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1 Month has passed since the formation of our Action Group experiment - An enthusiastic effort formed to utilise the collective resources of a hand-picked team while addressing certain social issues along the way. (Predictability of life, Lack of Solidarity among peers, Building a sense of community and value within a close-nit team within a modern city environment)
This experiment of ours aims to develop a blueprint for you, the reader in the development of a modern tribe that can coexist within modern society while facing numerous different challenges along the way. Those challenges were certainly ever-present during the first 4 weeks of our journey. But before we get into our team's progress and summary I will outline the challenges I have faced and my insight moving forward.
When I first proposed the idea of an Action Group with friends - I never thought that there would be a requirement for a conventional leader. After-all, we all wanted to succeed right? Each of us had the same vision and this would be enough to have a leaderless, democratic group surely? Wrong. It turns out, tribes need a leader - a voice which is continuously pushing for momentum in a direction with people who share that view.
Tribes are about a belief in an idea and a community. But without leadership, the community will drift and lose momentum. An excellent book which helped me in this aspect was Tribes: We need you to lead us by Seth Godin. This revelation however was initially quite frustrating, as the leadership position which I now found myself in was something which required more output from myself and less input from my peers in the general administration of our weekly efforts. The frustration was short lived - This whole idea and the story which shall follow as a result is one which I have nothing but passion and sheer fascination for - Why shouldn't I be leading it where it needs to go?
Everyone in our group can attest to this one being a struggle. Think for a moment of any new habit that one can suddenly bring into their life - The Gym, Daily running, Learning a language, Meditation - Those early days are easily the hardest, right? - You're trying to build an initial routine and keep consistency along the way. Well our Action Group demanded a large amount of time in the lives of 3 separate people and called for the continuous attention and creativity of their services as we all balanced our personal lives and individual workloads.
Time management is a huge obstacle which we all find ourselves continuously having to address. Getting the best out of this entire experience, keeping it fun, productive but ultimately preventing the hindrance of the group's activities on individual personal time is essential. Finding the balance between pushing someone to work hard and allowing one their independence is also new territory that we're all exploring. Each man must define his own limits for this.
Our group has formed a strong dynamic that seems to dismiss the individual efforts from time to time of our personal goals and give us alternative missions to achieve as a collective. Group goals offer a lot of benefits - but finding a balance between focusing on the group and then the personal goals may require some restructuring to be realistic in what can be achieved in the long term.
- Weekly training sessions - Our team now meets at least once per week to perform interval training
- Social Projects/Networking - Expanding our horizons.
- A single weekly goal for the group to achieve together - This recent implementation has struggled thus far as a result of time management - but we're already planning for exciting things.
This has been a tough but productive experiment thus far in achieving one's personal goals. I have personally been far more productive this month than my previous 6 months combined when it comes to focusing on specific ambitions of mine. It's pushing me to continuously think outside the box and explore the optimisation options of a group trying to achieve their objectives. But most importantly, having 2 people who I have given explicit permission to give me constructive criticism and guidance as I move forward is paramount.