As a busy person with a lot of responsibilities, it can be hard to make sure I don’t drop the ball on anything. I’m a father, husband, psychologist, running coach, owner of several businesses, and I volunteer in the community. I manage to make time for the people and events that are important to me and a lot of the credit for my success goes to my support system.
I want to share with you how to build a strong support system of your own. Surrounded by the right people, and with the right tools and mindset, you too can accomplish a lot in your day. I like to think about growing a strong support system as similar to building endurance when you train to run.
The first step to building a strong support system is to start where you are.
New runners know that the first step to improving their times is to show up for early morning track practice. You don’t need the best shoes or a life coach to get started creating a strong support system. Use the materials you already have and the people you already know to shift your life in a more positive direction.
Next, you will want to make small improvements on the areas you can impact.
Exercise is a great way to improve your physical and mental health but it is not enough on its own. You can make small improvements in how you spend your time and what you choose to eat to help you move toward a healthier life.
Build a small support system first.
Your support system is a combination of your habits and your network. In running, this is the time you would find a running buddy or two. Within your network, tap the people who make a positive impact in your life. Let them know that you value their friendship and skills and ask what you can do to help them succeed in areas of their own life. Celebrate the things you are already doing right in your daily life and practice forming better habits to make you a happier and healthier individual.
Grow your support system.
Join an organization whose goals align with yours. As you offer help where you are able, your support system will naturally grow over time. The best way to grow a strong support system is to be a support to others in time of need, whether through volunteering in the community or giving of yourself directly. A kind word or a box of groceries can mean the world to someone who is going through a tough time.
There you have it. Your endurance is something that will improve over time just as your support system will grow as you continue to nurture it.
Who are some of the biggest supporters in your support system?