to you soon.