A to Z of Successful Expatriation™: S is for SUPPORT

The importance of having a support network in place during a major change in life cannot be overstated.  Whether you are changing jobs, going through transition in your relationships, creating a new business, or moving half way around the world to a place where no one speaks your language – support is as essential as breathing.

Humans for the most part are social animals and we draw our energy from those who surround us.  At times of difficulties and stress it helps us to have a shoulder to either cry on or lean on.  Expats who move on a regular basis know that without this shoulder – either from your spouse/partner, your parents, your dear friends, your coach – those moves would have been much, much harder.

What kind of support network to you have in place now?

How does it support you?  And how does it not support you?

How would you like for it to support you?

One of the support structures that I always recommend is a coach.  While your family, friends, and parents can be an amazing source of support, a coach can also become your champion and your source of accountability.  Ever tried expatriate coaching?  If not, consider giving it a chance.

If individual coaching isn’t something for you at this time, join our Expat Club: 10 Weeks of Wisdom Program. It has been specifically designed around expatriate issues and concerns and it’ll help you feel supported, encouraged, and inspired.  Register for it here.

For all the letters in the A to Z of Successful Expatriation™ click here.

And remember to check out our on-line courses on Culture Shock, 7 Habits of a Happy Expat and on Cross-Cultural Training at the Global Coach Center Academy!

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One response to “A to Z of Successful Expatriation™: S is for SUPPORT

  1. Many are surprised to realize that this is 1 of the most critical skills people need in an overseas assignment. But one that young American employees often lack. I’ve found it vital to help them to understand the support resources they already have, how to tap into them in ways that will help them while overseas, and to teach them a few key skills for building a real support network in their new host country.

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