It's no shocker that having a group of people who have similiar interests, drive and time to spend together is beneficial. I mean, hello? Remember those things called clubs in High School? I know, it's been a while BUT we can still use our little noggins for knowledge. (Shudders at the thought of having a turning 27 last week. Old Maid anyone?)
If we KNOW that it's helpful to have a group, or say an Entourage of people to motivate, why don't we add this to our active efforts?
Take a moment. What I am suggesting is taking a format that is proven to work and applying it to another aspect of our life. EUREKA! I am a genius!!!!!!!!!!! Nope, I just realized what motivates me!
When did this earthshattering idea come into fruition? While on vacation, I had to complete my 5 mile run for my Half Marathon Training. Feeling lazy and lacking motivation, my lovely tour guide offered to run with me. What was a polite gesture on his part turned into more! At the end of the race he was amazed.
"This is the longest I've ever run before. Wow. I just needed motivation."
WHAT?!?! Someone with little running experience was able to bump up their all time running record with a little entourage action? This was proof that all someone needs to get started is a little encouragement. How you can create your own built in motivational entourage?
- Find people with similar goals (Ask friends, strangers at the gym, utilize twitter)
- Set a tangible goal you can all agree on (My group chose a Half Marathon. We all picked the days we would run together)
- Keep each other accountable (We text when we wake up and when we are on our way to run)
- While you work out, motivate one another (We yell how it's easy and nag when of us wants to quit)
- Rinse and repeat for ultimate success
Because I knowingly followed this, I now have a 5 person running Exercise Entourage and a 10 person rock climbing Exercise Entourage.
Yesterday, I completed my 3rd week of Half Marathon Training! AND next week I am running The Highlander!! I would not have been able to do ANY of this without my Exercise Entourage. More proof? I think so!
How will you get an Exercise Entourage formed? Do you already have one?