Wednesday Wellness: Team Work

I just finished a book by an unknown author I bought in a rush at Borders in their “Going out of Business” sale. It was an impulsive buy because it was only $4 and I thought, “Hmmm, can’t go wrong with this one!” You know those sales…you just have to have it! It ended up being one of the best books I have read in a while! The theme wrapped around basketball (a sport I knew little about until recently), but more importantly, it was about teamwork and the power of believing in each other.

Team, however, can be more than a basketball team; it is family, friends, coworkers, business transactions, workout groups, and virtually anything involving at least two people. Team is about supporting each other through all obstacles and becoming vulnerable enough to depend on someone else. Team is about a relationship where someone else can believe in your word and your actions even when they feel like they themselves are drowning.

In the coaching work I do as well as the athletics and supports systems I am lucky enough to be involved with and observe, I see the greatest strengths lie in those who work together and count on each other. It only works though when you do what you say when you say you are going to do it and you earn the trust of your team mate(s).

When I see weight loss clients struggle, those who they trust help them because of their belief in each other ~ the same with a client reaching a fitness or lifestyle goal. In this life, we rarely achieve success (whatever that means to you) alone, it’s through the support of those who realize your goal and are there to help move you along the way.

As many of you know, I am a cyclist and lately we’ve encountered some heavy winds on many of our rides. When we have this kind of wind, it’s beneficial if we “draft” off of the rider in front of our bike’s wheel. To do this, you need to ride about a foot or so (if not closer) to that rider. Let me tell you, learning this is a bit scary, but it is all about trusting your team mate in front of you and their team mate in front of them. Together however, if everyone communicates, we expend quite a bit less energy. The front of the pack leader gets quite a workout however, let me tell you!

When you look at birds in the sky, they form a “V” to create a similar dynamic of force and energy expenditure. If you are able to watch the birds for a while; they will rotate their leader so none of the birds get too tired. Again…teamwork!

Look at your team(s), your support group(s) and get in touch with the power that is within your reach when you are in the game!