Watching the Rio Olympics on TV, it’s fascinating to hear the athletes talking about how they achieve their remarkable results. The media coverage focusses on the individuals, and of course it’s individuals receiving those coveted medals on the podium, but the individuals constantly talk about their teams. They don’t just mention their coaches, nutritionists, physiotherapists, technicians, training partners, etc but they also talk about their families, friends, teachers and colleagues – even the complete strangers who roar their support from the stands.
It reminded me that, despite our focus on individual achievements, none of us achieve anything on our own. We all have our support teams around us, contributing to each of us getting through each day. A useful exercise is to draw a map of where your support comes from – and in what form. All of us need support and in as much variety as possible. From the boss who gives you those stretching projects to build your experience, to the old friend who’s the only person who will listen to your greatest fears.
Once you’ve drawn your map, you might be happy with it, or you might find it a bit thin, or with insufficient variety. You might need to take action. You could decide to actively seek support in specific areas.
People like giving support – but they’ll probably have to be asked. So you’ll have to make the first move.
So as you achieve whatever you’ve set yourself to do in life, you’ll know who is in your support team and can appreciate them – just like those Olympians.
Bye – Liz Willis