Strong Sense of Community
A sense of community is a feeling that members have of belonging and a feeling that they matter to one another and to the group.
Let me ask you, do you feel this? Do you have a strong sense of belonging within the group? Do you feel you matter to others within the group?
One of the things that I really wanted to do when I started my business was to create a strong sense of community at Kettlebell Rebellion. I feel like “belonging” somewhere is missing in too many of our lives. When we feel like we don't belong, it matters, and it affects us everyday. It can be very isolating. And lonely, even within a group setting.
It is part of my dream to create an environment where we all feel part of the Rebellion. In having smaller group classes I feel that this has made it possible on some levels, but it has also inadvertently backfired… it has created tiny micro-communities where people are close within their own group classes but do not know anyone outside of their usual class times.
There are a few ways we can help this.
One) we/you can venture into a new class here and there to meet new people.
Two) we/I can create some community events.
I am going to try to be more consistent at creating events every 4-6 weeks. I am always open to suggestions.
A few ideas:
Going back to the Tree to Tree Adventure Park. That was fun (and terrifying!!).
A Beach Day
A hike and picnic
Power-posing and pictures!!!
A little more on the topic of community
Four factors that work together to create a sense of community:
Membership: a sense of belonging, personal relatedness, investment of the self, feeling the right to belong, being a part of the community, boundaries including identifying people who belong and people who don’t belong, emotional safety (through belonging), feelings of acceptance, willingness to sacrifice for the group, identification with the group, sharing common symbols, and personal investment.
Influence: mattering, individual members making a difference to the group and the group having an influence on its members, members having a say in what happens in the group, consensual validation, closeness.
Integration & Fulfillment of Needs: feeling that members’ needs will be met by the resources of the group and through membership, reinforcement, rewarding to members, status of membership, group success, group and individual competence, “person-environment fit,” serve individual’s needs by belonging, shared values, members are able and willing to help one another and receive help in return.
Shared Emotional Connection: the commitment and belief that the community has (and will continue to share) a history, common places, shared events, time together, and similar experiences; positive experiences among group members; relationships and bonds between members; completed tasks; shared importance of events/tasks; investment (time, money, intimacy); emotional risk between members; honors, rewards and humiliation by the community have an impact on members; spiritual bonds.
Dr. Jenny Fremlin
Let me know what you guys think!! In the meantime, I will get an October event up by this weekend.