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6.11.2019 Newark Penn Station, NJ

There’s a lot, so much, to say about this picture, but thanks to Fergie aka Sir Alex – I see 11 players ⚽️. 11 players coming out to perform what they’ve been trained to do, to fix and deliver the game plan together, as one unit. Individually they have their own stories, personalities, hobbies, struggles but, while wearing their gear and boots – they are all the same, on the same platform, with the same purpose and goal.

I had a rough day earlier this week and ended up on a few wrong trains with my head in a million different places but I finally stopped to decide where I was ultimately going and when I decided I would go home to regroup I got the opportunity to catch this view. In a moment when I just wanted to figure things out alone, the universe put in front of me a vision and reminder of my core values that are composed of a having a foundation of team dynamics. And here I was trying not to reach out to my teammate(s), trying not to bother them. Having the ability of doing everything alone but deciding that everything could be done better with the right team is a powerful mental asset to attain. I know this, I preach this, I’ve been researching and observing the importance of team work and dynamics for years and apply it to my life every minute. A Team composed of 2, 11, 22 all require one common ground and purpose to be successful. But, in all instances there will be moments when your individualism kicks in and you may think it’s better to be or perform alone. Those moments are pivotal to acknowledge your strengths and worth and decide whether you are going to remove yourself or your going to make sure your team grows with you. The latter requires more work but from experience, building and maintaining consistent team dynamic is the most rewarding. So I went home, where my β€œfield of dreams” has been built bc I knew my team would eventually come and would work with me to get through the current adversity.

Take a look at your Team, whether it’s at work, home, or while hanging out and ask yourself this (beginning with yourself and then everyone else). Am I listening? Am I learning? Am I ever leading? Then ask yourself, Are we listening to each other? Are we learning from each other? and lastly, are we leading each other? Having the courage to answer no and taking the stand to change that isn’t easy but it will make your coming days easier. Sometimes we get the chance to be part of great teams that offer us all the right tools and we don’t realize we’re not offering the same in return- we’ve become baggage. So, are you being a team player? Now, if you say yes to all three questions, you’re the vision to envy and probably people use your team as motivation – you’re at the #1 spot but for how long? How do you keep your Team that successful? Thinking of the long run is overwhelming but life give us seasons for just that – to work in intervals with reps. Repetition is key, team work is vital, and lastly, behavior is everything.

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