Confidence Booster Series: Collaboration
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford
This week’s focus is to look at ways you can work collaboratively with others towards a common goal or initiative. Collective energy can be an excellent way to boost confidence and create a feeling of empowerment.
It’s not always easy to work with others. Sometimes bringing different personalities together can create challenges. In the end, these difficult interactions can make it more enticing to want to work solo. However, engaging in teamwork creates the perfect opportunity to view things from different perspectives and expand our horizons. Not only that, it’s a great chance to set our egos aside and be a part of something bigger than ourselves.
It’s extremely empowering to learn to work with people who we may normally clash with. It’s interesting to see what happens when we approach these interactions with curiosity and a willingness to grow, rather than taking things so personally. I have found that when I open myself up to be curious instead of guarded, I end up learning more about others. Instead of viewing differences as positive or negative, I end up appreciating others for their uniqueness. The truth of it is, we all have great things to bring to the table and when we come together united towards a common goal, we can create the most amazing things.
I love witnessing young people take the initiative to work together. Children so often want to help and be a part of something where they end up feeling good about their strengths and abilities. The above photo was taken recently at the beach after a long fun-filled day spent with a couple of my good girlfriends and our kids.
Instead of loading ourselves up with all of the bags, shovels, towels and other ‘beach paraphernalia’ as Moms so often do; we enlisted the help of our younger counterparts. Then we watched in delight as they figured out how to get the ‘supply’ wagon back to the car. The best part was, not only did they figure out how they were going to make it happen, they made it look like so much fun the entire time. There was a lot of giggling, shuffling and even a proud warrior with a rather large stick bringing up the rear doing some kind of a team chant!
Sure there may have been moments when I had to cover my eyes to ease my worry that the fast moving wagon topped with a three year old, may tumble over on its side; but all in all it was a great illustration of what collaboration in the purest form looks like. Children are great instructors for reminding us what it looks like to approach things uninhibited with a thirst for adventure.
So this week, put yourself in situations where collaboration with others is required. It could be at work, at home or in a team setting. Perhaps it will be enlisting in something new that’s completely out of your comfort zone. Have fun with it, practice keeping an open mind and be sure to share your gifts with others.
Believe in Yourself – ❤ Emily
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