Finding connection to the people we train with

Another week down in our brave new world and I am continually reminded of how amazing the people are that I get to interact with daily in FEAT. We can not thank you enough for being with us through this time, for celebrating our 2nd birthday, but more so, for being a part of the FEAT philosophy and vision. It is because of you that we can bring our way of being into reality.

I was sitting in our Monday meeting this week and just so blown away by how much we have going on in FEAT. March Madness has come to an end and it was so good to see how well EVERYONE did this month, regardless of what has been happening in the world around us. I mean we have moved all our training to a completely new platform, have people still smashing their training goals, the celebration of our 2nd birthday, Winter FEAT planning and so much more! But honestly, what gets me out of bed each and every morning, is no matter what, there is the FEAT vibe and that is always seen in sessions, clearly irrelevant of if the session are in the park or over the web.

I whole heatedly believe our purpose in life is about trusting those around us and being about more than just yourself. Really there is only so much pleasure that you can get when your going after an individual purpose. Simply think about when something amazing happens in your life, the first thing you want to do is share it with people you love.

When you share these amazing things with people that get you and that understand you, all of a sudden this feeling grows for you and for the people your sharing it with. As you express these achievements in words, it starts to show up in reality. This is the same with FEAT as a training group. When you achieve something incredible at training, when you push yourself to a new level in a session, it is your training community that are the first you want to share this with and the first to get it. Being connected to those around you is one of the most primitive and basic values of humanity. Now it is as important, if not more, than ever.

If we strip this idea back to its rawest form, you start to see that Homo Sapiens - yep I've been hanging with Yuval again - came to rule the world because we are the only animals that can cooperate flexibly in large numbers (eg persistence hunting or trade). We are certainly not the strongest animals on the planet, even the weakest chimpanzee is stronger than the strongest human. In terms of collective efficiency, bee hives or ants nests are so in sync that their productivity is on a level that humans can never compete.

Our evolutionary advantage literally comes from our capacity to trust. We can create mass cooperation networks, in which thousands and millions of complete strangers work together towards a common goal. This was achieved through our capacity to tell stories that created links between people who have never met each other.

Simply, it is one of our most natural evolutionary advantage. This is the mysterious glue that has allowed us to dominate and control the environment and world around us. It is not about genes, we are not stronger or faster than other animals, rather it is made up completely of stories.

We create stories that will draw a common link between people and allow us to trust each other immediately, hence we can collaborate in our efforts towards a common goal. These stories include things such as made up gods, nations, language and most powerfully, money. All these things bind millions of people together to cooperate on an incredibly high level. Yet, none of these things exists outside the stories that humans have invented and tell each other. There are no gods in the universe, no nations, no inherent human language and no money - except in the common imagination and agreements of human beings. It is our capacity to tell and believe stories that has allowed us to become the most prominent species on the planet.

Right now this is incredibly important for us to come to understand. The way things are 'meant' to be is totally made up in the constructs of our minds and our socially excepted views of the world. In light of everything that is happening in the world at the moment, I find this incredibly exciting. As we are being 'sent to our rooms' so to speak, we might as well do some thinking. We might as well ask ourselves what sort of reality we want to walk out to when we are allowed out?

So as you're participating in these little challenges we put to you or at your next training session. Take a second to look around and feel the connection. The connection to the people you are training with and the connection to the story - your purpose. But always remember that it is exactly that - your story!

Sunrise from this week