So, as you know, or don’t know, I am a college student. “Will Work. Won’t Settle” is my platform and my business. Getting a college degree for me has been a lifelong goal for me so I am pursuing my degree online.
So what’s treading on my nerves? Teamwork.
In my former life (years ago), I used to hear the word “team” and cringe. I actually enjoy working alone. Also, I came from a world where I had to depend on myself a lot so maybe it was a “way of life” that I adapted like a rule to live by: “Don’t trust other people with your dreams or success!” I’d like to retract that statement, but not right now…..
As a college student, we are constantly, as a requirement, grouped into teams. When I found this out, I got a big know in my chest. My mind went to that place where I just was not comfortable working in teams with my success depending on others. My first team, in my first class was awesome so that led me to believe that I was totally overreacting to the team requirements. With the next two classes, I learned that my reaction was appropriate. Little or no group interaction which left me to organize the group activities, track everyone down to see if they had their part completed and ultimately, doing everything myself recently. This is why I find it difficult buying into the “group” thing.
I would like to retract now.
No, I am not wishy-washy or on some middle ground. The truth is that life is a group project. Anyone with any level of success worked with at least one other person to get to that point. Also, in corporate America, the team format has caught wildfire. A team environment fosters sharing and learning. Sharing with and learning from one another increases efficiency in getting things done and creates a company culture where employees can learn new skills and knowledge from their teammates. Point blank: Teamwork does make the dream work.
Teamwork Eating at You?
Open Your Heart and Mind
Keep an open heart and mind when in a team environment. You may have fears and judgment but usually negativity breeds negativity. “Don’t start none, won’t be none!”
You need support and so do others. I believe that God put us here to support each other in everything that we do in life. In most situations, including a family environment, you will be involved in a team.
Focus on Your Team Etiquette
Are you a great team member? Can other people count on you to do your part? Are you bringing negativity or positivity to the group? Are you listening? Are you supportive?
If all else fails, take it on as a challenge. If it is something that you MUST do then make the commitment to do your best and give your best. You cannot control others but you can control yourself.