Support teams are beneficial because we can’t do everything ourselves and the people you may already have supporting you most likely can’t support you in all the ways you need.
I’m guessing you already have people on your support team – a doctor, a dentist and friends or family members to talk to. These and other people like them represent basic support necessary for our survival.
But what if you’re ready to move beyond survival and are looking to thrive?
If thriving is the goal, it’s time to upgrade your support network. If you’re ready to make changes with respect to your health, a personal trainer or a nutritionist could support you. If you struggle with money management, working with a financial coach could have a positive impact on your bottom line. If you’re impacted by a brain-based challenge, like ADHD you could likely benefit from the support of an ADHD coach or professional organizer who specializes in ADHD clients. You may even want to consider a therapist to support you with your emotional work.
Now before you throw out and objection like “that much support is a cop-out,” let me say that seeking support and building a support team is not a cop-out. Instead, seeking support is simply admitting you can’t do everything. (Who can really?) Seeking support is not an admission of weakness, but rather an acknowledgement of your strengths. For example, I am not a lesser person because I don’t clean my house. I know cleaning has never been a strength of mine, and if I’m paying someone to come in every couple of weeks to clean I am freeing up my time to focus on other areas where my strengths lie.
If you feel you could never afford the support you need, I urge you to think about what it’s costing you to not hire the support you need. Would it be worth it for you to pay someone to help you get some procedures in place that resulted in fewer bounced checks and fewer bank fees? What would it be worth to have someone help you set up a budget and learn better money management so you can get ahead financially instead of living paycheck to paycheck? What would it be worth to get better organized so you’re not wasting time looking for things and wasting money re-buying things you have, but can’t find?
So what are some of the benefits to creating a support team for yourself?
First, is having the right person in place when a situation arises. As an organizer coach, I help my clients in lots of ways, but I understand I can’t be all things to my clients, any more than a therapist, personal trainer or financial coach could be all things to the people they work with. Professionals are trained to do different things. So, if my client is also supported by a therapist and in a coaching session begins to struggle with a topic better suited for therapy, I can suggest she brings up the topic with her therapist, instead of just having to decline speaking with her about it. The result; my client is more fully supported.
Another benefit of using a team approach is exposure to different perspectives about your challenges, such as ADHD. For example, each of us who works in the field of ADHD comes at his or her specialty from a slightly different perspective. Those perspectives are molded by personal history with ADHD, educational background and our client experiences. Your ADHD coach, therapist, psychiatrist, etc are all likely to have perspectives they are willing to share with you. You’ll likely become a better advocate for yourself the more you learn from your various team members.
Who’s currently on your support team? Who else might you add to become better supported? Most importantly what might be possible for you with more support?
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of creating a support team give me a call and we can discuss.