Half Way There

halfWe have passed the half way point in our 1 Million Movement Challenge! As of today, we are at 507,114 combined push ups, leg raises and squats.

Ask people, self included, if we thought this was possible when I brought up the idea.

Now, ask them.

The difference between answer ONE and answer TWO is huge. It is not just a word or a phrase  that is different, it is an entire approach. Truthfully, I am not sure one of use thought we could do this. At the end of January, it appeared as if we would be correct. A slow start, smaller than normal attendance, recovering from a marathon (two of us) and a few other odds and ends were factors that did not bode well for us.

February, something changed and the numbers starting shooting up. The energy became almost palpable and beliefs changed almost before our eyes. Perhaps the most important thing was this — we were not doing it for ourselves. We were doing it for and as a group. There is power in numbers. There is power in a group.

So move the calendar ahead a few months and we are nearly 3 weeks ahead of schedule. It has taken a tremendous amount of effort, but every member of Central Florida Systema has put forth that effort.

The greatest “secret” that I noticed is the willingness of our group to do what others are not willing to do. No, I am not referring to push ups or leg raises in the heat, or by oneself. Nor am I referring to squats that never seem to end. I am referring to showing up.

Each member has showed up to class, Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, week after week. It has not been easy. There are a hundred and one reasons why it would be both easy and understandable to miss. Yet, most people don’t. They attend and do the work. . .the grind.

I have said this before: It is easy to go to seminars. They are fun, enjoyable. But if this is all you do, you are pseudo-training. The real work comes the day after the seminars, when only your regular group is around and you have to do the work. You have to make the mistakes and you have to roll up your sleeves and do it again. No pictures with Vlad. No t-shirts reminding you of the event. Just sweat and effort.

It is not that we have done a half million movements, on our way to 1 million. It is that we have lived by the martial arts code — Just show up. 


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