If you read last week’s newsletter about stretching yourself I hope you noticed the part where I said with Dan and Chris’ amazing encouragement I was able to make it to the finish line.
I wrote that because I know without a shadow of doubt that I would not have been able to run 5 miles for the first time in twenty years without their encouragement and support.
They talked to me, pushed me, encouraged me, cheered me on and even prayed for me as we ran the last two miles mostly uphill.
I know I would have given up around the third or fourth mile if it wasn’t for them.
I also know that when you stretch yourself in life and work you need the support and encouragement of others to be successful.
No one creates success alone. We all need a positive team to push and encourage us.
Success is a team sport.
For every Olympic gold medalist there is a team of trainers, coaches, parents, friends and supporters that encouraged and challenged them through the stretching and growth process.
And for each one of our greatest accomplishments in life and work there is a story and group of people that made it possible.
If we try to stretch ourselves without the support of others we either won’t go very far or we’re likely to snap.
But when we have support and encouragement we are able to stretch ourselves and reach farther than we ever thought possible.
We all need a stretch team.
I want to encourage you to build a team of people that will help you stretch and grow. This might include a co-worker, mentor at work, spouse, friend, family member or a business coach.
I also want to encourage you to be part of someone else’s stretch team.
Just as Dan and Chris selflessly cheered me on, you can run with someone through life and encourage them as they reach their goal.
Trust me. They will never forget you for it!
Who helped you stretch and reach one of your goals in life? How did they help you? Share your thoughts below or on my Facebook page.