Whether you're trying to lose weight, train for an event, or just stay on track in order to stay healthy, we all struggle sometimes. The people who are close to you can either hinder or help you through those struggles and can play a huge role in your success. When I think of this I can't help but think of Emmitt Smith's speech when he was inducted into the 2010 NFL Hall of Fame. Emmitt rushed for over 18,000 yards, won three super bowls, and was selected for the Probowl Eight times. He is one of the all-time best running backs ever! However, during his speech, instead of taking all the credit himself, he had fellow fullback Daryl Johnston stand and he graciously thanked him for all the sacrifices he made for Emmitt. Without Daryl, Emmitt would not have accomplished what he had. Daryl helped to block, open up holes, take hits, and give up his own gratifications in order for Emmitt and the team to succeed. I often hear how difficult it is for some people to reach their goals because their spouse or children won't give up the junk food and eat healthy. Or their spouse won't help to watch the kids while the other person goes to exercise. This can make an already difficult road, even more challenging. Imagine pushing a shopping cart across the parking lot; without support from friends/family, that shopping cart probably feels like its filled with rocks and youre going up the side of Mt.Everest. If you do have friends/family that support you and are willing to make their own sacrifices to help you succeed, then thank them again and again and tell them to keep pushing you until you reach your goals. If you don't have that support, then have a sincere talk with the people close to you and let them know you need their help. Maybe they weren't aware this meant so much to you. If you give them the responsibility of helping you to succeed, that will often put ownership on them to not let you down. If you have a few friends that still aren't willing to help, then unfortunately you may need to restrict the amount of time you spend with those people. I can't remember who said it, but the quote goes "you are the average of the five people you hang out with most", so choose people to spend time with that will push you to succeed, not drag you down. And if worse comes to worse, you know that I will be your Daryl Johnston any day of the week! Never hesitate to contact me if you are struggling with your goals and need a quick touchdown to get you back on the winning side!