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Along with the rest of the world, I’ve been glued to my phone and TV most days this week, enamored with Olympic competition.
 
Although this has this left me extra sore and stiff (here’s a quick fix for that, by the way) I’ve been inspired by the achievements, excellence and history made. I can’t help but notice a few things about the world’s most elite:

  1. They’re dedicated.

  2. They’re talented.

  3. They didn’t get there alone.

 
Regardless of the sport, every athlete that competes in the Olympic games has some kind of support system around them. Sure, you’d expect the soccer teams to play together or the rowing crews, but individual swimmers, weight lifters, sprinters – they all have coaches, they all have a team.
 
Sure, they’re genetically superior in many aspects.
 
Yes, they have sacrificed much of their lives for their chosen sport.
 
However, without the guidance, support, accountability and pushing of this supportive network devoted to their success, that talent and sacrifice would be for nothing – because the athlete would not be at their highest level.
 
It’s ironic, then, knowing we are hard-wired for community, that anytime we want to achieve something really great, beyond our comfort zone or requiring immense investment, that we seek to go it alone, as if having someone along for the ride would in some way diminish our achievement.
 
The reality is that having others along for the ride is the very thing that enables the true greatness within to shine through.
 
The phrase, “No man is an island” is found in a poem written in 1624 by John Donne, who discusses the importance of each soul and the beauty of affliction – just as a dirt clod is part of the European continent, he writes, so is each person a member of the human race. From witnessing others struggles and achievements, Donne’s prose reminds us, we gain wisdom, grow and mature.
 
Have you fallen prey to believing the lie that you’re better off alone? Is insecurity or fear keeping you on the sidelines, missing out on achieving the things you long to realize?
 
The right community melts insecurity and fear. The right community helps you stay dedicated and cultivate your inner talents so you can be your best. Could this kind of community, then, be for you?
 
I firmly believe that the right wellness plan strengthens you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to fully realize your God-given potential. I also believe that these are best achieved in community.
 
My challenge to you this week is to actively seek out community. Ignore the lying voice in your head that says you’re not good enough or worthy of great community, that no one would like you or you’d get left behind, that your achievement wouldn’t be yours if it wasn’t alone.
 
“If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less,” Donne wrote in his famous poem – and you, my friend, are no clod. You matter, and you’re better when you’re surrounded by people who want to see you succeed!
 
If you’re in the Bay Area and can make it to Campbell Park, we’d love to have you visit us for a free 5:17 ICE class. We’re a community of women committed to achieving our best selves, and this program is simple, affordable and flexible.
 
Each ICE class is a 30-minute workout that will leave you feeling energized and empowered to take on all life throws your way, whether you’re brand new to exercise or an experienced veteran. There’s also some brand new BONUS perks I’ll be announcing this week, like a members-only discount program and a rate-slashing plan.
 
Right now, all of August is free when you sign up for a 3-month trial, but you have to try a free class first. The sooner you try it, the sooner you can fall in love and reap the benefits! You can learn more, including rates and schedule, here. I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have, or help you get connected with another group that may be a better fit.
 
Oh – and in case you missed it – here’s that cure again I mentioned earlier, to help ease those sore and stiff bodies glued to the tube in awe of Olympic greatness.
 
As you’re watching, remember that you’re watching people who have repeatedly thought they couldn’t do it, then decided instead to pursue it. I hope you’ll make the same decision.



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