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Monday
Sep042017

How to Be Successful With Your Projects and Purpose

One thing that has become increasingly clear to me over these past years is that success is not possible in a vacuum. There are people, insights, and learning that are part of our journey and that help us to experience success with our projects, paths and purpose. So whether you’re facing a daunting organizing project, pursuing a new career path, or searching for your life’s purpose, you will need the help, guidance and emotional support from others to get there, wherever “there” is.

 

As a professional organizer, I’m often enlisted to be on someone else’s team. I love that. I get to be cheerleader, planner, strategist, organizer, list maker, worker, coach, resource-ist, support-giver and more. Clients will often remark that they “couldn't have accomplished this without me.” And while I’m grateful for their kind and encouraging words, I remind them that it was a team effort. Success happened because they stayed the course and were open and willing to enlist help. I am continually grateful for being part my clients’ success team.

I’ve recently embarked on a huge family project to help my Mom sort through her home of 55+ years. At this juncture, because it’s hard for her to do, it’s pretty much me that’s leading the project. I understood that a successful outcome would only be possible by creating a new team, which I’ve dubbed, “Team 152.” And it’s so interesting to be on this side of the project where the decisions and attachments are often emotional ones. I have a new appreciation for what my clients grapple with.

The team I’m assembling grows daily, but so far the members include family and friends that have offered to help and companies that haul, organize, repair, resell, clean, recycle, and accept a variety of donations. As the project progresses, even more people and resources will be added to Team 152.

 

Two things are crystal clear:

  • This project will take time, patience, and a consistent effort.
  • While the project feels daunting right now, the help from the team is getting me through.

 

Who makes up your success team? If you don’t yet have a team, whom could you enlist? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (9)

Many people have supported me since I started my business 15 years ago - some for a short time and a specific project, and others for the long haul.

Right now I'm thankful for (in no particular order) my graphic designer, my bookkeeper/husband, my virtual assistant, my WordPress developer, and my accountability partners. I don't know where I'd be without them!

September 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

I agree Linda. Everyone needs a team. I couldn't manage without my team. I have two organizers and a handyman/muscle man of the team lol He does more of the heavy lifting.

September 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKathy McEwan

@Janet- I so love that the virtual assistant has a virtual assistant. That's awesome. But even more wonderful that you have a trusted team.

@Kathy- Teams are the best, especially when they're made up of the right people. It sounds like you've built a terrific one.

September 4, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Good luck on this project. It does take time to clear out but will be well worth it. I found that My success team tends to be family, friends, and local businesses. I had the opportunity to clear out both my parents homes plus several clients homes and it was amazing the transformation in the space as well as how they felt at the end of the process.

September 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

This story is so familiar to me. I helped my dad deal with a similar process throughout 2016 - clearing out excess, prepping his home for sale, helping him with downsizing. If it hadn't been for a team of family, doctors, real estate professionals, handymen, etc. we would have gone nuts. Best of luck to you and your mother as you work through everything!

September 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSara Skillen

I've been a member of both family and client "teams" over the years. Having others around you makes all the difference. Enduring an emotionally stressful experience alone should not be idealized. The process is long, and just as we would pack our car for a road trip, we need to assemble supplies for this journey. Some of those supplies are physical objects, but most of them are resources. How lucky is your Mom to have you, Linda, to be at her side through this process!

September 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

The three S's! What an awesome group you are. Thank you for joining the conversation.

@Sabrina- I love the word you use..." transformation" to describe the clearing out process. Letting go is such a fascinating feeling to experience in all that it brings about...emotions, clarity, lightness, and space.

@Sara- Your dad was so lucky to have your help. And I know exactly what you mean about the value of having that team in place to prevent going nuts. Thank you for your words of encouragement. It means a lot.

@Seana- What a beautiful description about assembling "supplies for this journey," and that some are physical objects like boxes, bags and sharpies and others are resources like people and places. All play a role in helping to facilitate a letting go process. And having that team is key for our emotional health and well-being. So lucky for your family and clients had you on their team.

September 5, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

First, What a beautiful picture of you and your mother! Second, Thank you for taking the time to share about the importance of using a team approach. So many people think they have to go it alone and find themselves getting totally overwhelmed by the downsizing process. My husband, kids, mother, sister and friends in addition to various people we hired along the way were all part of our downsizing team. My mother was an integral part, taking on the task of eBay seller extraordinaire. She enjoyed helping us sell our discards on eBay so much that she decided to start downsizing herself. I'm so proud of her. At the age of 77 she's learned a new skill and is enjoying researching the items she's selling and connecting with buyers around the world. Most of all she is having a blast doing it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and best of luck with the rest of the process.

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Sharb

@Andrea- Thank you so much. This is a current favorite photo of me and my mom. There's nothing quite like the power of a team to get things done and to minimize overwhelm. Truly a project of this nature cannot be done by yourself...at least not if it's going to happen anytime this decade :) I love how you enlisted the help of your team to downsize and especially how your mom has become Ms. Ebay Extraordinaire! How fun for her and fabulous for you.

September 16, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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