Are you a team player? For most of us, this question brings about thoughts of an earlier time when we were children or young adults. It surfaces remembrances of when we were members of a sports team. The connotation, however, extends to the business world as well.
If your answer is "no," or “not anymore,” please take a moment to think about your response. I would submit that if you are alive, you're on a team. Maybe it's your family, your relationship, your business, or your community. Maybe it's your country or the planet in which we all live. But no matter how you look at it, you are a member of a team!
If you ask people about the richest experiences in their lives, they will usually come up with something they did as part of a team. Sometimes it's a sports team, but more often it's a business team, family unit, church group, or some other group that was helping achieve a common goal.
You can sit on the bench (or sideline) and watch, or you can get up and play. For your mental and physical health, "Be a player." Get involved. It’s important to have a say in calling the plays and becoming a part of the outcome. Participate! Vote! It's a lot more fun and, yes, you're right, it’s certainly more work, too. However, the more you give, the more you'll receive in return.
Maybe you are thinking "How do I find something to join?" Well, what do you care about? What's important to you? There are other people out there who care about that, too. Why not join with them in a common cause? If there is one benefit to the Internet, it is that it provides a wealth of information about people joining together to accomplish a common goal.
Personal power is a fine thing, but the ultimate power is the tremendous energy created by people working together. No one can make your unique contribution, and no, they won't get along just fine without you. The team needs your input to be truly successful.
So, what are you waiting for? You are already team player but the decision is do you want to continue to sit on the bench (side line) or get in the game. If it’s the latter, all you need to do is find your team and start contributing!