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A Friend Indeed: Off-Season WLC Skill Practice

By December 11, 2023Well-Being Practices
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The Off-Season WLC Skill Practices are mini-challenges intended to help you fine-tune different aspects of your health and wellness. Offered between Challenges, these weekly practices address fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, productivity, and personal connection — because health is about far more than food and the gym (and we could all use a little practice)

This Week, Take Time Each Day to Connect with a Friend

Simple Instructions:

  1. Each day this week, reach out to a friend.
  2. Use whatever communication method you see fit, but strive for a genuine connection.
  3. Ideally, extend an invitation, and if you’re able, meet in person — to share a meal, workout, or just be together.
  4. Don’t let “time” be an excuse. Find a moment to reach out, no matter how busy you might be.
  5. If you happen to meet with difficulty in getting together, don’t worry. Just keep calling, texting, and inviting.

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Why Is This Skill Practice Important?

There might be no better way to build happiness into your life than to connect with the people you truly enjoy (for no other reason than you enjoy them).

Still, many of us treat our friendships and connections as leisure activities, to be nurtured only after the “real work” of being an adult is complete. We go to work, we go home, we answer our emails, we schedule our days and then — maybe then — we make time for our friends. In doing so, we lose out on a huge source of joy, putting personal connection at the back of the line.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. With just a little bit of forethought, we can elevate the role of friendship in our lives to great effect — making both ourselves and our friends happy (and improving everyone’s life along the way).

This week, you’ll put friendship first, reaching out with the goal of bringing more joy to your days. Give it a shot, and see if this practice fits with your life.

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Jon Gilson
Jon Gilson is a coach and writer, and the former CEO of the Whole Life Challenge.

Previously, he founded Again Faster Equipment, a functional fitness equipment company created to serve the CrossFit community. Established in 2006, Jon took the Company global in 2012, twice landing on the Inc. 500/5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.

From 2007 to 2013, he served as a Senior Lecturer for CrossFit, Inc., training aspiring CrossFit trainers at over 100 seminars, including engagements in Iceland, Afghanistan, Moscow, Holland, the United States, and Canada. Jon also served on the CrossFit L1 Advisory Board, helping establish policy for the organization’s training efforts from 2011 to 2013.

He’s also done stints in state government, gym management, and consulting — and currently teaches classes at CrossFit City Line.

Jon graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Psychology. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Finance and Control from the Harvard Extension School, 2006, and has completed coursework in data analytics.