I have been fortunate enough to have been a member of some pretty amazing teams in my life (some of them even with hall of fame coaches at the helm.) There is something really special that happens when you are a part of group; every individual is making personal sacrifices for the greater good while giving 110% of their will, energy, and effort.
Though it is common to find this shared attitude amongst athletic team members, it’s much harder to find in the real world. This week’s challenge is to find your team, your tribe, your support system. Find a group of people who have a similar fitness goal as you and watch how much faster you achieve success. Not only will your team members hold you accountable, but they will also encourage you to push limits. They will be there to give you tough love as well as help you celebrate once you’ve reached your goals.
As a team member, I learned some pretty valuable lessons that will last me a lifetime. Turns out, everything in life is easier when you have a supportive team. Whether you are trying to lose weight, run your first marathon, or start a new workout routine—it always helps to have someone by your side, even if he or she is just there to help motivate you out of bed.
Don’t think of your team members as competition. Instead, think of them as something much more--your comrades, compadres, companions.
*image by Jim Sorbie
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