For those of us who have set goals in our lives, achieving those goals can seem daunting at times. When our work piles up and we feel overwhelmed, it is easy to push our goals to the side and tell ourselves, "I'll do that tomorrow". When the kids seem out of control, staying up late to spend an hour on your work almost makes you laugh with hysteria. And when this work is tackled alone, without the help of a great team around you, accomplishing what you've set out to do can become an even bigger challenge.
Today's post will focus on four main reasons why you should strive to build a team around you while you strive for success. As I've mentioned in previous blog posts, your definition of success may vary greatly from your friends and family. It can range from monetary success to physical achievement. Your goal may be to travel to 10 different countries by your 30th birthday or to complete a marathon within the next 12 months. Whatever your goal, having the right team around you can make an enormous impact on not only your performance but also your mindset. Here are four important reasons why:
I want to start the topic of motivation with a quote from New York Times Bestselling author Jim Collins. In his book Good To Great, Collins writes, "Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life". I found this quote to be very moving and inspirational because of its profound implications for millions of people. When discussing the impact of great teams on personal success, I found this quote to be quite applicable. Having men and women around you on a daily basis that are filled with inspiration and commitment will left your standards for your life. Seeing others work hard for success will inevitably kick your inner drive in gear, and you will begin to develop the same habits and commit to the same level of excellence. If you and your team are working towards that marathon, they'll keep you committed for your run at 5:00 am and prevent you from saying, "No, I'll do it tomorrow". If your goal is to start a business, your team will make sure you stay focused on the task at hand instead of pursuing unproductive avenues.
Building the right team can be a challenge. You must seek those who inspire you and force you to work harder, and that can be a scary endeavor. But if you truly want to achieve that goal and have it create something lasting in your life, you must take this leap and work to bring together a great group of individuals.
2. A Collection of Knowledge
You may be an intelligent individual, but you cannot compete against four or five minds working together to complete a task. Every individual you meet brings new experiences, thoughts, and opinions to your team, and you should be open to the idea of integrating these ideas into your work. The knowledge available to you is truly limitless, and your goal as a team member should be to tap that knowledge and use it to the best of your ability to increase the team's performance.
I'm a strong believer in brainstorming with a team, as I've experienced tremendous results myself whenever I've brought my team together. The production process mirrors the reproduction of rabbits. Once an idea appears, the team takes it, churns it over in their minds for a brief moment, discusses it, and then suddenly two or three more ideas pop forward. And then two or three more appear out of nowhere. Before you know it, you are surrounded by new suggestions and ideas, all build upon each other and more efficient than the last.
3. Lighten the Load
Noble goals come with the need for tremendous amounts of work. Anything that is work achieving cannot be accomplished overnight, and that is why having a supportive and hardworking team can be such a wonderful asset. There will be times in your journey when you feel defeated, when the work piles up and you simply don't know how you will complete all of it on time. This is when you must turn to your team and ask for assistance. Delegate...That's a scary word for many who strive for success. Believe me when I say that I struggle with delegating some of my bigger tasks, but it's something that I'm working on and it's something that you must learn to do if you ever want to be successful with a team.
The benefits of sharing a workload are plenty. First, you alleviate your own stress levels and lighten the burden that rests on your shoulders. Second, if you properly delegate certain tasks to your team, you integrate them into your workflow process and allow them to acquire new and exciting skills they can use later on to further the group's cause. Finally, it is simply easier and more fun to work with others who are also passionate about the overall goal.
4. Team Success Outweighs Personal Success
Another quote that I've come to love reads, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together". I don't know the original creator of this quote, but it speaks volumes to the importance of teams. For those who have visions for their lives, who strive for a greater definition of success, it often feels as if you must Go! Go! Go! all of the time. Choose a goal, lay out of plan of action, and begin. There is no time to waste, right? Well, while this mindset will certainly produce results quickly, having a team built around you who will also work your plan of action will produce even greater results. The time it takes to reach the success may increase (in fact, I can almost guarantee that it will) but the victory you taste when you finally reach your end goal will be that much sweeter with the right people by your side.
Do not disregard the importance of a strong team. Find these individuals, bring them on board with whatever it is that you wish to accomplish, commit to excellence, and begin. You must hold yourself to as high a standard as you hold your team, and you must be patient. If you do this, you will see the rewards of having worked together as apposed to tackling your goals alone. Bringing success to others is far more importance than succeeding as an individual.