Social support is defined as having a network of people that support your endeavors, contribute positively to your decision-making processes, and are there for you when you need help. Scientists have suggested that people with this kind of network around them can transcend even the worst environments and accomplish great things. Unfortunately, people who don’t have this type of network have a harder time accomplishing even modest goals. Remember this: who you are today and who you become in the future has a lot to do with whom you choose to spend your time.
The following questions are designed to assess your level of social support, which strongly influences how well you follow any nutrition or exercise program. Simply answer the questions below by selecting the response most appropriate to your situation. Once you’ve completed all the questions, your score will be calculated. And remember, be honest. You’re doing this exercise to find the areas of your life that might present challenges to your progress.
A word of caution: once you recognize your challenges it’s easy to blame them for your
outcomes. Don’t do this. Outside factors can affect you – if you let them. But you’re in
control. You have the power to place yourself in the right environment, so use it!