“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” - Amy Poehler

There is a constant battle in the sport science world about whether genetics or environment (like training) is more important in determining if someone will become a great athlete or not. Obviously genetics play a huge role, especially for factors like height. But environment is also critical, for example how you work on your technique determines to a large extent how good your sport mechanics are. So I'm a believer that both are important.

You can't control your genetics. But you can control your environment and your training. What this means for you is that your personal environment and your training are not small things. And you get to decide who you want to be by creating the conditions around you.

It has been said that people are the sum of the 5 people that they spend the most time with. Which leads to an important question about the people around you:

Are they making me better?

Last year, four women made history by being the first team to row across the Pacific Ocean. They started in San Fransisco and rowed to Australia. It took them 9 months to complete the 8,500 mile journey and they went down in history. All 4 members of the team were vital to their success. Their success was not attributed to one person - it was due to the sum of the entire crew. 

So whatever you are trying to accomplish, make sure you surround yourself with excellent people - people who make you better. This can be someone you like training with. Or perhaps a great partner for talking about healthy nutrition and cooking. Or a great friend who you can relax with and just be yourself. The key is to take some time to think about who you are spending your time with and make sure that they are positive influences on your life.

A great team is part of your environment, and your environment drives your success.

Today's POWER-UP: Recruit Your Dream Team

These are the 5 people that make you better and will help you reach your goals and dreams. I also think that you can help these people be better. Together you can achieve great things.

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