You wouldn’t trust a dentist with bad teeth and poor dental hygiene 🦷
So why it is that fitness professional feel that can be in bad health and out of shape, while still getting the respect they desire is quite odd.
Same is true for people in the medical realms, the amount of people that champion good health, etc are often morbidly obese and hardly a good advert for following their own advice/recommendations.
Now don’t think this is a focused jibe at only a select few.
It’s relevant to a lot of people in a lot of professions.
Take the ‘weight loss’ coach who’ve over weight, or the strength coach that doesn’t life and the online business guru that didn’t have any hint of success in their own business.
While their outward appearance and successes are only one factor to consider, they can’t be overlooked.
Often we are the result of our habits/behaviour.
Years ago when reading the ‘One Minute Manager’ by Johnson & Blanchard, they bring up a great point in the one minute reprimand section.
The person is great, however their behaviour is less than conducive to success/productivity.
(I will grab a shot of the overall outline for this which will be todays photo).
Looking at the behaviours we NEED and them comparing them to the behaviours we HAVE can be quite eye opening.
Speaking from bitter experience of making endless mistakes I personally learned that more often than not the problem was with me.
This in tern yielded a very vigilant attitude that would seek out any and all information to see if it was purely an individual thing (in my head) or if it was shared.
More often than not it was an internal behaviour that needed to change.
At his point you hold you hand up, accept you’re the issue and then go about ascertaining the behaviours YOU need to adopt to gain the desired outcome.
As such these three questions are always worth asking yourself, perhaps even asking them every day too:
1 – What behaviours are required to achieve XYZ & why?
2 – What are my current behaviours & Why?
3 – How will I change my behaviours to succeed?
Now if you’ve got many things to change, choose the most important ones that need addressing immediately.
^ Personally I love the Eisenhower Matrix for this, that’s the 4 quartered box with these over each:
Important & Urgent – Do it
Important & Not Urgent – Diarise it
Not Important & Urgent – Delegate it
Not Important & Not Urgent – Delete it
You can use this to address what needs addressing.
Behaviour change can be hard, yet speaking from the eyes of a weary fitness practitioner it’s always best to lead by example.
On this path you’ll also need to be cripplingly honest with yourself.
I’ve been doing the a lot with myself recently, especially in regards to training and attitude, what was dug up wasn’t pretty, there was some rather abounding cognitive dissonance.
Example: Training – In my ego my squat was still an easy 140kg for 10 as base strength after a couple of bad injuries and no real squatting of 3 years, the reality was not this, 110kg for 10’s is the reality.
To move forwards it needed to be accepted and behaviours changed.
It breaks your heart, really it does, yet to grow we need to do it and we need to hear such things.
More importantly though we need to action them.
Knowing what to do and acting upon it are two very different things, you see many know what to do, they will talk about it and not actually do it, they have their reasons why, yet from my own experience it was always and will probably always be because of this:
The incorrect behaviour & resistance to change.
Anyway, that is enough of my reflective rambling today.
Please do leave your thoughts below.