How your dream team af­fects your well­be­ing

Great Health Guide - - CONTENTS - Me­gan McGrath

All of us need a good sup­port net­work. Our lives are made all the bet­ter by hav­ing peo­ple to help us out when we need it. When we de­cide and are com­mit­ted to change, it is vi­tal to have the right peo­ple around us to en­cour­age, sup­port and cel­e­brate our suc­cess. This is what I like to call a ‘Dream Team’ – they are peo­ple who gen­uinely care and want the best for us. These peo­ple want to see us achieve our goals and ful­fil our po­ten­tial. Whilst some peo­ple lift, nur­ture and en­cour­age us, oth­ers can have the op­po­site ef­fect. These are the peo­ple who might shoot down your idea, lead you astray or are just plain un­sup­port­ive. They are the peo­ple that want you to keep drink­ing with them, putting on weight with them; they might want you to con­tinue smok­ing with them. They will sab­o­tage your ef­forts be­cause it is un­com­fort­able for them to see you step up. For you to suc­ceed shines a light on their own in­se­cu­ri­ties.


Our well­be­ing is cer­tainly in­flu­enced by those around us so it is im­por­tant for us to sur­round our­selves with a team of peo­ple that cul­ti­vate healthy and pos­i­tive be­hav­iour. If we can keep this in mind we can have greater in­sights into the qual­ity of our in­ter­ac­tions and their en­er­getic ef­fect on us. We need to choose our team care­fully – as they will help us strive or wilt.

I en­cour­age all my clients to choose a ‘Dream Team’. In my ex­pe­ri­ence they are cru­cial in sup­port­ing a per­son achieve pos­i­tive and last­ing change. Our team in­spire us to be a bet­ter per­son, can pro­vide us with mo­ti­va­tion to achieve our goals, em­power us to make changes, hold us ac­count­able and are happy for our suc­cess.


that en­rich our lives. They Pos­i­tivemight be: peo­ple

• fam­ily mem­bers

• friends

• co work­ers

• men­tor/coach

These peo­ple see the po­ten­tial in you, even when you are hav­ing trou­ble your­self.


Tell peo­ple that they are part of your team, al­low your­self to be vul­ner­a­ble, share your dreams, goals and de­sires. In many cases it might be help­ful to tell your team what sup­port you need. Don’t ex­pect them to nec­es­sar­ily know your needs un­less you are spe­cific. Our jour­ney to well­ness can be made so much bet­ter by hav­ing peo­ple to be strong when we are weak and of­fer per­spec­tive when we feel lost.

I would chal­lenge you to have the courage to ask for sup­port, to ac­knowl­edge that we are stronger when we to lean in. Sur­round your­self with peo­ple who are go­ing to cul­ti­vate this new, healthy, pos­i­tive change you want.

Me­gan McGrath has a Health Sci­ence de­gree, is a pro­fes­sional ac­cred­ited Well­ness Coach and cer­ti­fied Fit­ness Trainer. Me­gan is pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing and em­pow­er­ing women to­wards achiev­ing healthy, bal­anced and ful­fill­ing lives. She is the Founder of Chasing Sunrise – a Health and Well­ness con­sul­tancy.

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