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AUDIO: The 4 Dreams of Every Team Member

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

When I look around the room in every meeting, I try to remember there are 4 powerful dreams represented by everyone. They don’t have to be from the same country, share the same politics or the same faith. But, they will share these four powerful dreams. And as a leader, I want to help each person achieve them.

Dream #1

They want more results with less stress.

Pretty obvious, right?

Nobody intentionally wants stress or to impede results. And yet, every day they face the obvious truth that results are a struggle and stress is a given. What does success look like for them? They want to accomplish what they’re working on with momentum and a smile. They long for more results with less stress and less friction in the process.

Dream #2

They want to enjoy relationships of trust and common purpose.

Maybe they don’t think they can find those relationships in this room, but they want them somewhere.

But, if they could have them at work, on this team where they spend the most hours of their life and energy, that would be amazing. In fact, it might be such a big dream they can’t even imagine how it could happen in real life. Trusting each other and being on the same page seems like too much to ask for most working adults. That might end up being fun. And fun, as we all know, is reserved for when we’re NOT working.

Dream #3

To make a difference, feel valued and be loved.

Now we’re really dreaming.

Often, people enter the workforce with these dreams but they get shattered quickly. They are replaced by a collection of the 10 common fears we’re all so familiar with. Don’t stand out, don’t fail, don’t risk rejection and don’t let anyone get too close. We pick our sides from issue to issue and we save our hope of value and love for home, family or special interest groups we pour ourselves into. We seek these things avidly and we need them but we rarely imagine receiving them at work. This is a dream shared by everyone on your team.

Dream #4

To fulfill their highest created purpose.

When you ask someone what they do, it’s one of the most personal, even sensitive, questions you could ask. Most have patented answers that shield them from the dream of fulfilling a high calling and becoming the person they were created to be. We want to know our purpose. We look for it and we try to fill our lives with anything that will give us a sense of unique purpose. It’s always OUT THERE somewhere.

But what if it were right here, right in this room, right on this team? What if the highest purpose of their life, of your life, is to fulfill these four dreams together? We each have the ability to fulfill these four dreams and the opportunity to help others fulfill them as well.

If you’re on a team, especially if you’re leading a team, it’s time to pursue a culture of Breakthrough and reach out to fulfill these 4 powerful dreams. Everyone shares them, even your customers.

Fulfilling them will be the fulfillment, the catalyst for your highest purpose and your most significant definition of success.

Add your comments to the conversation: How can you help others fulfill these four dreams? Have you experienced these dreams for yourself? Post your reply below.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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