I was at a dance class working on jump splits. It is a move that is exactly how it sounds – you jump in the air and extend your legs into front splits. It is challenging. There is a lot going on in the move. You have to lock your legs, point your toes, pull through your core, tuck your hips, do something with your arms that doesn’t look crazy, and of course, smile.
The task was to do ten in a row. When we finished, she asked for another ten… then another ten… and another ten. 40 in total.
During this my teacher was in the back of the room cheering us on. She kept saying over and over “you’ve got this.” At about number 25, I gave her the look of “I don’t got this” and she looked me in the eye and said “you’ve got this.” Over and over she supported us, encouraged us. Three simple words. You’ve got this.
I was reminded of a couple key things in this class. First, I’ve got it. But I don’t got it without help. I need encouragement. I need support. I need to ask for help in whatever way I can, especially when I am doing something challenging or unknown. I’ve got it, but I don’t have to get it alone. In addition to the instructor, there were cheers from other students, and also looks of exhaustion, which was awesome. Because if I know my classmate is also tired and sweaty and out of breath, but still going for it, it’s like damn, you go girl, and I go too. We feed off each other in such an amazing way. The people that surround you are important. You should be able to lean on them. As Tiffany wrote a few months ago, your vibe attracts your tribe, and I couldn’t agree more.
Look around you this week. Someone needs support. Someone needs the reminder that they’ve got it. Be the one that gives them that. Pay it forward!