Not long ago, I had the pleasure and challenge of a consistent workout routine with a partner. I have tried this concept of working out many times for self-improvement. However, getting myself to go out into the cold alone has been inconsistent at best.
This concept of “exercising with a good friend” has reminded me about the power of partnership for personal growth. Our energy together has been far stronger than our energy alone, and there were times when I could actually feel myself being pulled forward by Linda’s momentum. Having her call and say, “I’ll meet you in ten minutes,” kept me grounded and moving forward in a good direction.
Partnership can be a powerful prescription for any situation. Sometimes a friend simply makes a daunting task of moving or cleaning more bearable. Sadly, too often we neglect the act of asking for help. We know in our heads that partnership or collaboration can have an amazing impact on the lives of both persons involved. After all, how many songs are written about friendship? And friendship is a partnership, if done right. (Bruno Mars and Randy Newman’s Toy Story lyrics are just popular and long-standing songs about friendship).
But if life is better when co-laboring with any partner, then why do so many of us Americans still live detached lives? We, human beings, were not meant to live in isolation – but were meant to live interconnected lives. Living in partnership gives us the courage and strength to move beyond our limitations. Plus, taking a partner along for the ride means sharing in the celebration of the success with another person. Sticking together also gives you a common story to tell together – and sometimes that story is rather humorous.
Take ACTION = The CHALLENGE
This week pick a goal or project and find a partner. You might find a neighbor to take a walk with so that you can support each other as you get in shape. Or you might pick a project you have been putting off and challenge each other to finish the task – or help each other accomplish that task together.
You could even reach out and ask someone to help you in an area that you are struggling with.
Give yourself and someone else the experience of the power of partnership!
The project I would like support with is:
Two potential partners are:
_______________________ & ______________________________
- Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships in Work and in Life by Rodd Wagner Audiobooks
- The Business of Honor by Bob Hasson and Danny Silk