By our nature we are needy. We would never have accomplished many of the tasks required of survival in early life without the support and nurture of our relationships. And most of us have never accomplished a major goal by going it alone. Somewhere along the way we had help. Even if we did the goal achievement on our own, somebody took over for you at work, babysat the kids, made you dinner and cleaned the house, drove you to an exam so you had a few more minutes to study, or _______________, you know whatever you've accomplished that was big time for you, you had a helping hand in making it work.
My business is obviously a major part of providing a support system. And no matter what you are trying to accomplish in health and fitness or otherwise, that you find support systems to help ensure your success. There is something wonderful about knowing you have a trainer to tell you what to do and how to do it when you are on a mission to health and fitness and don't know how to make it work, or to keep you accountable on days when you'd simply skip out on that day's training. Trainers, coaches, and mentors, are all amazing for this no matter what realm you are working towards a goal in and not feeling you have the resources on your own. I can say that in training people I have also developed wonderful relationships and a great deal of satisfaction from helping them overcome their humps. There are valuable people in your life who can also act as a part of your support system, and I recommend you recruit them. There are also some though, like the "no support" article suggests that are best avoided.
Look to family members and friends who you know have helped others be uplifted and successful in their goals previously. On the other hand I certainly would avoid sharing any big plans with those who you know often see the worst, are general complainers, or like to gossip about others. If you know your mother, despite her big love for you, never respects your weight loss goal and always offers up more food than necessary even after you've told her you ate before you visited, sadly she might not be your best bet. If your friend says "yeah, we'll run twice a week" and also says "hey let's grab drinks" every Friday, you may find you get in fewer runs and more drinks than you had in mind. Sometimes people who love us aren't as invested in our goal as we are and don't realize they are silently sabotaging it. If you find this happening, limit your time and activities with these folks to when you can avoid the challenging patterns or when you can afford the missing a workout or eating a few extra calories (i.e. when you got in an unexpected ride, or it's a special occasion you've planned for).
Don't let this get you down though, surely you know people who are good at achieving their own goals who would understand and support you in yours, or cheerleader personalities who are always finding the good in what you do and push you to go hard, team sport experienced folks who also provide inspiration to do your best, even those familiar faces at your step class, you may not know them, but if they seem friendly they could be an accountability buddy. If your immediate family isn't enough to keep you going your friends, coworkers, familiar people at your gym/running store/bike shop, a trainer, coach, mentor, or even support groups and sites like Meetup are sure to yield you a system of support to help you achieve any goal you create for yourself. With the beauty of a supporting team on your side, you can surely CREATE your Awesomeness!
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