by David DeFord
Youth organizations like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the
YMCA use the buddy system to enhance safety. When the
children swim, hike, or enjoy other recreational activities,
they always have a companion by their side. Buddy checks
are held every few minutes to insure that each child has his
buddy by his side.
This practice makes it possible for one child to know when
another needs help. It also lessens the chances of youngster
doing something radically foolish.
Weight Watchers uses a form of the buddy system. They have
an associate record each memberís weight. The associate
provides encouragement, urging or praise as needed.
A mountain climber tethers himself to a buddy. If he loses his
footing, his buddy keeps him from tumbling to his death.
You can use the buddy system to help you keep on the path
toward your lofty goals. Choose a buddy that will challenge
you when you need challenging, encourage you when you
need encouraging, and praise you when you need praising.
Do not choose one who will ridicule or tease you, or who
will entice you to backslide.
By working with a buddy you deepen your commitment to
your goals. When you feel tempted to fall back into old
ways, your buddy can remind you of what you really want.
Your buddy will help you celebrate as you make large and
small victories on the path toward your ultimate goals.
If you have no one with whom you feel that you can safely
confide, you have options.
- Join and post to Online forums
- Correspond with a pen pal
- Write in your journal or diary
- Publish a blog
Increase your effectiveness and your accountability by using
the buddy system. You will certainly make greater strides
toward your dreams.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great make you
feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain
To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart,
and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.
I only wish you could see what I see when I look at you.
If a window of opportunity appears, donít pull down the
shade. Tom Peters
It's easy to count the seeds in an apple, but only God can
count the apples in a single seed. Dr. Robert Schuller
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