I don’t have a green thumb, not even a green nail. Each spring, I start out with high ambitions to grow beautiful plants. Unfortunately, my hopes and dreams fail and I give up.
So why now have I reported this once full beautiful fern that I managed to kill. Why do I believe that I can bring it back to life?
My friend, Amy, believes in me and has given me the confidence that I can do it. She is a great example by showing me what she does and gives me encouragement to keep trying. She motivates me.
When designing an exercise program for a busy woman, I find that consistency can be the biggest challenge. That is why what one of my top ten ways to stick to an exercise program is to find a friend who can be that support and accountability partner. Having someone to give encouragement can contribute greatly to the success of a program.
DO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT SUPPORT?
It is easy to give up if you do not have the support of your spouse, children or best friend. Sometimes, they may even be the one, who tries to sabotage your success. If you have found that to be the case for you, find someone else who will be supportive. The right supporter and true friend will
- Believe in you and give encouragement and motivation
- Look to your interest and not their own
- Share your same goals and values, maybe even become a exercise partner to meet for accountability
1 Thessalonians 5:11 describes the type of friend we should have. “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up.”
ARE YOU TRYING TO DO IT ALONE?
We, as women, can not do it alone. I was once guilty of being so busy with life that I neglected my friendships. There was a time I thought is was ok to just have acquaintances and I did not have time to invest in meaningful friendships. Did I miss out? I now understand the need of having the right “girlfriends” who are working toward the same goals.
Because of my natural tendency to fear failure, there are times I might quit in many areas of my life. If those feelings start to surface, I know it is time to reach to my friends like Amy and Heather, who are positive and share the same goals in life. They give me the courage to go ahead.
Are you someone who has neglected investing in true friendships? Are you surrounding yourself with friends who are a support system for you? Finding that person may be your first plan of action when starting a new fitness program. It may be the key to sticking with it.