Defining a support system
The term “support system” is commonly used to refer to a person’s network of positive influences. There are several ways to do this, from verbal praise to providing material support for a goal’s completion.
No matter the specifics, though, the point is that having someone there to lean on in times of need is invaluable. In other words, by boosting a person’s morale, they make the goal that person is pursuing seem more within reach.
Cheerleaders for a sports team could be seen as the most direct parallel to a support system. Cheerleaders’ primary functions are to energise the crowd and boost the spirits of the athletes. Therefore, they sing encouraging words to the athletes throughout each game, boosting their sense of competence and self-assurance. A better illustration, though, is when a person’s loved ones step forward to help them during their rehabilitation. Here, the emphasis of the safety net is on reducing the likelihood of failure rather than increasing the likelihood of success. They help people who are recovering manage with stress, triggers, and other challenges to their sobriety.