Who's On Your Team?

soccer practiceIn his blog post today, minimalist Joshua Fields Milburn says, "We all need a team. If you want to grow—if you want to be successful—then you must surround yourself with outstanding people who share your vision, your values, your beliefs." My coach, Jeffrey Davis of Tracking Wonder fame, calls such a team a "wild pack," and he, too, encourages creatives of all kinds to cultivate the friendship and support of people who inspire us to do and be our best.  Although I have many circles of loving and supportive friends, people I enjoy talking and socializing with, I have four groups that fit into the category of a wild pack.  They are groups of people (often best friends, but not necessarily) who function in a very specific way to help support the personal, professional, or artful intentions of members of the whole team.

One group I've written about here, is called the Peppers.  We are particularly devoted to monitoring and supporting each other in the art we desire to create.  Another team I rely on is called the Trinnies; we work on personal, spiritual, and psychological aspects of our lives.  A third, called the Wiss Group, is my absolute bedrock.   And a fourth, the Fairfield Girls, are friends I've known since I was born and who carry with them my life history.

These groups serve different purposes in my life, but they all share one thing in common:  I am a better person because of my connections with them.  They lift me up and inspire me to step into the next best version of myself.  I thrive on their love, support, honesty, and advice.

So how about you?  Who is in your creative team?  And maybe more important, who in your inner circle is obviously not in alignment with your goals and desires for changing, growing, and being of benefit?  Recognizing misalignments between you and the people you share time with is the first step to actually creating a fully functioning wild pack.   At the end of his post, Milburn says, "You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you."   What changes do you need to make in the people around you?

I'm holding a small gathering for creatives wanting to talk more about the importance of a wild pack to run with, or a creative team to support your advancement on an artful project or a life transition.  We’ll discuss the steps necessary to creating and fostering such a team.  Let me know if you'd like to join this casual conversation about living more artfully, happily, and productively, and I'll add you to the invitation list.  It's a Creative Momentum Session sponsored by LifeArt Studio, free of charge, and for the benefit of those who want to ramp up their creative commitment, their creative energy, and their creative productivity.  This is exactly what a wild pack can help you do.

So look around.  Who's on your team?  First rule of a good wild pack:  appreciation.  Be sure to let them know how important they are to you.

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