I must admit this is not my piece... I found it online many years ago and thought it was amazing. I share it with you in the promise that I will also write a piece on Teamwork.
They told me there is no “I” in team
I am an athlete.
I am an individual.
I am strong.
I am weak.
I have desires, hopes, and dreams.
I have goals.
I have fears.As a team, my opponent will never see my weaknesses.
Only my strength, never my fears, only my goals as they unfold before them.I am not afraid that my team will see my fears, my hopes, dreams, or desires.
I trust them to an unlimited level.I am not afraid that my team will see my faults, because with them I can overcome my faults, with them I am fearless, with them I have hopes and dreams.With my team, I am not weak; I do not have the strength of one athlete, but of many, combined, focused, and dangerous to my un-united opponent.I become my team and my team becomes me.I do not judge, and I am not judged.I have a goal, and the team has a goal.The team goal is my goal.All that matters is that the team reaches its goal.They always told me there is no “I” in “Team”.
They were wrong.I am the team.
I became the team.
The team became me.
The team becomes an entity unto itself.
The team is strong, creative, compassionate, caring, authoritative, disciplined.
The team absorbs “I”, and then there is “I” in “Team”.The “I” becomes part of something much more powerful.They were right there is no “I” in “Team,” but there is “Team” in me.