“The fact is, there is no foundation, no secure ground, upon which people may stand today if it isn’t the family. If you don’t have the support and love and caring and concern that you get from a family, you don’t have much at all. Love is so supremely important. As our great poet Auden said, ‘Love each other or perish’.”
― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
― Michael Jordan

“The best advice I can give to anyone going through a rough patch is to never be afraid to ask for help.”
― Demi Lovato, Stay Strong

“If you need help bark like a dog.” – Gendry.

“That’s stupid. If I need help I’ll shout help.” – Arya”
― George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

Like most people, I set goals for this new year.  I set goals I knew would help me reach new heights and improve myself and the people around me.  This year, I went one step further.  Knowing that it is easy to slip up and forget these goals, I sent them to some of the people I trust the most.  That’s right, I sent my goals out to my closest friends and family. I know they will support me and hold me to my word when I I have a difficult time pushing on.

Too often people set goals or start out on a journey ALONE.  They want to make changes.  They want to achieve new goals for their lives.  However, they feel like they have to do it all by themselves.  For some reason, people do not reach out for help.  Maybe, they are embarrassed, or too proud to reach out.  Maybe they want to prove it to themselves or others that it can be done without any help.

Let me ask you this: if you achieve your goals alone or with the aid of others, does the goal carry less meaning to you?  Probably not.  You still met or exceeded your goals.  You still achieved the results you wanted.  But, if you recruit a team, a few things will occur.  For one, your journey will be more fulfilling because you shared the events with others. Also, you will gain encouragement from your team when you feel discouraged or “stuck”.  Through these exchanges you create a deeper connection with the people you put n your team.  They experience you in a more intimate part of your life and therefore become closer to you.  Finally, you show true strength when asking for help.  Most people think the opposite.  They feel they are weak to ask for help. However, opening up and being vulnerable is true strength in action.

So, who to pick?  This is tougher than it seems.  The immediate answer will be those people in your social circle.  Your best friends, siblings, etc.  However, be careful of who you pick.  Some people close to you may not understand your needs or journey. If you want to lose weight, would yu enlist a friend who consistently tries, but never gains any progress?  Or, would you choose an acquaintance you met at the gym who dropped a bunch of weight and managed to keep it off?  I’ll let you answer.  Consider these qualities when recruiting your team:
-someone who is honest and trustworthy
-someone who is a positive person
-someone who will push you
-someone who will empower you
-someone who will check on you
-someone who has made changes themselves

Go ahead.  Set your goals.  Tell others about them.  Convince those you choose to be on your team to help you along.  You won’t regret it one bit.  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!
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