According to Webster, the definition of unity is, “the state of being united or joined as a whole.” Do you practice unity? I love the idea of promoting unity and desire that for my daily life but I’m not really sure if I live by it. Recent events in my life have allowed me to step back and look at myself and my level of unity. Like I said before, I strive for it but I don’t always act on it. Why should I break my back to enhance your success when you do nothing for mine?
I’ve sat across from many people that talk about the “team” and empowering everyone on the team… 95% of the time no one knew which way was up or down. Some members were putting more time in than others. And it all came back to everyone on the team not committing for one reason or another.
After I have looked deeper into this issue I see that unity isn’t all about ME, it’s about the TEAM. When you become a part of a team, everyone agrees on a certain path. But, your teammates may lose sight of the goal, change their mind or worse case… just don’t want to be a part of the team any longer. And that is totally fine, it’s just a readjustment.
I have realized I can’t control my teammates and their thoughts. We may not agree on every detail, but communication is the best way to keep unity. Communication in a constructive way makes it easy. Approach people with a proactive solution or be open to understanding their change of view or concern with the topic. Don’t be so quick to be defensive. Obviously, you have ALL made the commitment to be on the team so remember that your teammate is acting out of the best interest for everyone. You may not agree, but listen and receive before you act.
I am preaching to the choir here. I know that I have a type-A personality and like to take control. Again with everything in life, it’s a balance. There is a degree of standing firm in your beliefs but sometimes we need to step back and listen to the team. Promoting unity will get the best outcome. It takes a conscious effort and commitment of every individual to UNITE.
I encourage you to look at your team. And by team, I don’t mean a football team…
- Husband and Wife
- Special Project at Work
- Committee you Recently Joined in the Community
- Family – siblings
- Room Mothers for your child’s grade
- Your Close Group of Friends
It could be the simplest relationship you are a part of but have common goals. So, how can you UNITE and make your team better, profitable, successful? Are you acting in the best interest for the team?
Make this Monday Matter by engaging with your team.