Your support system is a network of people you look to and trust for guidance.
Hey babe, before we dive in, I’d like you to take a minute to grab a pen and notebook and get real comfy. Instead of just reading over the questions within this article, I want you to really allow yourself to sink into them.
Are you ready? Let’s begin…
First, let’s take a little trip down Memory Lane. When was the last time you asked for advice or confided in someone?
For some of us it might have been this morning, for others, it might have been so long ago that it takes a little while to actually remember…
How did talking to that person that you confided in, or asked something make you feel?
Perhaps after the chat with that person, you felt comforted, or more capable of facing a situation you needed to. Maybe you felt the opposite; confused and unsure of what your next step was.
It is super important to surround yourself with positive and trustworthy people.
People who can who you can rely on to be by your side, through the ups and downs of life and business.
Having a support system or community in your back pocket goes lightyears in keeping your mindset in the right place to achieve outstanding success. – Sarah Williams
Your support system should be a collective of people who are encouraging, care about your life goals, never tell you you’re dreaming too big, and always have your best interests at heart.
When you have that kind of support system, you’ll be more likely to reach your goals and make it through darker days with an ever-there sense of light. But as we all know, these kinds of relationships don’t just pop up out of the blue and stick around with no effort. They have to be nurtured and maintained to reach their full benefit.
Identifying Your Support System
Below are some journal prompts to work through to help you recognize your supportive relationships, nurture them and continue to grow your collection of supporters.
To recognize the supportive people in your life, ask yourself the following:
- How do you feel when you talk to this person?
- Do they take your feelings and needs into account?
- Is the advice they give based on your well-being?
- Do they tell you tough truths when you need to hear them?
- Do they celebrate your triumphs with you?
- Do they encourage you to be better than you were yesterday?
- Have they opened possibilities for you that you didn’t realize existed?
Ask yourself these questions about your friends, team members, and the people who regularly advise you.
You will start to see patterns emerging, and more likely than not you will discover that some people in your life are a heck-of-a-lot are more supportive than others.
This doesn’t mean you should completely rid your life of the people who aren’t supportive, even if it was a possible thing to do. Instead, what you should do now that you have this information is spend more time and effort nurturing the relationships you have with those that do support you. Those people are your support system.
Your support system doesn’t have to be a picture-perfect little clique. But each of your supporters’ must-have qualities you admire, and the ability to listen, understand and empathize. These 4 traits are the magic potion that creates a great supporter.
Grow those supportive relationships
Support is a two-way street. Once you’ve identified the members of your support system, you’re going to feel motivated to do your best to acknowledge and nurture those relationships.
Invite them into your decisions and explain your ideas; you should feel safe in asking for their honest opinion. It’s really important that you are open to feedback, even if it’s not always what you want to hear. The best supporters will be transparent with their thoughts, unafraid to tell share their truth with you, which will help you see your options from different perspectives.
It’s also important to be open to advise. Your support system can’t help you if you don’t consider what they have to say. When making big decisions, talk to members of your support system who have knowledge in areas where you’re unfamiliar.
For example, if you’re thinking about making a substantial amount of funds into a new business venture, you should talk to someone with expertise in business matters (major hint* someone like Sarah Williams: the legend behind Rebel Office). We all have unique knowledge based on our own life experiences. You can use the knowledge of your supporters to make better decisions.
Life is better when you don’t have to go it alone. That’s why you should work to identify the people in your life who support you and focus on strengthening those relationships. When you do, you may find that you can go farther than you ever thought possible on your own.
Through talking processes, productivity, levelling up, and all things entrepreneurship, this group is here to provide HIGH QUALITY, HIGH ENERGY support. Because it’s time to be the best you can be.
If you feel like you desperately need someone in your corner, don’t forget that’s why Work-Parties are for. In just one day, Sarah will give you that next-level, custom support you’ve been searching for and you’ll end your day with all your sh*t done, with a great plan ahead to continue working on.
Ooh saving this for (near) future reference. I have a great personal support system but feel like I am still missing that business/professional support system.
This is so hugely important, without that support it’s so easy to feel like you’re heading some where you don’t want to go or give up entirely.
I think on the whole the blogging community is great at this but real life support is invaluable x
So true. Statistics show that the one thing we as humans fear greatly is loneliness. Although we can be surrounded by people it is still possible to feel alone. Connection, support and companionship are so incredibly important and worth nurturing and tending to.
It is that old quote “We all can’t be princesses on the float otherwise who would we wave to in the crowd?”
Very important this issue, thanks for bring it here! My only advice is if you don’t have that supportive person at home find it elsewhere!
My family and friends are all supportive of me, but I need to include some business minded people in my network I think.
Supporting other women businesses is one of the most rewarding things I do. Your group(s) sound awesome; heading over to check them out now!
Amen to that, babe. #womensupporting women is our jam!
Can’t wait to catch ya in the group!
Great read. I truly agree with support system and i just signed up your facebook group. I’m really excited to meet like minded people.
I am so happy to hear you are finding value in RO, that makes our efforts feel so worth-while!
We can’t wait to meet you over in the group!
This is a perfect article, especially at this time of year. We all need our tribe, our confidents who support us in many situations. In our business and personal lives.
We need people whom we trust. and who will stretch, encourage and challenge us.
Thank you for your support!!