It’s funny how many lessons in life are truly universal. Whether you are trying to be great at your job, or trying to put a strategy together for improved health and fitness the lessons can be one in the same
As an example, one of the best leadership lessons I learned during my time in the corporate world was in regard to building a great team. One of the keys to having an outstanding team is to have a leader that isn’t afraid to surround themselves with people that are smarter, and more talented than they are, and then let them do what they are great at. From there, the leader (manager) does their best to remove the obstacles that stand in the way of their team flourishing.
Sounds easy right? Well, the problem is that many leaders/managers suffer from a serious case of anxiety, are insecure, or are actually quite intimidated when surrounded by people that are just as, if not more knowledgable about a topic as they are, and they look for ways (consciously or subconsciously) to keep these people “in their lane” rather than let them truly do what they do best.
In the end, this hurts the team, slows progress, and can lead to hard feelings.
So what the heck does this have to do with our health and fitness. In this instance…you are the manager. You are the one that has an objective you want to reach and you likely need to surround yourself with a great team in order to get there. So let’s break down the major players on your “team”.
Your Family: I can’t stress this one enough, make sure your family is on the same page with you and your fitness goals. Whether you are making the gym a part of your routine, or changing your dietary strategy, include them in the process and make sure they understand what it is going to take for you to reach your desired goals. If at all possible, have them join you on your journey. I would even say make it MANDATORY that they try it for 30 days so they know what you’re up to. No matter what…DO NOT TOLERATE blatant attempts to derail you. These are your goals, this is YOUR health…don’t take anything but full support from your family as an answer.
Your Co-workers: Seems odd to include them…but these are the people that are the MOST likely to derail your progress. Your coworkers bring all of their own baggage to work each day in regard to food and fitness, and if left unchecked, they are going to put all of that on you. That is, unless, you tell them what you’re up to, and ask for their help and support. More often than not, you may even convince one of them to join with you.
Your Friends: No one says that being more healthy means you need to be a Monk, so you’re going to have to learn how to navigate cocktail parties, happy hour, and watching the game. Best bet is to do the same thing you did with your coworkers. Real friends are going to be interested and support the hell out of you, but at the same time, they are used to being able to offer you a beer, so be ready to politely decline when need be.
Your Coach: Finally, be up front and honest about what you want with your Coach. Then…let them do their thing. Show up, work hard, and take their advice to heart. Implement their ideas to the best of your ability and communicate what works, and what you’re having trouble with. This dialogue will allow your Coach to adjust their strategy to find the exact right mix for you.
In the end, surrounding yourself with great people is the most sure-fire way to ensure that you get everything you want out of your fitness plan.