Image: The whole is greater than the sum of the parts

If one principle could best describe maximizing our potential for success, it would have to be synergy.

Just as our business flourishes when we combine our resources with others, so does our personal development. We use our attributes to their highest potential when synergy is present.

We are incomplete without the chemistry of combining all of our faculties for a purpose—our spiritual, mental, emotional and physical sides must be in perfect harmony and equilibrium for us to achieve peak performance.

Similarly, we cannot interact well with others without having our act together. Imagine this as the “flat tire concept.” Some people mistakenly believe they need to help everyone else before they help themselves. If you were driving a car that had a flat tire, you would be unable to help someone else looking for a ride until you fixed your own problem.

A well-adjusted family, for example, combines its talents and resources to help each other enjoy a more robust and enjoyable life. Responsibilities are divided equitably, and everyone shares in the process. Whether cooking, cleaning, mowing the lawn, reading bedtime stories or earning your daily bread, we all have a part to play.

The power of simplicity is sometimes hidden from view in today’s complex world. For a great refresher course, read All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. We harness the great power of synergy by combining many small, seemingly insignificant and simple ideas and action steps into a highly valuable system, product, or result.

Never underestimate the power of summation in your life. Brick by brick, step by step, we were all born with an enormous potential to achieve incredible accomplishments.

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