5 Reasons You Need a Teammate

How are you doing? I mean, really, how are you doing? Does someone know your current reality? I hope so. The truth is, whether you feel the need for speed or not, you need a wingman. Top Gun anyone?
Thankfully, I have a few people I can really depend on, which is good because there are days when it feels like this wave I’m riding could crush me. I’m guessing you are surrounded by danger as well. If so, I can think of at least 5 good reasons why you need a teammate.

  1. What you are trying to do is hard. Without a teammate it can become overwhelming. Studies show that with someone by your side your ability to endure increases.
  2. You need encouragement. By surrounding yourself with people who affirm your effort and support your cause you improve your chances of winning.
  3. You need someone to hold you accountable. All of us have the tendency to take the path of least resistance. By allowing someone access to your goals and progress and the freedom to challenge you when things are mediocre, you ensure greater results.
  4. You need someone who challenges you to be courageous. If your friends jumped off a bridge would you? Probably! Many times I have been more brave because the people closest to me were brave.
  5. You need a friend. We were all created to live in community. Unfortunately, many leaders choose to live in isolation. The results are devastating. If you want to be your best you will need others by your side who will love you even when you don’t deserve it.

If you have real teammates — those who serve, encourage, challenge, hold you accountable, and love you, count yourself blessed. It should never be lonely at the top. Leaders should be relational pace setters.
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Jason A. Ponzio

4 years ago

Randy, I remember watching Topgun in the theaters when it came out. That fall I went off in the Navy to work on jets. Well I never worked on a jet but I did go in for four years… That said thanks for sharing the reminder that we all need someone we can turn to for any reason. I thank God I have my wonderful wife. I also am grateful he have me good friends whom I can turn to and help keep me accountable. There are times when I think I don’t have a “wingman” but the truth is I always have Nancy… She is the best wingman I could ever hope to have.

Randy

4 years ago

Awesome, Jason. Thanks for commenting and thanks for your service in the Navy!

Scott

4 years ago

I was just reading in Extreme Ownership how the SEALs use a “cover and move” tactic when in battle. Half the team covers or protects while the other moves. Then they change roles. They can’t do it alone. Thanks for the reminders that we can’t either. And thanks for helping me move by covering for me.

Randy

4 years ago

Awesome, Scott. Thanks!

Scott Beck

4 years ago

Great post Randy. Thanks. Great encouragement.

Randy

4 years ago

Thanks, Scott!!!

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