Different Types of Supporters

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Different Types of Supporters

Different Types of Supporters

Based on your particular goal, you might need different types of supporters to help you. If your goal is to advance in your career, your chief supporter might be your immediate supervisor. Maybe you have a certain financial goal for which you might need to seek the services of a professional consultant.

Recognizing who or what these people or resources are and actively engaging them to help you accomplish your goal will increase your chance of success.

Supporters at Work

Supporters at work can be found at different levels across the organization.

  1. Team members and peers. Your colleagues with whom you work every day can be valuable as a sounding board for your goals. Engage them actively. If your goal is to advocate a new testing methodology, use your colleagues to identify any issues and remove them before you take the proposal to upper management.
  2. Bosses. You can seldom advance in your career without the active support of your boss. If your goal is to advance in your career, make sure your goals are aligned with those of your employer, and then consider telling your boss your goals and asking for his or her assistance.
  3. Office support staff. Never underestimate how the office support staff might help you. These are typically administrative assistants, secretaries, and receptionists. They are often powerful gatekeepers who have access to different departments within the organization.

Professional Supporters

You may want to seek help from professional supporters.

  1. Consultants. Leadership coaches, fitness coaches, and financial consultants are examples of professional consultants. If your goal is to build more financial security for your family, and you don't have any prior experience with financial investments, a good starting point is a financial consultant.
  2. Training. If your goal requires a certain amount of skill in a particular area, you should seek to acquire training. With online training becoming more common these days, you can get practically any training you need over the Internet.

Support Groups

Support groups provide two main benefits. Not only do they provide the needed support in accomplishing your goal, but they also provide a means of making new friends with similar interests as yours.

For example, if you are passionate about running and have a very ambitious goal of running a marathon, one of the smartest things to do is to join a group that's preparing for a marathon. Not only will it remove the monotony of training alone, it will give you access to other people with a similar goal and likely with lots of helpful ideas.