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Inadequate Support (5th in a 10-Part Series)

“You can do anything as long as you have the passion,
the drive, the focus, and the support.”

—Sabrina Bryan

Many people feel very much alone on the road to success. And some people actually are. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to go it alone. In fact, trying to go it alone is a fool’s errand.

Whether you own your own business or work for someone else, you need to have the right kind of support to be successful. Just like a table needs legs and a house needs a foundation, you need to be supported in living your best life.

Do you have the support you need? Are you sure?
Do you know what areas of your support system that need shoring up?
Do you know how to get the help you need?

In addressing this issue, I have the following major premises:

1. If you can accomplish your goal by yourself, you probably don’t have a big enough goal.

2. Everything is easier with help and support—and more fun, too.

3. Having a team increases your confidence and allows you to think bigger.

4. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel.

And these are what I see as the biggest enemies of having sufficient support:

1. Pride, arrogance 

2. Stubbornness

3. Not realizing how important proper support is.

4. Having a “Maverick Complex”

5. Not knowing where to turn

6. Thinking you can’t afford it

Any one of these things can hold you back, and even stop you from creating the support network you need and want.

Our purpose here at SuccessNet is to help great people and great companies to become even better. We exist to support you in being your best. So we are all about support and have been for almost 20 years.

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Delegating some of your work load to others is one of the simplest ways to create support. It’s not always easy at first because many times those you delegate to will not do things as well as you do. But it’s essential to leveraging yourself.

Having a personal assistant is most likely the first best step. And this might seem a bit strong, but you either have an assistant or you are one.

Master Mind Teams
You can form your own Master Mind Team. A master mind team is simply a small group of people who band together to help each other achieve their goals. For more info on this very powerful strategy, re-read the chapter on The Master Mind in Think and Grow Rich.

Hire a Coach
Every single successful person I’ve ever studied had a mentor—in many cases, several. Professional athletes have coaches. Why shouldn’t you? Feel free to contact me if you are interested in me coaching you in creating your best life.

Board of Directors
If you own a small business, I strongly urge you to have an active board of directors—or at least an advisory board. People are glad to help by providing their experience, perspective and collective wisdom.

Having reserves gives you much more confidence and less chance for fear. Things like cash, good credit, a pre-approved credit line. Budgeting more time than you think you will need is another way to build up reserves.

The important thing is to bolster your life and your endeavors with reserves.

Having the tools you need, the machinery that’s required and the equipment you want to do the job right is all part of the support game. Buy, rent or borrow what you need to get things done.

Your Environment
The people and things around you have a profound impact on you and your ability to achieve. You must take charge of who and what you allow into your life. And you cannot afford to have negative people and unsupportive physical environments drag you down.

Professional Support Team
Be sure you have access to attorneys, accountants and industry-specific experts.

Lifelong Learning
The knowledge and wisdom you possess is an integral part of your support network. What you know and what you learn are powerful confidence and support builders. Commit to lifetime learning and never-ending improvement. Because the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.

“You can’t learn less.”

—Bucky Fuller

I’ve seen far too many well-intentioned, hard-working, sincere people struggle and even fail because they were unaware or didn’t pay close enough attention to creating and maintaining a winning support system.

Take a hard, honest look at your support system—or lack thereof. Having great support positions you for winning. Not having it sets you up for losing. It’s that simple.

The Best Life Navigator™ launches soon. It allows you to keep your personal and professional growth front and center. And it’s uniquely designed to provide you with full support at your fingertips. It has the tools you need for your success—all in one place.

Action Steps

1. Identify your top 3 areas of support to improve

2. List 3 action steps you will take to do so

3. Take those steps

If you would like to explore any of these strategies in more depth, we are happy to help. Please contact us via our Help Desk.

Stay tuned for the next installment of The Top 10 Reasons Good People Don’t Always Win. You’ll receive it in the next few days. Do you have a guess as to what might be the next of the Top 10 Reasons?

Please Tell Us What You Think
I’ve published this article and the previous one here on my Blog. Please add your comments, questions and suggestions at the bottom of the post. Your feedback and engagement is important. If you disagree with anything, say so. If you have questions, ask. If you have additional insights or resources, please share. I promise to read every one. Thank you.

BTW, you’ll gain even greater value from this series if you have a copy of my book, The Achievement Code: The 3C Formula for Getting What You Truly Want (available in print or Kindle). Details at www.TheAchievementCode.com

Previous installments of this series are located here on my Blog.

1. Insufficient Desire

2. Lack of—or Erroneous—Beliefs

3. Confusion, Lack of Clarity

4. Lack of Focus and Concentration

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