The picture above is of my two friends Mike and Mario. Last weekend they were down in SoCal with a group of people running one of those Tough Mudder races and this picture was taken of them helping a friend over a wall (apparently the girl had been trying and trying to get up on that wall and just could not do it). What's even better is there are a couple guys helping Mike and Mario help the girl! Awesome all around.
I've been thinking a lot about the concept of teamwork. There are so many angles to go with this and I think what hit me is that the concept of having a team to support you and that you can support through life is absolutely needed. A good family is a team, a solid group of training partner's business partners, a small group of friends, and so on, all a team. I've been part of really great teams before, and, some pretty damn crappy ones. And through all my team experience, I've figured out a few things:
First off, everybody needs to be part of a good team. You will be held accountable, you will push a good bit harder to be successful at all the things you and your team want, and you'll most likely find success a lot faster. And the best teams will all be there for you no matter what.
My latest team is the creation of Team Courage. We are a small group of athletes so far, but growing surprisingly quickly. My goal is that we all help each other as we grow no matter what. While I may be the head coach, I have built the expectation in the group that all of our voices are just as important and we can all feel comfortable sharing our ideas, thoughts, coaching tips, and suggestions. There is a warm feeling knowing that I have a group of awesome athletes that I can support at all times, and that will support me at all times. It's freaking awesome! I know that when I am struggling through a workout, or with my nutrition, or feeling unmotivated, I'll have at least one of the guys getting after me to make sure I stay on my game. If I can't get over that wall, I know they will all be there to help me up. And they all know that no matter what, I'll be there to help them up.
This is what teamwork is all about. If you don;t have a team in your life, I suggest you go find one that fits your needs perfectly. If you have a crappy team, get the hell off it ASAP! And if you are part of an awesome team, rock on and keep getting better!
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