Are there enough Tarahumaras in your team?

Are there enough Tarahumaras in your team?

In the southwestern part of the state of Chihuahua in northwestern Mexico you will find the Barrancas del Cobre, a group of six magnificent copper and green-coloured canyons.  In this area, the Tarahumara are living: a near-mythical tribe of super athletes, with a reputation of being the greatest runners of all time.  Their real name is Rarámuri: the Running People.  They are the Shaolin monks of running.  When it comes to ultra-distances, nobody and nothing can beat the Tarahumara.  They have an extraordinary endurance and always continue where others stop.

I believe we can learn a lot about persistence when observing the Tarahumara.  Point in case: too many people give up too early.  We should have the courage to make ourselves stronger by exposing ourselves to difficulties and stress, followed of course by adequate recovery.  That’s exactly what the Tarahumara do: challenging their muscles past their current limits.  This prompts a phenomenon called “super-compensation”.  If your body is facing a challenge that exceeds a muscle’s current capacity, it instantly reacts by building more muscle fibers in order to anticipate the next physical challenge. 

Think about it: we all have muscles, at different levels; emotional, mental and spiritual.  If you want to ‘grow’, have the courage to push yourself beyond your current comfort zones, whatever the difficulties and challenges.  If you always expose your muscles to normal demands, they will never grow.  The best moments, both in your business and private lives, often occur when your body or your mind is pushed to the limits in an effort to reach an almost ‘unreachable’ goal.  So if your company is operating in a highly competitive environment, make sure there are enough Tarahumaras in your team.

 

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