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Build A Support Network & Have Others Call You Out When You Start To Complain

 The people in your life are important for so many reasons. Those among our inner circle provide us with support, encouragement, and love. You probably do not realize just what a positive impact the people you choose to surround yourself with have on your life. One way in which a support network can be helpful is for accountability. They help you to check yourself when you backslide on your goals. So, if you are working hard to stop complaining, your closest supporters can play a crucial role in making it happen. Let's take a look at how it can work.

About Support Networks

A support network is not a formal type of structure, as in a support group or meeting. It is more a social construct made up of your closest friends, family, colleagues, and peers. Anyone you see or are in contact with on a regular basis and whom you consider to be important to you in a positive way can be among this group of people. These folks can come into your life in various circumstances. Their meaning to you and your interactions with them can vary. The common factor between those within your network is that they are supportive to you emotionally or in other ways.

Examples of These Individuals

You might call your core group of three or four friends to arrange a time to hangout after a long, stressful week. Perhaps you give your sister a call when you are experiencing difficult personal issues. Even a colleague can make up your support network and provide a bit of a buffer when things are crazy at work. Many people find supportive people among their extra-curricular activities such as church, the gym, or an organized club. The examples are countless.

How They Can Help

Having a support network can give you a real sense of security and belonging, knowing you are not alone in the world and that there are people who are ready to help when times get hard. This aspect alone is quite powerful and can contribute to your levels of contentment. Your support network can also help you along the way toward reaching that place. They can provide you with the accountability you need to reach all the smaller objectives you have on your path. One of those objectives is likely to cut down your complaining. Let people within your network know about this plan. Tell them they can assist you by gently nudging you when they hear you complain. Quite often, we do not even notice our bad habits. A reminder from someone we trust can set us back on track.

Never underestimate the importance of a support network. These people can mean the world when struggling, and they can set you on the right course when you get a little lost.

 

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10 comments

  • Great tips! I don’t complain often and when I feel I need to complain about something I try to think of something positive first. I didn’t realize I have a support group with a few very special friends but we can talk about things that bother us and it really does help.

    Martha
  • I completely agree with you about the power of a support group! I have certainly found that to be powerful in my life. And it’s true that they can help with accountability.

    Jeanine Byers
  • This is a great article. “Have someone call you out when you start to complain!” What a self-challenge charge for everyone who wants to be accountable for their lives, business, ministry, career, growth.

    Ginger London
  • Support systems are so important. I have some friends from 20 years ago — call them up and it’s like no time has passed! My parents were a big parent of my support system but they have both passed within the last 2 years. My friends and husband and are stepping into that space.

    Dominique Walton Brooks
  • I am lucky to have three or four fantastic friends. To some degree, they so function. To a larger degree- now that I am no longer encumbered by my ex-wife, I rarely need such assistance. My brother, however, makes routine withdrawals from my emotional reserves.

    Roy A Ackerman, PhD, EA

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