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How My Busy Weekend Can Help You

Wow. That was a busy weekend. I spent it in Louisville, Kentucky at a fitness seminar. As you could imagine, in an intensive setting with about 16 hours of content over 2 days you can learn a lot of things, and I did. From new breathing techniques to assessments to business materials and a lot more, I’ve got a lot to take in and my head is kind of spinning. I’m the last person to think that I know everything and I’ve got a loooong list of things to put into place starting right now to become better at every aspect of being a trainer and business owner.

OK. I know what you’re thinking. “That’s great that you learned a lot, but how does this apply to me?” Here’s how: It would be very easy to look at all the notes I took of things I need to change and the completely new things I need to introduce and get overwhelmed and intimidated. It would be very easy to put off doing anything until I rest up a few days from the long plane trip and the experience. It would be very easy to get back into my routine and put my notes away with the full intention of pulling them out soon and looking them over. We all know what happens then, don’t we?

Probably nothing.

Life gets going again and a tremendous opportunity turns into just a weekend trip instead of the game-changer it could have been. In 6 months I’ll look back and say to myself, “I really need to look at those notes.” Maybe I will and maybe I won’t, but what would make me do anything at that point if I didn’t do anything when it was all fresh in my mind? Most likely I’ll just wind up wasting my time.

So how am I going to avoid that? How am I going to put this overwhelming amount of this stuff in place?

By picking one thing and putting that in place. After that’s dialed in I’ll pick one more thing and put that in place. What will I do then? Well, I think I’ll pick one more thing and put that in place. Let’s say it takes me a while to do each thing and I can only manage to really nail one every two weeks. Well, that means in six months I will have made 12 changes. 12 things that will make me better at what I do. 12 things that will make me more valuable to my clients, which in turn will make me more valuable to my family.

Now take out what I was talking about and put your goals in its place. Whether it’s losing weight, getting healthier, dealing with that bad back or anything else it’s all really the same thing. It’s an opportunity that is begging to be taken advantage of, and how am I going to deal with all of it? By doing one thing. I can’t lose 50 pounds without losing 1 pound first, right? So let’s get that out of the way. After that I’ll look for my second pound. If I’m not sure what to do first, I’ll ask someone who knows. As I said before, there are many people out there who know a lot more than me about a great many things so when I need help in figuring out what to do I ask them.

Research tells us that it takes about 21 days to form a new habit. It also says that if we really dedicate ourselves to changing just one thing it will stick something like 80% of the time. Now if we try to change two things at once that number drops to around 40%. Three things at once and now we’re down to about 20-25%. You see what’s happening here?

Now we know the next six months are coming. I know I want to be better at the end of that time, don’t you? I don’t want to look back and realize that I wasted that time, do you? We all know that six months can turn into six years very easily. I know that if I just move myself a little out of my comfort zone I have a better world waiting for me.

All I have to do is one thing.

Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Lean Eating Coach Mitch Rothbardt Fitness at 2861 Grove Way Castro Valley’s Premier Fitness Facility I Help People Discover Their Strength 510-754-7113 Boost Your Metabolism With My Free Report

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