Seth Godin says, ““One of the most powerful of our survival mechanisms is to be part of a tribe, to contribute to (and take from) a group of like-minded people. We are drawn to leaders and to their ideas, and we can’t resist the rush of belonging and the thrill of the new.”
Without sounding too cliche, 2020 has been a weird one! From the initial “we are going to close for one week to let things settle” to month after month of not being able to open our doors…Although it feels a million years away, it also feels like just yesterday. We were about 4 weeks into the “Covid closure” that I was nervous about what would happen to the gym if this continued. Members were slowly dropping week after week…
Then another month. And another. And another.
While we’re not out of this pandemic yet, people were ready to return. Many small gyms, the ones that have limited members and can control who’s coming in their facility are starting to grow again. People are looking to be around “their” people again. Whether it’s your book club, sports team, religious gathering place, or the gym. While many continued their training at home, members were so happy to be back in. The smiles on their faces when they walked back through those front doors were beaming.
There’s a difference when you’re there in person. The buzz of energy. The sounds of controlled chaos. Your friends pushing you when you thought you couldn’t run faster. Or couldn’t do another rep. But then you did.
You missed the smiles that have been hidden under masks.
The world outside is seemingly falling apart at times, but in here you miss the camaraderie of that crew of people pulling for you to succeed. Workouts at 6am don’t seem nearly as early when surrounded by your gym family. All the feels are not the same while your people are seen through a computer screen.
There’s something incredibly special about a group of people that suffer and sweat together.
Crews, squads, gym fams of all kinds are important because;
-Life will have its difficult times. You will fail. You will make mistakes. You’ll want the support of your crew.
-There will be things that you don’t want to do (but you need to do). You’re going to need people to believe in you, more than you believe in yourself at those moments.
-There are people that care about what you have to say. You need to find them.
Go find yours.