Why we need to assemble a cheer squad to help us confidently reach our goals
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others. ~ African Proverb
Setting out towards our goals can be a lonely road. Or it can be a path lined with supporters cheering us on.
Whether it is family, friends, colleagues, mentors, coaches or our professional network, there are many benefits to bring others on our quest towards our goals.
Here are 7 reasons why we should assemble a cheer squad to help us reach our goals.
When we share our goals with others they can help keep us accountable. This is particularly true for those who thrive on external accountability, or feel a desire not to let others down. Sharing our goals is an invitation for others to ask us about our progress, which encourages us to maintain momentum.
For example, I shared with many people my idea about creating a blog before I started it. I had the idea and the enthusiasm for it, but I knew telling others about it would help me. I didn’t want to be seen to be a ‘failure’ and I wanted to show others that I had what it takes to start a blog.
Many hands make light work, so the saying goes. When we share what we are working on we create the opportunity for others to ask how they can assist us.
Their personal involvement in our pursuit can help with dividing tasks. Or they may take on other tasks that free our time to focus on the most critical components that only we can do.
It is better to get those closest to us on board with our dreams, than holding us back. By communicating clearly what we are doing and what we will need to get there, we are breaking down barriers before they even present themselves.
This is especially true for our partners. If you think they are going to be a barrier, for example, a competition for your time, then bring them in. Ask them to be part of your journey to success.
For example, let your partner know that you are trying to achieve X, and to do this you will need time on weekends for the next month to devote to your goals. Ask if they can support you with this. This is a much better approach than not communicating your needs, then spending time on the weekends working away while your partner feels you are neglecting them and their needs. Being upfront removes the barrier before we get to it.
Discussing our goals and challenges with others opens us up to alternate ideas and perspectives. We may not even realise we have an opportunity to improve our approach or have a problem to solve until we share our goals with others.
These fresh ideas and different perspectives can help take our approach from good to great.
On the path toward achieving our goals there can be many bumps and hurdles on the way. What better way to navigate through these challenges than to learn from someone else’s experience and mistakes.
We can seek advice from a mentor, someone who has ‘been there, done that’. The lessons a mentor can share with us may help us avoid mistakes or improve our action plan.
Our mentors care about our success. They want to see us achieve our goals. Why not ask them some questions or discuss our plan and get some expert advice and feedback that could change the way we go forward, for the better.
Two heads are better than one. Our cheer squad can multiply our effectiveness when we collaborate with others. The results of two people working on a single pursuit are far greater than individuals working on two different pursuits separately.
We can share the load, leverage our strengths and encourage each other to go on. This can result in better quality outcomes or increased productivity.
Being part of someone else’s cheer squad can be an energising and uplifting experience. Imagine the pride and joy you would feel if you saw one of your friends reaching their goal. Even better if you were part of their journey to success, by offering help, advice, encouragement or support.
You can take inspiration from the achievement of others to energise you on your path.
Assemble Your Cheer Squad
Now you know the reasons why assembling a cheer squad is good for your goals. What are you going to do next? Who can you approach and ask to be part of your journey? How can they best help you on your way?
The only way you will know is by asking. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.
So, assemble your cheer squad. Line your path with encouraging, helpful and motivating people who are keen to see you succeed. Look at you go!