... how awesome you are? Do you have someone cheering you on? Someone to give a good kick in the butt and not let you quit? Someone to roll their eyes at your silly excuses?
Over the last few weeks, this theme has popped into my life in many forms.
It is so important to have a support system and community of people who want YOU to be successful.
The ladies in the Healthy Living group that I lead, know all week long that they are part of a team who is cheering for their success. Although each woman makes positive choices for herself, sometimes just knowing that the group is all trying too, helps them to forgo destructive behaviors. They aren't competing for anything, they just know they will have to go tell the group how their week was.
The best part about that? There is no need to create an environment of competition to hold you accountable. You just need to find someone who will check up on you. Someone you know is going ask, how was your week? Did you stay on track?
For me, I find that that a little encouragement from people I trust and respect goes a long way.
It's pretty easy to keep up the momentum when you can see changes or results. We took some pretty amazing before and after pictures/measurements in our Healthy Living group. Getting a measurement of MINUS 5 inches on your stomach will really serve as the carrot to keep you going!
But what happens if you don't know if you are making progress or it's hard to see the finish line? It's the moments in the middle of a busy week or at the end of a long day when you're physically tired and mentally exhausted that things get dicey... who is in your ear telling you HOW AWESOME you are?? Who is going to care if you mess up?
I have this bible verse on my desk:
"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another." (Acts 10:24-25 NLT)
Do you have a goal you'd like to achieve in June? by the end of the summer? by the end of year? After you write it down, I challenge you to do 2 things:
1. Find someone who :
- selflessly cares about your happiness and success in accomplishing that goal
- has the same goal and wants to commit with you to do it together
That "someone" can be a friend, family member, co-worker, trainer, roommate... anyone who will serve as your personal "encourager". Remember that the "encourager" will sometimes have to use a little tough love... like "Julie, you do NOT need a new computer to start your business. Stop making excuses and just do it." Point taken.
2. Share your goals with that person. Tell them why and how you plan to accomplish your goal. It's scary to put it out there, but I promise you it will make you more successful.
Finally, think of ways to encourage and motivate others.
Be the light in someone's path. Tell the woman in your office who is trying to lose weight that she looks really great today. Give your Mom a hug and thank her for all she does. Lifting others up will not only help them more than you know, it will also lift you up too.