To get the greatest outcome possible for your vision and dream, “it takes teamwork to make the dream work!” When creating a “Dream Team” of people that you want to surround yourself with, whether it’s for your business or your personal life, choose people that will uphold you to a higher level of being. I.e. in the words of the late Dale Carnegie, “Always give people a grand reputation to live up to.”

Give yourself that same piece of advice as the CEO of your life and get the best people you can find. From the janitor, to the accountant, from the social media expert to your mentors always pick people that are interested in you; they are your genuine well wishers, they may be inspired by or have a vested interest in you re: your vision, mission and purpose. Pick people that inspire you and will push you beyond your comfort zone. People that will assist you to “live your grand reputation” and “live your dream life.”

Ask yourself this question, “Am I living my dream life? If you are, Congratulations!!!! Well done!

If you are not, take a mental snapshot of all the areas of your life – business/finances, relationships, health & fitness, spirituality, artistic and/or creative, travel etc. and check in to see where you are right now. Are some more on target than others? What changes do you need to make in order to be living the life of your dreams in all these areas?

Once you know the changes you need to implement ask your self this question: “Who else can help me? Continue to ask yourself this; “who else, who else, who else?”

Create a list of people from the answers to these questions and they will become members of your Dream Team.

You may not actually know the person in a category that you choose, e.g. you may decide you want a personal trainer, but don’t actually know any personal trainers. You might be looking for a good bookkeeper but you’ve recently moved and don’t have any experience with one in the area where you are now living. It doesn’t matter. Use the title or description of their role and function and have it as a “place holder” role till you actually find yourself a phenomenal personal trainer or bookkeeper etc. that will give you the outcome you desire.

For each of these roles, also think about the criteria you want these people to fulfill and make a checklist of the main points you are looking for. E.g. when choosing a mentor for yourself, what are the qualities, characteristics, specialty areas of expertise, skillsets, traits and gifts that this person has that you want to aspire to achieve yourself.  This way when you do speak and interview them for the role, you will know immediately whether they’ll be the right fit for you or not.

When deciding on who to choose, do a Google search and take a look at what reviews and recommendations these people have. Ask friends, family members and business colleagues who they recommend and what makes this person the best re: their results, work ethic, consistency, reliability are they caring etc. If you are a member of a business networking group such as BNI, a business association or some other networking group, you can ask your colleagues who they recommend. Even if you are not a member you can call up these groups or associations and contact them to find out who they recommend and why. This will give you a good place to start to get potential candidates for the role you are looking for. Once you have 3 – 4 candidates you can then call and speak to them to see if they will be a good fit for you so that you can narrow down your options till you find which one suits you and the criteria that you’re looking for the best.

Once you find the person you are looking for in a category of your Dream Team, move onto the next category and role. Continue this process till you have filled in all the “place holder” roles.

Remember to do a mental “check in” with yourself each quarter to see whether your Dream Team members are still the optimal players to have as part of your team. If they are, continue working with them. If they are not and/or you want to expand your team further, ask yourself the “who else, who else, who else” questions again and repeat the process. You might also wish to reach out again and ask your colleagues, peers, partners who they’d recommend for these roles and then decide whether they are a fit for you or not.

Always pick the best people possible for your team, upgrade where necessary and check in and review on a regular basis because you and your dream life are definitely worth it!

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