By John J. Murphy
Behind every winner is a great coach. In front of every superstar is a positive role model. Alongside every great achiever are caring people offering encouragement, support and able assistance. It’s true – the greatest accomplishments in life are achieved by people pulling together for a common good. Embrace this truth and behold the power of teamwork!
Stop and think for a moment about any great success or achievement you have experienced in life. Perhaps you reached a goal that you doubted at first, or maybe you accomplished something far beyond your expectation. How did you do this? Did you do it alone? Was there absolutely no one to help you along the way? Chances are, you found yourself vulnerable and possibly even weak and discouraged from time to time. This is the yin that always precedes and follows the yang in life. To know up, we must know down. To understand positive, we must experience negative. To feel good, we must know what it is like to feel bad. Without contrast, we cannot know anything. Thus, everything in the universe is in perfect harmony and balance. Every problem has a solution. Every cause has an effect. Great leaders, coaches, parents, teachers, mentors and team members know this. They see the silver linings and they help us become believers – especially in times of doubt. With this positive energy and enlightened perspective, they shine light along our pathways giving us hope in times of darkness and despair. They challenge us to let go of our fears and doubts and step up to new challenges, uncovering potential we never knew we had. This is the ultimate test of humanity – rising to levels of consciousness we never knew we had. Of course, it is up to us to allow and embrace this process.
All too often, the ego gets in the way, resisting help from others and alternative perspectives. The ego is that part of the mind that thinks “I know what to do” or “I don’t need any help.” Beware of this barrier to success. When we let go of ego, we “let flow” with positive energy and teamwork. We open ourselves up to limitless possibilities with the help, insight and collaboration of others. We get closer to recognizing the ultimate oneness that we all share. With honest, genuine teamwork, we feel the source of life!
John Murphy is a spiritual mystic serving as a business consultant, leadership development teacher, process improvement expert and management coach. He is the founder of Venture Management Consultants, Inc., and author of numerous books including Pulling Together: 10 Rules for High Performance Teamwork.