We Can’t Reach Our Goals as Lone Wolves. We Need Support.
Humans are not meant to go it alone or fly solo. We need community and connection. Not even if you consider yourself a deep thinker, philosopher, creator or some other being that’s stereotyped as the lone wolf — you are not meant for isolation. Besides, someone has to admire that work of art you just produced.
Truth: If you want to blaze an authentic path and make your dreams come true, you’ll need a support network or a team. This network consists of people who make you laugh, make you think, challenge you and inspire you, all of which contributes to your success. The vision you have for the life you want to lead, the career you want to hold, the dreams you want to actualize, require other people. You can’t do any of it alone. You need people. We all do.
The good news is we have far more team members at our fingertips than we realize. Too often the people I coach draw a blank when I ask the question: “Who is going to help you get across the finish line?” Suddenly, it’s like they don’t know people and they’ve been living on a deserted island with only a volleyball named Wilson as their one and only true friend.
What’s happening is they hear the word ‘team’ and they think it means the people they have to hire or is limited to those they work with in the office. And for some, thinking about hiring or their colleagues, triggers their gag reflex. Your team doesn’t have to be all formal like that.
A member of your team might be your mentor or the unpaid advisor on the board of directors that you know, like, and trust. You might consider your financial advisor or accountant a part of your team even if you only use them once or twice a year. Your best friend or power partner can be a part of your team.
In my book, if you trust them, they align with your values, and they help you advance your big hairy audacious goals then they are a part of your team. Plus, let’s not forget that you may have multiple teams. You may have one that is for business…