Create a Dream Team

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while everyone else is drifting into the lazy days of summer, why not take some major action towards your goals?

one of the ways you can do this is by creating a "dream team." a team of supportive people that inspire, encourage, and motivate you to reach your dreams.

wouldn't you love to have one?

there is nothing stopping you from creating this team for yourself.

start by asking yourself, "what is my dream that i want support for?" maybe you want to start a new business, move to another city, or write a novel. be sure to choose a dream that is challenging! by choosing one big dream, you can effectively focus the people needed to support you and accomplish some major action.

next, ask yourself, "what are the qualities of the people on my dream team?" by jotting down all the characteristics of the people you want supporting you, it will help hone your vision of the people you will ask to be on your team, and what the team actually does for you.

then, write down a list of people you will ask to be on your team. don't be afraid to think big! a successful local businesswoman you admire, a published author, or an elected official can all be within your reach. get creative and think of people on the periphery of your network too (friends of friends) that you've always wanted to connect with and admire.

now, the scariest part can be asking. draft an invitation that embodies you and your authentic self. be clear about what support you are asking for: the occasional email? monthly phone calls? in-person brainstorming sessions? make the invitation even more special and send it through snail mail.

when i did this exercise for myself last year, it felt like a huge step. by asking strangers and friends for help, i acknowledged that they had something to offer me, and deepened my connections with several people. my continued work on "asking for help" while also building my creative dream team has been very heart-opening.

try it out for yourself! who would be on your fantasy dream team? send us a note telling us about your experience putting your dream team together - i'd love to hear your story!

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Ana Ottman thrives on empowering women to lead authentic and creative lives. She provides life coaching to individuals around the country. When she is not working, she can be found practicing vinyasa yoga, "mentoring" her four younger sisters, browsing local bookstores, and dreaming up ideas for expanding her business. Ana resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, John.

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This article was published on 2010/04/01