Russell Button, Rosie Melendez, and Ashley Washington share how teamwork impacts what they do at the Button Law Firm.

Button Law Firm founder and Dallas daycare injury attorney Russell Button shares three reasons to tag-team your New Year’s resolutions in 2022.

One of Hollywood’s favorite archetypes is the “lone wolf” — the maverick businessman, outlaw hero, or ambitious young woman who needs nothing and no one to achieve glory and success. But let me tell you a secret: That trope is a big, fat lie!

In the real world, the most efficient way to succeed is by building a team, like the amazing team at The Button Law Firm. You could even call them a wolf pack. That truth hit me this morning when I came across this ancient proverb:

“If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.”

I immediately wrote down the quote and sent it to friends because it got right to

the core of what I’ve always believed about teamwork: If you want to build something sustainable and enduring, you must have other people at your side who believe in it as much as you do.

I think this might be the secret to succeeding at any goal, including New Year’s resolutions. In my experience, these are the top three reasons why teamwork literally makes the dream work.

1. Your team’s strengths compensate for your weaknesses.

Back in high school, I realized pretty quickly that in order to go far on the basketball court, I needed help. So I started building a personal team. I enlisted a retired University of Texas shooting guard to teach me how to get my shot off against taller players, and I asked coaches to show me how to break down game plans. Their expertise saved me research time and taught valuable lessons that helped me maximize my potential. I never would have gotten that far as a “lone wolf.”

Make it happen: You can do the same thing with your New Year’s resolutions. If you want to eat healthier, for example, enlist the help of a nutritionist or a friend who loves to meal prep. People who are strong in areas where you are weak will help you succeed

2. Your team keeps you motivated.

My parents have trouble motivating themselves to go to the gym — so they hired a personal trainer. Because they have to pay for the service, they always show up now! That trainer is on their team and holds them accountable for their progress. Since my parents stopped “lone wolfing” their workouts, they have built good habits and are reaping the benefits.

Make it happen: You can do the same thing by sharing your resolutions with a friend who will push you to achieve them or hiring a service you’ll feel obligated to use.

3. Your team helps you achieve more while working less.

“Working less” isn’t a bad thing in this context. It’s just efficiency. Here at BLF, we’ve structured our team differently from most law firms to maximize this. Instead of one daycare injury attorney working alone on one case, we all work on every single case in some way, shape, or form. That allows each person to play to their strengths and helps us do better work overall. Every day at the office we go far together, instead of moving fast alone.

Make it happen: You can do the same thing on a smaller scale for your New Year’s resolutions. If you want to finish a home improvement project, why not invite a bunch of friends over and make it an adventure? You’ll likely finish the project faster, it will turn out better, and you won’t be exhausted from sawing, hammering, and painting all by yourself.

I hope this realization is as helpful for you in 2022 as it was for me. I know that if I run into a hang-up with one of my goals next year, my first move will be building a pack. Good luck!

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