There is no doubt that personal motivation and dedication are essential in taking on any new fitness or wellness challenges. However, the support of a the right community of people with the right culture of motivation has the potential to transform a simple weight loss or performance goal beyond initial expectations and into an ingrained way of life, the #nosweatlife.
I have been very fortunate to have been a part of a few amazing athletic tribes. Interestingly, I don't think any of us fully appreciated quite how powerfully we motivated one another in the moment. Probably because we were too busy enjoying ourselves or geeking out on the technicalities of how to better train for a new goal. It is true. I have spent more lunches among fellow tennis players, runners and yoginis swapping tidbits on exactly how to position ones hips, turn ones grip, elongate ones stride, etc than any sane adult might care to admit. I couldn't get enough. It is a powerful sense of purpose and belonging to to feed off a group (or team) energy that propels the collective forward to new heights.
Why do some groups harness a motivational vibe while others don’t? Is it some cosmic force of time and place? In part. Connecting on the same level- both in terms of time and dedication- is certainly important and energy is infectious. But I think there is more. People are drawn together by mutual inspiration, a kind of mutual motivational give and take. Friendly rivalry is healthy. Recognizing someone elses’ excellence and using it to fuel your own performance is rewarding for both people. The differentiating factor is the collective perspective. A tribal culture where excellence is seen as motivating rather than threatening. Where everyone feels like they are both giving and receiving in just the right amounts.
5 key things to consider in finding (or building) your next tribe:
Live your life authentically, true to your essence of excellence. The right crew is just waiting for you.