If you’ve ever watched a marching band perform, then you know that they have precision in their step and move as a unit to create intricate designs on the field. Everyone steps off on their left foot. Everyone moves the same number of steps to the set drill set. Everyone starts and stops at the same time. It’s a group effort. A team. They have one goal to achieve and each and every one of the band members works hard to achieve that collective goal.
It doesn’t matter if you’re the best player in the band or not. If you cannot march with other people, then the goal is not possible. You all must practice. You all must want to perform well, or else the show will fail. You must all give your 100% towards the goal to see it accomplished. Then after, you will feel so good and so will everyone else.
To work towards a main goal, you have to be centered and focused on yourself as well. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you don’t know how to do something, make an effort to learn. You don’t want to be the reason why the goal is not attainable.
You don’t have to be a member of a marching band to know what teamwork is. Teamwork lives in offices, classrooms, households and many other places. Everywhere you go, you are part of a team.
In the last part of our curriculum, we were focusing on this lesson of competition versus collaboration. Is it more powerful to achieve a goal by yourself, or with a group? When you can achieve a goal on your own, you attain a certain level of confidence. Now, when you achieve a goal together with a large group of people, your confidence is now amplified throughout the group. You want to see each other do well. Everyone gains more confidence.
That’s the powerful part. The need and want for others to do well is there. We all want to help each other do well. When everyone works together, amazing things can be done. If humans can make a collaborative effort to help the world, then the world would be a better place.
A collaborative effort needs one common goal and many minds to decide on completing it. One mind. One goal. Can you do it? Let’s go.