Activity Set: Dream Team and Dream Communities
Dream Team and Dream Communities: Quick Overview
Part 1: Dream Team
- Description: Identify the people that will support you on your journey.
- Lifework Activity: Identify at least eight people to support you on your journey.
Part 2: Dream Communities
- Description: Identify the places that will help you serve others.
- Lifework Activity: Identify at least eight specific businesses, organizations, associations, and groups that are aligned with your mission/vision.
Use the “Serve Profoundly in Your Right Pond” Worksheet to document your answers for each Activity in this section. Click on this link – serve profoundly in your right pond worksheet, 9-25-22 – to download a copy of the worksheet (Microsoft Word file). You’ll be able to fill in your three statements in that document.
Introduction to Dream Team and Dream Communities
These two activities will have you identify the people and the organizations that could help you on your journey to make a difference in the world. As you complete this activity, you may already have people in your life that make up your Dream Team and be part of organizations that could be part of your Dream Communities. The key is to get clear about the people and places that would not only support you, but allow you to grow and thrive.
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Part 1: Dream Team
“According to research by social psychologist Dr. David McClelland of Harvard, the people you habitually associate with determine as much as 95 percent of your success or failure in life.” – Darren Hardy, “The Compound Effect”
One of the most important areas that most people don’t explore is nurturing relationships that help them grow – both professionally and personally. The Dream Team activity provides you the opportunity to identify potential people to help you move forward on your journey and achieve your dreams. The people you spend the most time with shape who you are. They determine what conversations dominate your attention. They are the biggest influence and have the most effect on your behavior, attitudes and results. Who you are around — what they’ve got you thinking, saying, doing and becoming — sets the course of your life.
When making your Dream Team. make sure to connect with people who will inspire you to be your best; choose people who will provide at least one of the following (if not more):
- Add value to your life. They make you a better person through their wisdom, honesty and experience.
- Continually grow. People who value their own growth and development will encourage yours.
- Walk with you. Those who support, celebrate and have a stake in your journey and make the road less bumpy.
- Enjoy life. Their optimism, enthusiasm and sense of adventure are contagious.
- Offer unconditional love. They appreciate you for who you are – both the good and the bad.
This may be hard for you, especially if you haven’t met very many people. Use your positive experiences in life to create your Dream Team, individuals who will help you tap into your potential and unleash the possibilities! This activity could have one of the biggest impacts on your life! You need to choose your Dream Team members wisely!
P.S. You can have more than one person in each category!
- “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
- “If you want to progress, surround yourself with people that have higher expectations of you than you have of yourself.” – Lisa Skeete Tatum
- Build Your Dream Team (TED Talk): Lisa Skeete Tatum – https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_skeete_tatum_build_your_dream_team
- 5 Ways To Build Your Personal Dream Team – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LfyVCVf2l8
- Surround Yourself With The Right People – People Will Inspire Or Drain You – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBiYVskqv-M
- You Are The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdDIPLGKNCI
- Surround Yourself With The Right People (Gary Vayerchuck – some profanity) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZDA9s8bAKA
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Develop your Dream Team based on these EIGHT (8) categories:
- Knowledge/Expertise/Academic Inspirer: Who can help you continue to build your knowledge and expertise in specific areas?
- Industry Professional/Influence: Who can serve as a guide in developing your work in industry and/or your influence in a particular domain?
- Purpose/Motivation: Who inspires/motivates you to become the best version of yourself in service to something bigger than yourself?
- Personal Development/Personal Support/Close Confidante: Who pushes you, challenges you, supports you, and helps you grow?
- Integrated/Balanced Life: Who encourages, support, and nourishes your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being?
- Mentor: Who is further along in his/her journey, capable of being your guide on your journey?
- Sponsor: Who can talk about you, speak highly of you in a positive way, and help promote you and your ideas?
- Wild Card: Who doesn’t fit into the other categories but should be added to your list to help/support your growth and development in positive ways?
Your Dream Team will be especially important as you implement the many facets of your Life!
Part 3: Dream Communities
The Dream Team had you focus your efforts on specific people to include as part of your Dream Team. This activity will have you identify particular businesses, organizations, associations, societies, and/or social groups that could help you connect with and/or build your tribe. Use the chart below to identify specific entities that could provide you opportunities to connect. You will need to identify at least EIGHT (8) different businesses, groups, and/or organizations that could potentially help you build your community/tribe. Note: If you find that you cannot identify 8 different groups, this is a great indication that you have some work to do to get connected to outside groups.
- “It’s not what you know, it’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.” – Susan RoAnne
- Create the community you want to be a part of (Greg Tehven) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDgrSSfd8m8
- Importance of Community (Lisa Nichols) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw92wnm1IZ0
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Categories of Groups/Organizations
- Business Organizations (i.e. Chamber of Commerce)
- Professional Organizations
- Non-Profit/Volunteer Organizations
- Political Organizations
- Religious Organizations
- Athletic Organizations
- Academic Organizations
- Social Organizations
- Honor/Academic Societies
- Online Groups, Organizations, and/or Communities
- Other Groups, Associations, and /or Organizations that don’t fit in categories listed above – or create your own.
Take this opportunity to identify specific groups, organizations, and communities aligned with your life.