There is no “I” in Team

Do you participate in groups or do you contribute to a TEAM? There is a reason the Seattle Seahawks are called a football team and not a football group. Because a team has discipline, a team has motivation, a team has work ethic, a team has heart, and a team has drive! A Team is a group of highly motivated, hard working, individuals all wanting to achieve the exact same goal.

One, two, three...

One, two, three…

A group, on the other hand, is just a gathering of like-minded individuals who lack drive, have zero ambition, and lack similar goals!  Individuals of a group often, experience  symptoms of ADD by constantly losing focus on one goal, moving on to the next goal before the first goal was ever completed. Group participants will also contribute different amounts of effort, can (and will) “step-on you” to gain more success, and most importantly they all have different different measurements for determining success.

Stay Focused

Don’t lose it

But a Team, has just one crystal clear objective and all members are ready and willing to give 100% effort toward achieving that desired objective. Members of a team eat, sleep and breath the same desired objective. Team members will push and motivate each other because they know, the only way to get that desired objective is to have all members actually reach and perform at full potential.

A team is that next level hierarchy of human efficiency. First you are an individual, then you realize you can only achieve so much by yourself, so you join a group. A group takes you much further than any individual could ever dream of, but a group lacks focus and this lack of focus will hold you back from achieving full potential.

I dare you to find me just one successful person in business, science, sports, anything, who became successful without any help. They don’t exist, it is impossible for an individual to be bigger than a team. Do you remember Terrell Owens, T.O? There is a reason the Seahwaks cut him last year, their is a reason he has played for like 5 different teams over the last 7 years, because he thinks he is bigger than the team. He arguably had the potential and raw talent to possibly be the best ever, but he refused to be a team player and now he can only wonder what he might have been. Talent and potential will only take you so far, you need a team to reach the promise land.

I am better than my teammates

When you end up in Cincinnati and still no one likes you, you have need to take a long hard look in the mirror. 😉

What do all successful people have in common?  They surrounded themselves with the most positive, like-minded people they can find and created a team. Successful people do not have time for the haters and the saboteurs out there (negative people), they only have time for the people that support them and bring out the best in them. Without a team ,their would be no electricity, no internet, no iPhone, no indoor plumbing, etc. Make no mistake a group is still much stronger than a individual, but a team is unstoppable!

Think about bike racing (think Tour de France) most people think cycling is an individual sport but you would be wrong, Lance Armstrong (please save your doping jokes) had a team. Why, well if you have ever ridden a bike you know you can go much further and much faster in a pack then you could ever do by yourself! No rider is faster than the pack.

No one person is faster than the pack!

No one person is faster than the pack!

Trust me joining a team will not make reaching your full potential any easier, it just makes it possible. Team members work harder than ever and being a part of a team requires you do your part, there are no free rides on a team, you must put in work stay on the team.

I will be honest, some of you are nowhere near reaching your goals, not even close, because you still think you can do it by yourself! Some of you are at least smart enough to realize you can’t do it by yourself but you are wasting time participating in a group instead of contributing to a team! Trust me, that group is holding you back, now’s the time for change!  Surround yourself with positive, like-minded folks, both with the motivated people that want the same goals (teammates) and the people who best know the way (mentors).

So if you are tired of wondering about your potential, if your tired of being held back by the unmotivated, if you are tired of always losing focus, it is time to join a team! Find that team for health success, business success and life success.

A man can only do so much, but a team can re-create universes.


The CINCO, Numero Tres (Melissa Melbourne)

Three CINCOs in three weeks, all I can say is WOW, congratulations Melissa Melbourne! I am so impressed! This is what make our members so special, they DO NOT back away from any challenge, in fact when the going gets tough, instead of backing off or quitting, CKO Seattle members just keep moving forward till the task at hand is completed giving 100% effort the entire time! This in not only impressive but it speaks volumes of who they really are, and I can’t think of a better life characteristic than having great character.

These 3-CINCOS also reminded me that going to a gym can actually be a lot of fun, once you find the right gym! During all 5-classes Melissa had constant support from both the CKO Staff and a lot members. In fact, many members did “doubles” and even “triples” just to show their support!!!  I have talked to many individuals who love to brag about their $10 gym, ironically these are the same people that dread going to the gym and as a result rarely if ever show up and workout (does 2 gym visits in the last 6-months sound familiar?). What good is a cheap “$10 gym” that you never go to because it is a cold lonely place? CKO is literally the Cheers of the fitness world, “everybody knows your name” and everybody will support your fitness journey!

The CINCO, Numero Dos! (Kristina Willson)

Wow if this keeps up I may soon be fluent in Spanish 😉 The CKO members are very special, it seems as if they are always raising the bar of what I thought was possible! There was a time when sports scientist and even some of the worlds most elite runners thought that running a mile in under 4-minuets was beyond human capability, it was IMPOSSIBLE . Between the 1940’s and 1950’s many tired and many came very close, but a sub 4-min mile seem just out of reach. Then on May 6, 1954 a medical student named Roger Bannister did the impossible and ran a mile in 3:59.4! The world was shocked, Roger Bannister did the impossible, and many thought his record breaking run would last forever, but just 46 days later John Landy ran a sub 4-min mile too! Now thousands of runners, even high school athletes are now able to run a mile in less than 4-mins.

Jab, cross blast out!

Jab, cross blast out!

So how did something go from being impossible to something amateurs are now capable of doing? The answer is the human mind and learning to push through our self-imposed limitations. First it takes a very special person to challenge the “status quo” and BELIEVE that nothing is impossible. Then once we as humans know something is possible, a light bulb goes off in our head, telling us “hey if they can do it, so can I”. This is a powerful realization because just knowing something is possible, changes our entire mindset, while the specific task may not be easy, we know that it can be done and that my friends is what we call a game changer!

Round hous

Round house

So if Jon Rogers is CKO’s version of Roger Bannister, Kristina Wilson is John Landy! So just one week after Jon Rogers did the elusive CINCO (5-classes in one day), Kristina Willson took on the 5-class challenge, proving once again we are only held back by our own self- imposed limits. Congratulations Kristina Willson!

Push-up club!

Push-up club!

So what does this have to do with fitness? We all know that healthy body/lifestyle transformations are 100% POSSIBLE, in fact, every year hundreds of thousands of people have; lost weight (many in much worse circumstances than your own), reduced their medication, and look and feel 10-years younger, hell in just 1-year we have had numerous healthy lifestyle transformation at CKO Seattle! So the only reason you have not yet reached your goal is because of your own self-imposed limitations. Never forget that a complete health transformation is 100% POSSIBLE, I am not saying it will be easy but it can be done, and you, yes YOU are capable of it but you must first believe than you MUST take action!

All done!

All done!