Updated: May 23
Things are opening back up in Texas and this week I’ve made it back to my CrossFit Gym for the first time in 2 months. (Lots of different procedures and fewer people, following all of the local health and safety protocols.)
It’s so great to be back. Well, it’s also kind of terrible, but mostly great. The soreness will eventually subside and I’ll get back to setting and accomplishing new goals. But what has really stood out for me is how important it is for me to get in my car, drive to the gym, see my workout friends, and get to work.
Free online workouts are awesome but no matter how good they are, and how accessible, they don’t work if you don’t actually do them.
Knowing your friends are doing the workout makes it easier, but not as easy as if they were there with you.
Without some friendly competition and a coach encouraging me, I don’t work half as hard.
Here’s what I’ve realized for myself, most of this I already knew, but the lock down situation confirmed it again for me:
I need a coach. Someone who believes I can do more than I believe I can.
I need other people to know I showed up, lovingly harass me when I don’t, and challenge me to keep going when I don’t want to.
I need to put some money down and have some skin in the game.
This is why I’ve been going to CrossFit for 7 years, even as a personal trainer myself.
This is why I sign up (and pay) for half-marathons and triathlons, and then tell my friends that I did.
And it’s not just for my workouts. This is why I’ve worked with my nutrition coach for 4 years, even when I hold some of the same certifications she does.
This is why I’ve worked with an amazing Life Coach, and practiced with inspired yoga teachers when I’m a yoga teacher myself and teach many of the same principles and practices.
Coaches, financial investments, and community all hold us accountable to our goals. Not because they want you to accomplish big things, but because you want to accomplish big things and they want to help you be successful.
All of the knowledge in the world doesn’t accomplish your goals if you don’t implement what you know. Coaches and a supportive community provide accountability to help us become our best.
And when you’re in the middle of your own journey, you can’t always see the big picture. We’re so busy just getting by, we don’t always see the infinite possibilities that might be available to us if we just took a different look. A coach can help you take a step back and see a broader perspective. To help you question limiting beliefs and push past your mental barriers.
This realization has me thinking about how I can be of the most service to this community, and those who aren’t part of this community yet.
I’m thinking about creating a membership collective that would provide all of these things. Coaching, group encouragement and accountability, and a bit of an investment to demonstrate a commitment to personal growth and consistent practice. What I imagine is weekly content made available, including yoga classes, meditations, journaling prompts, yoga nidra practices, a weekly (or twice monthly) live connect via zoom maybe a class, pose breakdown and modifications, coaching concepts, Q and A, etc., and an exclusive Facebook community where we can all connect and share between our weekly meetup.
These are just my ideas, but I want to create it, with the help of the founding members, to be exactly what the collective wants and needs it to be.
I think there is such an opportunity to make a different in so many lives, both for the members of the collective as well as the ripples they create in their families and their local community.
The current circumstances in our world have shown us that we can really come together or we can tear each other apart. It’s a choice we make, and it’s a conscious one. I want to begin to grow a community that chooses to respond in their relationships and circumstances without reacting out of fear.
Imagine being able to diffuse any argument simply by being curious about why the other person is thinking what they’re thinking.
Imagine being able to disagree without judgement or hard feelings.
Imagine having radical acceptance of everything that we experience. To be able to explore and feel a huge range of thoughts, feelings, and emotions without fear or being defined by those thoughts, feelings, or emotions.
I know it’s possible, and I want it for everyone. I kind of can’t help but share it with anyone who will listen.
What I'm wondering is this:
Would you be interested in being a part of a collective like this? And if you would, what would you want it to look like? What would you like to see? What concepts would you want to explore and practice? What would you want more of, what would you want less of?
So can you do me a favor and send me a message if you think it’s an interesting idea? And what you’d like in a group like this if you were to join? If you want to learn more join the I'm Interested List here.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Whether you actually intend to join or not, I’d love to hear what you think.