Can You trust you? Have you ever attempted the trust fall exercise? Where you stand on an elevated place, then with your eyes closed and back turned you fall backward into the arms of friends you hope you can trust to catch you. I have to tell you every time I’ve done it, even though I know I Can trust the people who are going to catch me, I still get that queasy feeling, “what if I fall?” Trust is a tricky thing, it truly requires a giving of yourself over to others.
What if I ask you to do it, with no one there to catch you? How ridiculous, right? You would say, “No, Im not stupid”. I would never do that, because I can’t catch myself.” Hmm, think about that, “I can’t catch myself.” But isn’t that exactly what we’re doing, when we refuse to be a part of the team. When we stand a part from the team to achieve for ourselves, with no concern about the team, or when we think we don’t need anyone else to accomplish the things we want, we are playing the trust fall, with only ourselves to catch us. What happens next, is going to hurt.
In all seriousness the fastest way to get hurt, or fail, or not accomplish what you want, is to miss the fact that you can’t do it on your own. I know, we like to think we can, but any great vision, any great dream that has ever existed requires a team.
What Exactly is the Power of We?
“The Power of WE” is the understanding that there is a massive amount of power to succeed, when we understand “WE” is stronger, smarter, faster, more creative, productive, successful, and adds more value than “ME.”
It is the ability to realize that “WE” are better together.
The mindset of “WE OVER ME”, or “TOGETHER WE ARE BETTER” are more than just colloquialisms. They’re practical principles that help us take some of those natural tensions that come with working with others and turn them to our advantage.
That is the Power of “WE.”
The power of “WE” cuts through the complication of team conflict and uses the necessary tensions to create an understanding of interdependence.
“I” can be powerful but “WE” has a multiplication factor. “I” is incremental accomplishment while “WE” is exponential in its progress.
EXCHANGE THE “ME” MINDSET FOR THE “WE” MINDSET.
A few years ago, I felt compelled to do something for parents at the start of the school year. Especially folks who may be struggling financially. So much is required at that time of the year, in the way of school clothes, sports physicals, Medical screenings, hair cuts, school supplies, backpacks, and then all the other regular expenses of running a home. It is an intense time and can be very difficult for the family.
And honestly the thought of a student going to school and not being able to focus on academics because they are wearing the wrong size shoes, or they are concerned if they are going to get to participate or God forbid their hungry. So I put together a plan Called iheartcanyon, and we were just going to do it as a church. However, I got an inspired idea, I believe from the Lord in prayer. “Get the other churches involved.” it Just so happened that the pastors network were looking for some way to pull churches together and help the impoverished
and when I presented the idea to them, it was an immediate yes. Wow! I was blown away. the first year, we helped 5-700 students, last year we helped over 1500 students. This is because we are better together. The event is awesome, but my favorite part of it every year is the rally the night before when all the churches and Pastors come together with over 500 serve team members and worship together, pray together and show the world, that together we are better.
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Trading the “me” mindset for the “we” mindset sounds like a simple concept, but truthfully it is a difficult proposition.
It requires a dismantling of ego.
It requires us to value the Goal much higher Than our role.
It requires us to realize what we are doing is not about me, it is about us, and even more importantly its about our purpose.
Me says I want it my way.
We says, I can work with my team mates to develop our way, realizing it will become better than my way.
Me says, I will be recognized.
We says, recognition doesn’t matter nearly as much as accomplishment.
Me is trying to make a point
we is trying to make a difference.
In order for us to achieve purpose at a higher level, trading the me mindset with the we mindset is imperative.
In this “Power of We” blog series we will deal with several more mindset exchanges, that will lift your thinking and empower you to make the leap to a team driven concept.
You may be doing well by yourself, but you could be doing amazing things with a team.