Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Visualize Your Commitment and Expectations When Team Building

Building a team in Business, government, or in the nonprofit sector is never easy, but if you want to be successful you are going to have to learn how. The first thing you must do is, "commit" to reasonable expectations and make sure the group is committed to the cause. The best way to do this is to help everyone in the group visualize their own commitment.

They need to see themselves working hard and giving it 100% of their energies and effort. Often, popular movies can help your team visualized its commitment; for instance, the movies; Rocky, Vision Quest, The Karate Kid, St. Elmo's Fire, or Top Gun.

Once the team members see themselves and visualize themselves working as hard as those characters in those movies, and understand what it will take, they can become dedicated to the cause and exceed their expectations. If each member of the team is committed to persevere through the good times and the bad in pursuit of the ultimate goal then anything is possible.

In the book "Psycho Cybernetics" by Maltz, the author talked about how athletes visualize the win in advance of the competition. He also discussed how basketball players could sit at the free-throw line holding the ball and visualize the ball going through the net.

He noted that when they did this, they actually did better than those basketball players in practice which simply shot free throws for six hours straight. When the game finally did come it was the players that visualized, which scored more free-throw points, then those who actually practice shooting the ball. Visualization of your commitment and expectations is crucial to building your team. Please consider all this.

By Lance Winslow

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