You are only as strong as your weakest link.

The above statement applies to any team scenario and also to your body and it’s mobility and ability to improve.

To begin I will tell you a story about high school cheerleading.

I accomplished ten year-old Garrett’s goal of making Varsity cheerleading as a freshman and was one nervous, stocky little girl. The athletes on this team were all ex-gymnasts and could all do full-twisting back layouts.

Me at age 15.

Me at age 15.

I could do mine— sometimes.

I could land mine—once in a blue moon.

It was usually a big crash, crumble, burn…ouch. However, I was strong and did know somewhere inside my insecure brain that I brought something to the team.

Our coach, Ms. Johnson always reminded us we are only as strong as our weakest link. It put pressure on me. But, I also had a standing back tuck and a triple toe-touch tuck that a few others struggled with. We all had to work on our strengths and weaknesses to be one complete team.

Thus if everyone on the team doesn’t have a skill— the team doesn’t have it. We are not on the level of our best girl, but our worst rather.

Thing is, by my junior year of high school, I was one of the most flexible and skilled at tumbling. But I never settled. I always worried about getting the other team members up on their skills prepping them to be their best.

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I never forgot this lesson. And just last week, I felt like i did my freshman year– in a real-life, post-grad situation I am experiencing. I have been frustrated because in this scenario I am the weakest link, and despite being hungry to be better, to get that metaphorical “full-twisting back-layout” I need more guidance and help.

In a team scenario, besides having skills, there are usually leaders.

Leaders are key.

But in my opinion, leaders should be good at managing the team, inspiring the team, and ensuring that everyone is on the same page, has the same skills and knowledge.

Also, the leader should know the strengths and weaknesses of the members whether they are athletes on a team, or members of a technology company working on a new campaign etc.

Just like a team leader guides and oversees, inspires and drives the team to success, your mind should be in-tune with your body enough to do the same for health and longevity.

For instance, just like the cheerleading example, even if you have the strongest biceps or can press a 44kg bell overhead, if your ankles are injured and you have no mobility, you will never even be able to squat correctly.

There comes a point when you have to take a step back and assess the reality.

Go beyond looking at the highlights, the team superstars, the strong pretty muscles you can showcase in a tank top.

You need to look deeper…

…how do you feel on each step of your run?

…how do you feel in that warm-up yoga pose?

….how do you feel when you eat gluten?

…how do you feel when you take a deep breath?

To be a good team leader is to be mindful with your body. Your body is a set of systems always working together as a team.

You MUST consider your weakest link ALWAYS.

Don’t see the weakest link as a meek.

Don’t see it as an inhibitor or annoyance.

It has every chance to be as powerful as those biceps or strong shoulders, it can do that full-twisting back layout. The rest of the team just has to come together and give it some TLC, focus and attention.

You are only as strong as your weakest link.

NEVER FORGET THE BASICS.

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