You don’t have to do it
alone and you shouldn’t. The stronger your team, the more unstoppable you are.
“You can make it, but it’s
easier if you don’t have to do it alone.” Betty Ford
“Will you help me? Those are
the only words you need to say, and someone will help you.” Tom Harken
“You can’t do it all
yourself, Don’t be afraid to rely on others to help you accomplish your goals.”
“It’s easier to be ignorant and say I don’t know
about the problem. But once you know, once you’ve seen it in their eyes, then
you have a responsibility to do something. There s strength in numbers, and if
we all work together as a team, we can be unstoppable.” Craig K.
“The young do not know
enough to be prudent/careful, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and
achieve it, generation after generation.” Pearl S.
“If you don’t know
something, don’t be afraid to ask for help.” Gertrude
“The most important thing
about establishing goals is to make sure they are important to other people in
addition to you” Billy Payne
Personal Action Plan: Building Your Team
Behind every great achiever
is another achiever. No one attains greatness by themselves. Once you’ve
committed yourself to becoming unstoppable, you can begin to draw on the vast
number of people and resources that can help you.
Step 1: Identify Role
Models for Strength and Inspiration
The unstoppable people were
inspired by all sorts of individuals: great leaders from the past, people who
achieved excellence in a particular field. Inspirational role models
demonstrate what’s possible and provide an invaluable source of motivation,
strength, and hope.
Arnold Schwarzenegger found
hi role model, Peg Park, in a bodybuilding magazine. Peg was the powerful
person in bodybuilding at that time, and Arnold dreamed of having huge muscles
like Peg’s. Arnold learned everything he could about Peg – his training
routine, diet, and lifestyle. The more he learned about Peg and followed his
example, the more Arnold
realized it was possible for him to become like Peg.
Create your own Gallery of Unstoppable Role Models.To create your gallery, first identify three
or four individual who truly inspire you. Find pictures of these people and
hang the pictures in a place where you spend quiet time for reflection. When
challenging situation or feeling discouraged, look at the pictures of your role
models. Draw strength from their spirit. Remind yourself that they have been where
you are and that they prevailed. If they prevailed, so can you!
“The capacity for hope is
the most significant fact of life. It gives human beings a sense of destination
and the energy to get started.” Norman Cousins
Step 2: Inventory Your
You’re Only a Phone Call Away from ANYONE.
There’s a saying that anyone
is only a six people from the president. You know someone who knows someone who
knows someone… right up to the Palace. And if you’re only six people away from
the president, you’re only six people away from anyone you want to meet,
whether it’s corporate CEO, a celebrity whose help you’d like to enlist to
support a cause.
Draw on Your Existing
People like doing business
with people they like, and they also like helping people they like. “If you
don’t have a big name, borrow one.”
Make a list of all your contacts. Think of everyone you know and have done
business with right up to the CEO of a company that has been a past client.
Design a strategy that best uses your contacts. Maybe you’d like someone to make
a phone call on your behalf, refer you to a contact in a particular industry,
or write a letter of endorsement.
Step 3: Develop Your Own
The relationships were
developed over years of invested time and energy. Networking is a skill that is
never taught in school but is absolutely crucial if your dream requires the
support of others. What ever your goal is, the principles are the same.
Everyone can benefit from their own inner circle.
“From the beginning of time,
those who became leaders were not necessarily the strongest or fiercest…but
those with the most friends or connections.”
Find Candidates for Your “Inner Circle”
The absolute best place to find caring, action-oriented people is at nonprofit
organizations. The board of directors of most nonprofit, comprise corporate
executives, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. No matter how busy you may
be, if you’re not involved in a nonprofit, you are missing a great opportunity
to invest in people. Identify a nonprofit that compliments your purpose and
passion. Volunteer for a committee. By giving of your time and resources,
you’ll gain the opportunity to make a difference in your community and meet
great people you might not have ordinarily come in contact with.
Professional associations and
conventions: People gather from all over the country
to share ideas, methods, and techniques at industry conventions. These meeting
offer an excellent forum to make a new connections and personally meet top
achievers in almost any field. Do your research. After identifying the industry
or field you want to pursue, go to the library or go on-line with your computer
and look up the associations listed under that category. Call the association
and request an information kit along with a list of upcoming conventions,
seminars, and available publications and other materials. Identify the people
you most want to meet, attend the meetings, and introduce yourself. Don’t be
Your existing place of employment:
If you are currently working for a corporation, don’t miss a valuable
opportunity to maximize your existing resources. Every employee has a title and
a job description. Unfortunately, many employees refuse to do anything outside
of their job description. If you want to grow and become unstoppable, you must
step “out of the box” and move beyond the confines of your job description.
Think of opportunities that you could develop more fully. How could you
maximize the job you currently have? What special projects could you volunteer
to lead? Whom do you admire in your company and want to learn from? Step
outside the “box.” No one will create these opportunities for you. You have to
Find a coach:
Personal coaches are becoming a unique profession of the 1990s. Coaches work
with all types of individuals to help define and achieve goals: career,
personal, or most often both. Find an individual who has expertise in an area
where you require support. Think about the skills and abilities you have that
could be useful to that person and then trade time coaching each other.
Action:Identify an area where you would like to learn more. Talk to
your inner circle, and ask them if they know anyone in that field. Usually,
each name you get will result in another referral until you meet the person you
need to meet. If all of your leads eventually become dead-ends, do some
research. Even Bill Gates can be reached by email. Take advantage of
technology, and most important, take action! You have nothing to lose, and each
step will bring you closer to your goal.
“A wise man learns by the
experience of others. An ordinary man learns by his own experience. A fool
learns by nobody’s experience.” Vern McLellan
Step 4: Develop a
Mastermind Group – Your Personal Advisory Board
Napoleon Hill defines a
mastermind group as the “coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of
harmony between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”
If “two heads are better than one,” when you have an entire team, you have an
exponential magic. “Economic advantages may be created by any person who
surrounds themselves with the advice, counsel, and personal cooperation of a
group who are willing to lend him or her wholehearted aid in a spirit of
harmony. Many people have similar interests or skills that can help you and who
can be helped by your expertise. Members of a mastermind group bring together
their varied backgrounds, information, and contacts for one specific reason: to
help each group member achieve his or her goals.
A mastermind group provides a
great opportunity to allow your inner circle to benefit others. Each of you has
a contacts and knowledge that can be of value to a variety of people whether he
or she works for a nonprofit organization or is an executive with a Fortune 500
Finally, don’t underestimate
who and what you know. Always look for ways you can offer help first. Build a
reputation for being a “giver.” Brainstorm how your expertise or contacts can
help others. Be the first to give. You’ll derive personal satisfaction in helping
others. If you focus on giving and being of service to others, people will want
to give back to you!
Action: Identify three areas
where you require support. Identify one person this week that could provide
support in one of those areas and invite that person to join your mastermind
group. Brainstorm with that person about how you could help each other achieve
your respective goals. Discuss possible future members for the mastermind
group, existing contacts, and resources you might each have that would help one
When it comes to teamwork,
the math you learned in school doesn’t apply. One plus one equals far more than
two. And one plus any other number can equal unstoppable results.