Taking hits for the team

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Last night I got kicked in the face. My nose bled and I now have a slightly fat upper lip. When it happened, I made sure to congratulate the owner of the foot.

Let’s roll that back a bit. I’ve been doing fitness kickboxing for the last few years. Recently, I took up learning more of the technical aspects of the sport and this includes weekly sparring. Last night was sparring night. I always find sparring an interesting experience. People are doing their best not to get hit, but when they do, you always hear them giving kudos to their opponent – a punch to the head is a “nice shot”, a kick to the stomach is a “good job”.

It’s a pain (quite literally) but one we are all willing to endure happily because it means the other person is improving and us poor suckers on the receiving end are learning.

It turns out, when you are part of a good team, you’ll put up with quite a bit of pain and struggle to help one another. When we feel connected to our team members and care about their development, we will put ourselves on the line for them, knowing they’ll do the same for us.

This is what builds resiliency, perseverance and strength in teams – when we are willing to be open and vulnerable with others to help them grow and when we are willing to put our own comfort aside for the betterment of the team. And, in the end, we all reap the benefits.

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