Persistence (Part 3): Power Of Community
We aren’t meant to do big things alone.
A community of the right people will help move you forward, especially when you encounter setbacks.
This is the third part of my series around Persistence, which was inspired by a recent injury that set me back on my running goals.
(Good news, through persistence I am now pain free and running!)
In part 1 we started the series discussing the importance of making a commitment to the goal, having a strong why, and understanding that challenges will come up and that you will have to pivot in order to keep going. In part 2 I brought you a rarely discussed concept, which is the power of using that dark side (that chip on your shoulder) as fuel every once in awhile.
Wooo...that’s a lot of stuff we covered.
The final piece to this series on persistence is important. I’ve seen the power of it not only in my own life, but in the lives of people I work with.
You might have figured out that it is community.
A community made up of people you TRUST who push you to challenge yourself and support you along the way.
It can’t just be anybody.
Sometimes we think of our circle of friends as the right people to help us reach our goals, but that isn’t always the case. They might not be working towards the same goals, understand what you are trying to achieve, or they could be the very people who hold you back.
The right community is one that is filled with like-minded people who share the same values, beliefs and mindset as you. A group that includes individuals who are committed to achieving goals, possibly some who are working towards similar things or have reached a higher level than you.
These people usually end up becoming your closest friends in the process.
In my efforts to stay on track, to stay persistent in the face of my recent injury, I called on my support system BIG time. In fact, I took the opportunity to expand it.
I have been working with a posture specialist who is one of my biggest fans and is pushing me every week to show up and do the work because she wants to see me hit my goals. She is helping me correct my alignment so that I stay healthy AND ultimately run faster. (Win win.)
I’ve spoken to and leaned on teammates and fitness friends who understand my goals, have suffered through their own challenges with injuries, and encouraged me to keep doing the things I could until I got healthy.
My coach has been instrumental in making sure I don’t overdo it, and even when I asked him if I could jump into a race (because I’m back got running and eager!), he quickly put the breaks on it by reminding me of the big picture. And, like I tell my clients, he reminded me that instant gratification only gets you so far.
The point is, we can’t work through challenges and expect to reach that next level of success in any area of our life if we try to do the work alone. Our greatest growth, our biggest opportunities, and the parts of the experience that contribute to the enjoyment of the journey are all due to the people who take the ride with us.
Going after goals alone isn’t fun, and it just doesn’t get you to the finish line. It’s why one of the things I love most about my work is cultivating groups who can do the deep work together.
If you’re interested in being a part of a badass community, I am launching an online group coaching program next month that you might want to consider! Request details here.
Start working on building your community. If you want to be healthy, surround yourself with people who are healthy. If you want to grow in your career, find people with those same goals or who have reached a level you aspire to reach). If you want to be happy, surround yourself with happy people. 😀
People you trust.
As I wrap up this little series on persistence, I want to remind you that you’ve got to practice persistence every freaking day. If you can’t build it when things are easy, it will be very difficult to show up when it gets tough.
“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training.”
Keep taking the little action items every day.
P.S. If you want to join a group of like-minded individuals who are driven and supportive, consider checking out my FREE Facebook Group, The Goal-Getter’s Club. We’d love to support YOU on your goals.