The journey of life is better when shared.

Life can be hard. But tragedies, problems, and frustrations are conquered faster when a team of family or friends work together to deal with it. Additionally, every moment of joy and happiness is multiplied when you have others to celebrate with you.

“A cord of three strands is not easily broken” means that the synergy of you coming together with others to tackle something always makes you stronger (Ecclesiastes 4:12). This is because we each bring unique strengths that, when combined, make us stronger than individuals working alone.

Here are a few more wise sayings that emphasize our need to work together:

  • “None of us is as wise as all of us.”
  • “Without wise counsel, plans fail. But with many advisors, they succeed.”
  • “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

So why do people go it alone? Two main reasons:

1) Too Busy

Everyone is busy. But there is always time for what matters most. The problem is that too often we value the wrong things or don’t value the best things. We all have 24 hours in a day to run our business, get an hour at the gym, read a book, watch TV, and still have friends and family time together. It’s not about having more time: It’s about having a better focus. Decide for yourself what matters most and put that into your life first, then fill in other things – that whole rocks, pebbles, sand thing.

2) The Fear Factor

Another reason we do not connect with others is fear. We often call it our Comfort Zone, but it is really only fear.

Fear based on what happened in the past. Fear something might go wrong and life will get worse. Fear of being vulnerable or getting rejected or disappointed.

In my experience, all the magic in life happens outside your comfort zone. And if you want to live life abundantly, you will need to press on past your fear.

Bring Your Strength to the World

The good news is that I found a way to get rid of fear, and it’s called love.

Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). When we feel loved, we feel safe, empowered, confident, and excited about the opportunities around us.

You have a great opportunity to show love to others and help free them to press beyond their comfort zone. You also have the opportunity to accept true love and leave the prison of fear behind you.

Whether you are dishing out large helpings of love or reaping the benefits of accepting this love, we all benefit together. This process allows us to truly connect with others and experience love and life to the fullest.

When you hold back on partnering with others in life, the results won’t be as great. Whether this is with your family, friends, work, or anything else you decide to be a part of, God has uniquely created you to be the best version of you. When you push past the self-imposed limits of fear and begin to experience real love, you are set free to be that amazing person God created you to be. This helps us you be a better father or mother, husband or wife, leader and friend.

Need a place to practice this? Bring your A-game to the Dallas / Fort Worth Technology Prayer Breakfast. We are an all-volunteer ministry that hosts an amazing event that gathers professional people of faith each year. Attendance has grown by more than 200 people each year without a marketing budget or full-time staff. This is our fourth year, and we are excited to have Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes Chicken, as our guest speaker. We expect the largest crowd ever in 2018.

And we need your help. We need you to step out of your comfort zone to make this event a success. There are many ways to get involved: Volunteer, become a partner, host a table, or simply join our email list. There is a role that you can fill to bless your life and make this our best event yet.

So get involved today. #DFWTechPB #FaithatWork

Robert Hunt is a longtime supporter of the Dallas / Fort Worth Technology Prayer Breakfast. He works with CEOs and business owners in the Metroplex through peer groups, executive coaching, and leadership events. Learn more at his website, Renaissance Executive Forums.