Support systems come in many different ways. Traditionally, first starting out in life, you find your support system with your parents. Your parents should resemble pillars of strength, good judgment, love, understanding and endless encouragement. But what if you never had that support system? Without that support system, you are often doomed to never taking chances or never feeling like you have the ability to succeed. You’d be surprised to know that the most successful people out there have a really great support system. If you never had that support system growing up, it may mean you have to find it somewhere else. This means being a good judge of character and surrounding yourself with people who show compassion, a love and a willingness to help and support you in your endeavors, even if it’s risky. A good support system can help you take that risk, leap or jump that is often necessary to get going.
I am thankful that while I didn’t have that support system growing up, I have been a good judge of character and have surrounded myself with positive supportive friends and mentors. You can’t choose to whom and where you are born, but you can choose your friends. So with this, I want to encourage all those out there waiting for a dream to unfold, to “use” your support system. If they offer help, take it, rely on it and help back when you can. That is how friendship works right? It needs to be watered so that it flourishes and grows over time into a trusted relationship.
Even if you have had a glim start to life out on your own, it won’t always be that way. Hard work pays off! But you may have to chase it for a little while, study and learn all there is to know to get to where you want to be. No one is an expert until they’ve tried a dozen different avenues to know what works and what doesn’t work. These avenues have to be attempted, or that only makes you a dreamer. And dreaming is all fine and good, but eventually, you wake up from that dream if you don’t put your thoughts into action. If you don’t water the seeds for success and rely on your support system, you can’t do it alone for very far. At some point when running that marathon, you’ll have to stop for a cup of water, you’ll have to look to the sidelines for encouragement, you’ll need to splash water on your face to finish those last five miles, and you may often need a friend to help you over the finish line. It doesn’t matter if you needed the help, the point is that you finish. No successful person does it alone even if most of the work comes directly from them. There’s always helpers, assistants and cheerleaders getting you through so you can focus on the important things.
So the next time you are feeling discouraged and like this just won’t happen, re-evaluate your support system. Ask for help when you need it and offer help back. You’ll be surprised who takes you up on it. Be supportive to your friends and family and you will receive that support back.
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