As much as running is an individual effort, it’s also a team sport.  Obviously I don’t run as part of a team like a basketball team but I need a team surrounding me to run well and reach my goals.  And I’m not just talking about training partners or coaches or even people that understand what I am doing.  I’m talking about all of the people in my life… husband, my kids, my training partners, my friends and family, and even my buddy Drew, whom I dedicate each of my miles to.  Each of these people motivates and encourages me and supports me in some way.  I owe a huge amount of my success to the people that I have surrounded myself with.  And this is something that is not just related to my success as a runner.  It applies to every aspect of my life.  The company your keep and the people you surround yourself with make all the difference in the world so it’s important to choose carefully!

Finding the right people to surround yourself with can be challenging but it’s worth the effort!  Here are a few of my recommendations to create the right support team:

Analyze your current support team

Who are the people that you currently surround yourself with?  Are they people that encourage you and add to your life?  Or do they discourage you and not support your dreams and goals?  What do the people around you add to your life?  For example, if you are trying to lose weight, it’s not beneficial to you to surround yourself with people who make you feel like you can’t do it.  Even if they aren’t trying to lose weight themselves, a good friend will be your greatest cheerleader.

Get rid of the negativity

A lot of people seem to be negative by nature and have a tendency to spread that attitude.  Negativity doesn’t help at all!  Negativity is an energy drain that you just don’t need.  While it may be impossible in certain situations to stay away from certain negative people, make every effort to minimize your time with them and keep focused on your goals.

Interact with like-minded people

Not everyone on your support team may have the same goals as you, and that’s perfectly fine.  One of my goals is to run a sub-4 hour marathon.  My husband isn’t a runner and that’s likely something he’ll never achieve but supports me.  However, I also surround myself with other runners who have similar goals and train like I do.  These people are unique in that they understand certain challenges that I may face and can support me through those challenges.  They also understand the reasons that this goal is important to me.  If your goal is to become debt-free, find people that have paid off their debt or are in the process of paying off debt.  These people will understand and support you, and you can do the same for them.

Do you currently have a support system in place?  Do you need to make some changes in your life to get the support and encouragement that you need?  I’d love to hear your thoughts….tell me in the comments below!

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