Do you think of yourself as a fairly independent person? Is it hard for you to ask for help? Or maybe you’re kind of a lone wolf in the world? If you’ve answered “yes” to any these questions, today’s post is meant especially for you. Those of us who are fiercely autonomous often find it hard to depend on others in any way. However, when working toward a goal, leaning on those around you is one of the best things you can do to improve the likelihood of achieving it. Accepting the support of others offers a host of other benefits as well, including strengthening relationships and making life much more enjoyable!  Let’s talk about some groups that can really help you be successful in reaching your goals. 

Cheerleaders 

Your cheerleaders are the people who are there to encourage you from the sidelines. Their job is to cheer you on as you work toward winning and cheer you up when things aren’t going so great!  Encouraging words go a long way to help keep us going. We all need these kinds of people in our lives.  They can be family, friends, co-workers, support groups, etc.  You may be surprised to find out just how motivating it can be to have a support system of people that cheer you on!   

Coaches 

While cheerleaders tend to be the people in your inner circle who know you, coaches are usually people you’ve hired or recruited for a specific purpose. For instance, someone whose goal is to run a marathon might look for a personal trainer to help them get in shape, learn to improve their eating habits and discover ways to increase their endurance. Or someone who wants to build stronger relationships might hire a Relationship coach.  Starting a business might have you looking for a business coach or if you need help with goals in general maybe hiring a life coach could benefit you, 

Cohorts 

A cohort is a unique support system. This is usually a group of people who are working alongside of you to accomplish the same thing or something similar as you are. Sometimes “cohort” is the term used for a group of students who are in the same program in school. They will take the same classes together, work as a group on projects and support each other throughout their educational journey. These groups can be found in other settings also. Any collaboration of people working together to achieve the same goal qualifies like a group coaching program, a mastermind group, a group course etc,. They can be beneficial in so many ways. Because they are going through the same experience as you, they are able to understand what you are going through. They can provide a good support system and motivation.  

Who will you engage to help support you goals this year? Once you practice accepting support from cheerleaders, coaches and cohorts, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!