Now my team at Blue Sky are no doubt sighing, here he goes again… he’s going to lever sports analogies into his blog again. Yep, no apologies guys! To succeed in sport, it’s always important to have the right team around you. At least I didn’t mention that there is a capital ‘T’ in Team… oops , I just have!
This blog isn’t about sport though; it’s about encouraging you to live life to the full. To be the best you can be by surrounding yourselves with great team-mates.
Let me ask you a question:
What’s your legacy? What would you like to be remembered for?
Not easy is it.
I would like to explore further. Is what you have answered exceptional? If not, what would you have to do to leave an exceptional legacy?
I believe all of us would like to be remembered for having an exceptional impact on others, but actually doing it is another thing all together.
When I work with clients I encourage them to make the most of opportunities and not to put things off. Inertia is not our friend. Nobody on their deathbed ever said “I’m glad I put things off!”
Living well is all about grabbing opportunities and making things happen.
The most common response I receive from clients when talking about a lack of fulfilment is “a lack of quality time”. In the past two weeks, two prospective clients have delayed making decisions because of not having enough time. We have one client who works so hard for a large corporate that despite paying us an engagement fee they still haven’t had time to sort out their basic financial arrangements, 7 months on. They haven’t enough time to look after their future!
Being busy though is an excuse. I like this article from Kristin Tucker, she says:
“Busyness is not a virtue, it’s an error in perspective. It’s easy to think that quantity of activities is quality. It allows us to avoid meaningful interactions, commitments etc… Work smarter, not harder and enjoy your life, people interactions and activities”.
I also like the comments made by James Clear when he says “I’m sure we all want our lives to matter. We all want to live a satisfying, fulfilling and purposeful life”. To make this happen I agree with James, you have to create the right team around you. Not just at work, not just at home but across all aspects of your life. It’s important to create your own tribe. Surround yourself with positive people. Don’t let others drain your energy and enthusiasm.
So, how do people on your team support you? How do they help you achieve your goals? Are you building your legacy with their help?
James goes on to say “thinking about your life as a team sport forces you to realise an important lesson; your life is dramatically impacted by the people around you. Life is a shared experience and for this reason, the people around you need to be part of your plan.”
If you are going to fulfil your potential you need a strong team around you.
Gary Neild B.Sc.Hons. DipIP PFA