Last week we started a new weight loss contest at Whole Body Fitness. We added a new twist. People were randomly placed on a team. The purpose is to promote positive change through accountability and support. The message is clear. We are in this together.
I think it’s cool to have a bunch of people doing the same thing at the same time. The energy at WBF of everyone doing the same exercise, together is what gets people out of their comfort zone. This includes ending Core Class with 5 minutes of meditation.
The power of a group can offer motivation to individuals to accomplish things they just can’t or wouldn’t do by themselves. The sense of community empowers people. Everyone has a job to do when participating in a group. Sometimes your duty is to listen, talk, ask questions, motivate, challenge, participate or encourage. Your role will fluctuate week to week. But your main responsibility in any group is to just be present and available. When people feel supported they can accomplish anything. Giving someone the vibe, “You are not alone”, is one of the most meaningful gifts possible.
My clients that have attended AA for years say, “You need to go the most, when you don’t want to go.” I skipped the big Boston conference the past couple years. Too busy. Attending this one gave me an inspirational boost that will push me along for a while. This gathering had power in the numbers. I also believe in the power of 2. It only takes one person to hold your hand and pull you along. Do you ask for a helping hand when you need it? Do you give it to others when they need you?
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” — Mother Teresa