Do you watch American Ninja Warrior? If you haven't watched it yet, please do so; it's awesome. It's no secret that it's one of my favorite television programs.
Sitting on my couch I'll often feel as though I get a slight work-out. Watching these incredible athletes compete on an obstacle course comprised of rigorous physical challenges can be exhausting. I will actually feel my body pull and stiffen while they stretch and struggle to grasp onto a rope or fight to maintain balance on a rotating log. I tighten my muscles as though I was reaching for the swing; I'll even gasp with slight exhaustion. "Ohhhh!"
Technically these athletes compete against each other to see who will advance farther and faster to achieve the title of "the" American Ninja Warrior; but it doesn't feel like it. Without exception, each competitor cheers the other contestants on while encouraging them to ultimately beat the course. The disappointment is shared by everyone if one of them falls off the obstacle and lands in the water. It's such a great example of empathy.
I wish all of society was more like American Ninja Warrior; more supportive; more encouraging and more empathetic. Yes, we "compete" in the business world but wouldn't it be nice if we could also be more supportive.
It would be such a kick to stand in front of a large office building and shout out to people as they walked in to work. "You can do it! You got this! I believe in you!"
Just for a day.....let's try it.
Life presents each one of us with a series of obstacles; some are easy to overcome and some feel as though they are too difficult. Let's encourage each other to take it on!
Become a true American Ninja Warrior .....YOU got this; I believe in YOU.