It was a beautiful sunny morning this Monday and so, as I try to do at least one day every weekend, I went down to the local park with my family. While I was doing my training I had a bit of an epiphany.
It’s been a really big focus of mine to spend some time on myself this year and get a lot fitter and healthier than I have been over the past few years. My epiphany was that all of the things that I have learned about business and being a leader I have inadvertently put into practice with my training and, oh my goodness, what a difference it’s made.
While I wouldn’t say that my training is easy, it hasn’t been nearly as hard as it could have been if I was without some of these things. These are the things that have made a real difference to my goal of becoming a healthier me:
- One, get a plan. It sounds so simple but really having a written down plan and trying mostly to stick to it, of course working around circumstances, has made a tremendous difference because I always know what it is that I need to do in terms of my training. I can get focused and get on with it really quickly.
- Of course, I had a vision to begin with as well and that was about how I was going to spend my time with my family. Rather than getting old and a bit decrepit, that I was actually going to be able to run around with my kids, to be healthy, to be energetic, and really live life to its fullest.
- I haven’t accepted excuses from myself. There’s been no ‘I can’t do burpees’ or I can’t do boxjumps’….even though that was true at the beginning of the year. I’ve been focused on what can I do instead. ‘Can I do squats? Yes’. ‘Can I do squat jumps? Yes.’ ‘Can I do step ups? Yes.’ So that’s where I started and built from there.
- Consistency and persistence- just do it…keep going and deliberately notice progress over time. Enough said.
- Remember there’s no perfect day and even the best plans can be derailed. That’s why I have a few alternatives already worked out so I can quickly put them in place. If it’s stormy and I can’t get outside, if I don’t have time for a full training session, I already know what I can do instead…and just do it.
- The next thing is that I’ve got a support team, a great support team and namely that’s my kids. They encourage me, they cheer for me, and they remind me when I haven’t done my training and even give me a kick up the rear when I need it. If I forget to focus, somebody else is helping me to focus.
- I have been able to utilize the strengths of my support team. My son often trains with me because he just loves anything sporty and has great energy. My daughter is a great cheer squad and does all my timing and keeping track of my reps. Everybody has a role that contributes to the overall success.
- Then of course we celebrate together. Every time I get my training done or I achieve one of my stage goals through my program, they’re there to help me celebrate. It’s so much better to celebrate with other people rather than just yourself and it really allows you to acknowledge yourself and what you’ve done, and also to acknowledge your team for their really great support and contribution.
- What else have I learned? Positive mindset. Now, this is something that I logically know and I talk about but I guess really putting it into action on something that is very important to me has shown me just how powerful having a positive mindset can be. Having those little mantras that tell me that ‘I can do it’, ‘I am a fit mum’, and that ‘I’m getting stronger and healthier’, and that ‘I can really do this’. Boy, talk about motivating and getting into the peak performance zone, it’s just been amazing to me how much harder I can train.
- Then reflecting on what I’ve achieved. That’s been quite remarkable in terms of actually looking back at my accomplishments and recognizing how far I’ve come this year. It makes going forward and achieving the next step seem so much more doable, again incredibly motivating. You know what? I’m kind of inspiring myself here.
- The other thing I think that has been so incredibly rewarding for me is to recognize that I have become more of a role model for my family. They’re all doing a lot more healthy activity, eating healthier. Not that we were particularly unhealthy before but it’s so great for them to see the changes I’ve chosen for myself, and to know they can choose to do those things for themselves too. I think that that’s one of the most incredible things that you can do as a leader – role model for others so that they can choose to lead themselves as well.
How do you lead yourself?