Word-Of-the-Week #700: Supportive

January 4, 2018 by  

Supportiveproviding encouragement or emotional help.

Do you typically make New Year’s Resolutions? How successful have you been in attaining those? How would it feel to focus on having supportive people around you?

WebMD’s  posting, “In One Year, Out the Other. This year, try giving resolutions a rest and just do your best,” struck me as pretty good advice. 

“Here’s a New Year’s resolution anyone can keep: Resolve not to make any more New Year’s resolutions. 

Now, wasn’t that easy? 

If you’re trying to pay down your credit cards, quit smoking, get a new job, find a mate, or shed some excess poundage, abandoning New Year’s resolutions won’t get you off the hook. 

But by setting more realistic goals for yourself and not limiting yourself to a once-a-year, do-or-die, all-out assault on that Everest of debt, those flabby thighs, or the hideous wallpaper you keep meaning to replace, you may find that the finish line isn’t so far away after all. 

Or as the Rolling Stones put it, “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need.” 

“New Years after New Years, millions of Americans make a resolution to go on a diet, and a diet is a way of eating that feels so depriving that you can hardly wait to get to the end of it so you can go back to doing what you did before,” says Elizabeth Zelvin, LCSW, an online therapist who helps people with eating disorders. And that’s a BIG fat problem! (No pun intended) The saying goes, “If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you always got.” 

What if you found “you just might get what you need” from a little support? My goal this year is surround myself with people who provide encouragement and emotional help. And just so you know, they are the ones that are “uppers” not “downers.” Truly supportive people want to see you succeed! Just look at how successful AA and Weight Watchers are. It’s much easier to stay focused on your goal when you have encouragement and emotional help.

This week’s focus is about surrounding yourself with supportive people. What do you want help with? Who can you connect with that can make that happen? And lastly, how realistic are your goals for the coming year?

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