To be very honest blogs are my least favorite things to write, but I want to write this one as an homage and a thank you to my Dream Team members. Do you have a Dream Team of your own? Want to put one into place for 2017?
I know what you are thinking: “Here we go with the ‘start-your-new-year-off-with-a-bang’ stuff”, but really this is the time to take stock of how 2016 went for you, what you are proud of, where you think you can make a few improvements and who was by your side.
Who surprised you by being there for you? Who surprised you because they were not there for you? Who helped you in unexpected ways? Who came into your life? Who left your life? Who do you want to honor and whom do you want to say “thank you” to?
In my first book, I write about giving yourself permission to know your Dream Team and I emphasize your Current Dream Team. These are people who are in your life now, who believe in you and show that by helping you. Try this for me: make a list … and be shocked at how long it is! Keep writing until you have exhausted every avenue.
I know that this year I have a very long list. The “Give Yourself Permission Anthology”, which launched in November, has been a labor of love for many people. I would not have been able to do it without an exceptional dream team. I am humbled by the outpouring of love and support. Just for the book alone, my Dream Team has included all the authors, Sarah our social media guru, Nanette the editor extraordinaire, their families, my husband, my family, everyone who has helped print, promote, distribute and sell the book. Many of the latter I have never met, yet they have still worked hard to make the book a success.
Many of these people are in my Dream Team because they believe in me. I know I have to be my best so I don’t fall short of the trust and faith they have put in me. I work to be the best I can be, but I also deep down want them to be proud of me. I cannot lie, I want to do good not because I want them to like me more, but because I want to hold up my end of the bargain. I want to be responsible and do the best I can do to make change in people’s lives and the world. But my Dream Team encourage me to be my best.
So who has challenged and pushed you this year, who has held you to a higher standard? Thank them, acknowledge their role or just say a silent prayer of health and wellbeing for them this holiday season.
I wish you all much love and joy now, and forever, and thank you for being on my Dream Team.