An Empowering Investment
Recently the staff here at Ocean Recovery took some clients out to let them try their hand at a ropes course. It was wonderful to see them overcome their fears and watch their faces light up with empowerment. Additionally, it was a great team building exercise. If you’ve been fortunate enough to attend a business meeting or two over the last few years (or watched episodes of The Office), you know that the phrase, “team building,” is quite the buzzword in corporate culture. In fact, the esteemed business mag Forbes once called it, “the most important investment you’ll make.” Now, it’s pretty obvious what team building means, but why has it become so important? Below are some of the benefits of team building, not just for the company or the project you’re working on, but for you, the individual in recovery.
Isolation and Fear
This one’s listed first not only because it’s the most obvious but also the most important. As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog, isolation sits right alongside fear as one of the most lethal recovery killers. Just by participating in a team building exercise, isolation ends and facing your fears begins. That’s two threats killed with one stone. Furthermore, team building can reintroduce a newly sober individual to social dynamics on a much smaller and more manageable scale. Re-learning and mastering those dynamics is not only one of the most important lessons in recovery, but it’s also a skill that will touch almost every aspect of your life.
The Nuts and Bolts of It
As we step out of the shadow of isolation and start to work with others, our problems become smaller. We’re not going to accomplish this project alone – after all, that’s why we have a team – so we divide up the tasks and get to work. We learn to play to our strengths. Just as importantly, we learn to trust and rely on others for help in areas that aren’t our strong suits. This realization will carry us a long way on our road of recovery.
A Spiritual Endeavor
This one may seem a little esoteric or far-fetched initially but it’s one of my personal favorites so I need to go into it at least a little bit. To me, there are few feelings more satisfying than the sense you get when you are part of a group of people and everyone is on the same page and moving towards a common goal. In that moment, you become part of something greater than yourself. In that sense, being part of a team, whether its sports, a band, or a project at work, is actually a spiritual endeavor.
You Are Not Alone
What it comes down to, at least from the perspective of recovery, is that engaging in team building exercises brings the realization that you don’t have to go through everything alone and carry every problem of the world on your shoulders. You learn to rely on and trust in the sisters and brothers on your team to reach your goals and handle any problems along the way. Working hard at your part, trusting and helping others, becoming a part of something greater…it’s almost as if team building exercises are a microcosm of recovery itself. If you are still sitting in the isolation and fear of active addiction, please give Ocean Recovery a call today. We would love the opportunity to be a part of your team.