We all need strong support systems. For some of us, this is family, for others is a group of friends. While many of us have support systems, not all are created equal. Support groups can inspire us and encourage our growth, and yet often they do the opposite. Instead of pushing us to do bigger and better in our lives, sometimes they ask us to play small and live ordinary lives.
Of course the groups that don’t inspire and motivate us aren’t doing these things on purpose. They are not conscious of what they’re doing because they’re doing it to themselves as well. They’ve let their fears and insecurities stop them from pursuing their dreams and living the life they want. Unfortunately, this group won’t be able to really push you in the way you need in order to really take your life to the next level.
Positive support systems include people who are working towards or achieving the things you would like to do. They are going to understand the challenges you are going through and are living proof that even the worst is survivable. Strong, positive support systems won’t let you make excuses for why you can’t do the things you’ve committed to. Excuses are not permitted. For every reason you give for why you say you can’t, your support system will show you a way you can.
If your inner circle doesn’t give you the type of boost you need in difficult times, you may have to find your own positive support system. Whether it be joining a mastermind or finding a group on meetup.com that meets your needs, if you want to take your life to the next level, you have to find a group of people who can help you to do just that. The love of friends and family is irreplaceable. Sometimes we need more than that in order to make our dreams a reality.
We can’t achieve meaningful goals without help and support. There isn’t enough time to reinvent the wheel. We need to be able to tap into the knowledge and expertise of others who have done the things we want to do and can empathise with the struggles and challenges we encounter along the way. They aren’t just telling you what you want to hear because they love you and don’t want to hurt your feelings. They want to support you because they believe in you and your vision and want to help you succeed in whatever it is your working towards.
Support systems are awesome. They don’t have to be all work and no play. It’s about being with a group of people who love and support one another through good and bad. They understand that greatness is contagious and the more they help others succeed, the larger the ripple effect. When you experience great support systems, you can provide effective support to others. If you really want to achieve the life you deserve, finding the right support system for you is a great start!