As we wind down this year, I have been reflecting on a fundamental truth that often gets lost in the hustle of everyday life: we all need support. This support isn’t a one-size-fits-all concept; it’s a deeply personal and individualized need that takes on different forms for each of us. I want to emphasize the significance of granting yourself the invaluable gift of support while recognizing that the nature of this support is as diverse as we are.
In our work lives, support can take on various forms. It might be the guidance of a mentor who helps navigate your career path, a colleague offering a sympathetic ear during challenging times, or a supervisor who recognizes and nurtures your potential. As we prepare to step into a new year, it’s important to actively seek out and cultivate these sources of support for yourself.
However, the need for support extends well beyond the confines of the workplace. In the coming year, let’s empower ourselves to explore and embrace the support we require in our personal lives. This support could involve strengthening connections with friends and family, revitalizing old bonds, or forging new ones. It may also mean reaching out to a counselor or a coach; we sometimes need to recognize the deep-rooted beliefs holding us back. A trained professional’s support can help you pull out those deep roots and build from that rich soil underneath.
Another way we can provide self-love is in the form of intentional self-care practices—moments of solitude, engagement in activities that bring joy, and a commitment to nourishing our physical and mental well-being. These things build a foundation that can support us during challenging times.
Like the last few years, the year has felt like a rollercoaster of challenges and triumphs. Amidst the chaos, we must have compassion for ourselves and the grace to acknowledge our vulnerabilities and embrace the strength that comes from seeking and receiving support.
Let’s commit to fostering a culture of support within our professional and personal lives in the coming year. Actively tune in to your needs and the needs of others, offering your support generously and creating an environment where everyone can thrive. Recognize that seeking and receiving support is not a sign of weakness but a powerful demonstration of wisdom and strength. It’s a two-way street where, in supporting others, you also create a space for your growth.
In conclusion, as we approach the turning of the calendar to a new year, let’s make a collective resolution to prioritize support. Gift yourself support in whatever form that takes for you and the understanding that seeking help is not only acceptable but a proactive step toward personal and professional well-being.
Abby Gorman, the owner and founder of Symplexi Employee Development, started her career over two decades ago in the Newspaper industry where she dedicated herself to cultivating and nurturing robust teams. Throughout her professional journey, Abby recognized the immense value of empowering individuals to reach their full potential. Driven by her unwavering commitment to personal and professional growth, she embarked on her own transformative path, becoming a certified life, development, and trauma-informed coach. With a wealth of life and business experience, Abby has merged her expertise and collaborates with companies to grow and empower their teams.