|Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Quitter’s Circle, a collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer. All thoughts and opinions presented in this post are purely my own.|
This post is no big ah-ha moment. We all know that having a support system can help us become more successful. However, the problem then arises when we don’t recruit people to be a part of that support system as we should, and then when we don’t lean on them when we actually need them. In order for a support system to add to your success, you need to build it properly and use it when necessary.
How A Support System May Add to Your Success
Going at it alone can be hard. There is a reason people don’t run off into the wilderness and live alone – we like having other people around. Heck, we need to have other people around. We are by nature social creatures and we can be motivated when we have others by our side.[i] That is why it is so important to have a support system in place to help us out when we are working toward a goal, or when the going gets tough.
Building Your Support System
As you build your support system, it is important to really think about those who you believe would be there for you, and not just for the good times, but also for the bad. Think of people who are going to celebrate with you when you get that promotion and be a shoulder to cry on during that awful breakup. These are the people that will encourage you like no other, but will also give you that extra motivation when you need it.
Whether you are working on getting 8 hours of sleep a night, losing some weight, getting more physical activity or quitting smoking, a strong support system in your corner could help.
So, Who Should Be a Part of Your Support System?
– The Family Member –
They have known you forever and know where you are coming from.
– The Work Friend –
You probably spend 8-9 hours a day at work, so you should have someone there who is on your team.
– The Counterpart –
They understand what you are going through because they are in the same boat.
– The Cheerleader –
This is the person who is always there with positive encouragement.
– The Realist –
The person who tells it like it is and gives you the extra motivation you need.
– The Mentor/Coach –
They have the knowledge and experience, as they’ve been in your shoes before.
– The Fit Friend –
They will help get you out of the house on walks or runs or to a new exercise class.
– The Healthcare Provider –
An expert opinion and professional counseling.
– ANYONE! –
Sometimes support can come from unexpected places, even online. For people who are trying to quit smoking, they can turn to the Quitter’s Circle online community for support.
How to Utilize Your Support System
DO IT! Seriously, be willing to use your system once you have them in place. This is the hardest part for so many people, myself included. You have this great support system set up, but then you find yourself sliding down a slippery slope and you don’t reach out to any of them.
Save all of your support system numbers in your phone so they are just a call or text away. Then when you are at the grocery store and find yourself putting four pints of ice cream in your cart because they are buy one, get one free, even though you need to lose weight, you can reach out and text a member of your team. Or, if you just had your morning coffee and already have the urge to smoke, even though you made it through yesterday smokefree, contact a member of your squad.
Make a pledge to yourself that you won’t go at it alone. You will build a strong support system around yourself and you will reach out to them when you need help, are having a bad day, are feeling weak, or even when something goes great and you just want to celebrate or brag a bit.
[i]DOF Pfizer Omnibus Survey Results 2015. Accessed October 19, 2016.