All Aboard! Keeping Life on Track
First, you have to build your “dream” team of like-minded individuals of women and men who are willing to support you with structure. You’re like the “The Little Engine That Could” and you need a team of toys and other engines to help push you over the mountain top.
Your team should include individuals with the following five traits:
- Is organized and knows how to create a functional time line
- Has contacts and connections that can help you find the resources you need to achieve your dream
- Sees the value of your dream and is willing to call you to task to accomplish it
- Won’t let you “slide” because you are too tired or distracted
- Is willing to listen to you whine and complain when it just isn’t working
Keep the lines of communication open with your team and to have a plan.
- Invite them to lunch or coffee for an initial meeting.
- Share your goal and assign someone to each role – advisor, mentor, sounding board, accountability coach, organizer, or connector.
- Schedule a time once a week or twice a month when you will check in with them about your progress. You can do this collectively or individually by phone, in person or via e-mail.
- Honor their time and yours – be sure to show up when you say you will and have done what you committed to – don’t expect them to keep you focused if you aren’t willing to make the effort.
- Excuses stop here – frustration, angst, anxiety are allowed, but no more excuses.
Mary Elizabeth Murphy is CEO of S.T.A.R. Resources and author of RESET Your Buttons®. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 704-535-5610. Follow her on www.facebook.com/STAR-Resources and at @star_resources on Twitter.