The road to success is long and it must begin with you.

The harder/longer the road, the greater the reward.

The road to success is filled with potholes and setbacks to weed out the weak, who decide to give up moments before their time. You don’t have to go at it alone. In fact it’s better if you don’t go at it alone, but most people who have friends know just because they are interested in something doesn’t mean their friends will be also.

Today was another frustrating day. Everything seemed to go wrong and as usual. I couldn’t focus and nothing was sticking. I wanted to vent by punching the walls of the house, but I couldn’t. My road to success seemed so tedious and I could think of nothing but that, until I felt a hand lift up my head and a face looked me in the eyes.

“Don’t stress yourself. I know you’re going to make it, just take a step back to relax then go back at it a different way and see what’s missing.”

I know to do that, but sometimes it’s best to hear it from someone else. That’s why one of the best things I believe you can do for yourself to become successful is to get a support group. Also known as a mastermind group or a dream team.

It doesn’t have to be a lot of people. Just two people will do, and if you live a country or area where such a thing is not possible, remember we live in the internet age. Keeping in contact is ten times easier than it used to be back in the 90’s, though I wish I could say the same when it comes to communication.

I believe it was jack Canfield, author of chicken soup for the soul who said he had a support group.

At some point in your journey you will hit a boulder that’s just too heavy to lift by yourself. Having a support group, people who empower you to do your best and look out for your best interest, will be of great help. It’s a great way to share your ideas with other like-minded people who are working to get ahead. Your failures become theirs and theirs yours.

You don’t need to only learn from your mistakes, but from other people’s mistakes. Coming from a variety of backgrounds, will help you get some different viewpoints, which is always good.

If you saw someone get hit by a bus because he just walked out on the street, I bet you won’t think twice to look both ways next time you’re crossing the street.

Tell the members of your group what it is you want to do and they will hold you to it when you get cold feet or feel you can’t do it. It’s another great way to stick to your words if you always break them when alone.

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Do’s and Don’ts

If you decide to start a support group, no matter how big or small, you want to be sure that you are doing things correctly. First is to choose carefully. We all want to hang out with friends, but there’s a time for that. If that said friend doesn’t really want to go anywhere or just talks about what he wants to do, but never does it then that’s not someone you want in the group. Remember you are the 5 friends you hang out with.

 

Extra: A support group doesn’t only have to be for business goals, it could be for whatever you want it to be. Someone out there’s been through what you’re going through.