Strength Made Possible by Vulnerability
Written by Holden Rethwill
“I can do it on my own.”
To me, these seem like famous last words. They are a fatal flaw in one’s mental approach to life, and an inhibitor of success. They show stubbornness and arrogance, and in my opinion, a fear of vulnerability.
It doesn’t matter how mentally or physically strong someone is, we all need the right support system if we are going to see our potential ultimately attained. Without a good support system it is hard to truly reach that potential.
I will admit, it can be scary relying on others to help you achieve your dreams (fear of vulnerability). But if you take a chance and allow people who have your best interests at heart to help, you will reap the benefits.
Just take a look at any successful professional athlete. Whether they came from privilege or struggle, along the way they have surrounded themselves with the right people to help maximize their potential.
Ok, so you have no aspirations of being a professional athlete, that’s completely fine. I am, however, going to make the assumption that you do want to excel at whatever path you choose to follow. I truly believe that in order to do so, it is imperative that you surround yourself with likeminded individuals. People who are going to boost you up rather than bring you down.
So why is it so important?
There are a multitude of reasons why a strong support system is so important, but I’ll give you my top three:
1) Likeminded individuals drive you to succeed. When you surround yourself with people who have similar interests and ideals, it becomes easier to stay the course and remain focused on your goals.
2) Surrounding yourself with these individuals will instill confidence which in turn increases your performance. Knowing that you will always have someone in your corner supporting you is paramount to success.
3) A support system is a fallback for when times are tough and you feel like progress is not being made. Even if you fall off the top of that mountain, a good support system is there to build you back up.
Keep an eye open for part two discussing how to choose your support system, and why everyone can choose to have one.