Updated: Apr 11
During this pandemic I have seen so many people coming together (not literally) to help each other and to think about others. Its crazy that in a time like this that the true color are seen. Thank you to everyone who is going the extra mile to help others be safe and have what they need through this tough time.
That being said I wanted to talk about Teamwork.
Lets first define a team… A group of individuals working together for a common goal/vision. This includes a couple in a relationship, it includes co-worker at work, it includes teammates on a sporting team.
TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE
Here at Mission Self Improvement we have what we call our 5 elements of a TEAM.
The first one.. Dialogue. Talking, COMMUNICATION, being open. As some of you have heard.. communication runs nations. To have a strong team you must communicate. Dialogue keeps team members aligned, it keeps relationships in tact. It allows ideas to flourish and help us all move forward together.
Communication is the true bridge between confusion and clarity.
The second element is TRUST.
A firm believe or to have strength is someone. Now I know how hard it is to trust. Its SOO SOO hard. But understand if you don’t trust your team member you can’t be a strong team.
There are 2 points I want to talk about here.. first… Trust is a choice. Its not their fault you don’t trust them, its yours. Let me say that again.. Trust is a CHOICE.
Second.. Who is perfect? Nobody. We make mistakes, and great team member know and realize that.
Its your role to be a good team member not theirs. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Do you part to trust.
The third artifact is RESPECT. The definition for respect is a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
Respect for me is broken into two aspects. First is the definition above.. the second is being respectful.. This is the common courteous and behaviors of being respectful.
In regards to respect I want to point out that people confuse what respect is and justify how to act when people don’t meet your qualifications or are disrespectful to them.
Just like trust being respectful is a choice.
The second you choose to be disrespectful to your teammate is the second the building blocks fall. Trust, communication and the other artifacts CANNOT be present without respect.
The fourth element is FUN. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it. When fun gets deep enough, it can heal the world.
Fun in a nutshell builds relationships quicker than anything else. It brings walls downs and allows us to grow.
Which brings me to my fifth and final element. GROWTH.
"We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are." - Oprah Winfrey
This is true to us individually and as a team. Growth does a couple things for a team. First, the feeling of being accomplished. As we grow we see and feel the growth.
Growth creates momentum and 80% of your problems can be solved by momentum.
So take some time to think about how good of a team member you are? Think about what you can improve upon.
You can really only change yourself, so make the change today to be a better teammate.
Here at mission self improvement, our passion is improving and changing lives through personal growth. We know that you can be who you want to be and do whatever it is in your life that you want to do.