“I can’t take an Agile coach or trainer seriously when they stand in front of me telling me about the transformative effects of Agile when they, themselves, are over-weight, out of breath and sweating. They’re telling us about transformation. THEY are the ones that need to transform.”
I recently had a chat with a fellow Agile Coach around my healthy-living lifestyle. He is now undergoing his own body-transformation. Our conversation was very enlightening as I had never thought about writing about this particular topic. If you know me, you’ll know that I’ve been a health junkie for a years, even helping train others in their gym workouts to grab a little bit of extra cash when I was in University.
Look. Let’s get real. Candid. Truthful. For a moment:
- People (aesthetically) may not take you as seriously if you’re out of shape. Just by standing up in front of them telling them stuff… means you’re asking them to model a different way of thinking, transforming… even modeling themselves after YOU. Why would they want to model themselves after an unfit individual?
- Our bodies are our temple. Our engine. We need to take care of it. It’s our source of power, of will. You will be 500% more engaged, more excited, more aware of things when you’ve fed your engine well. People resonate with that.
- Why are people drawn to high-engaging, exciting, and high-energy coaches and speakers? It’s because they excite the senses. I’ve never been excited about listening to a slow, lethargic individual. Have you?
- We have to live what we preach. We’re, again, talking about TRANSFORMATION. Eat your own dogfood for once. Get serious. I want to follow people who show proof in their lives that transformation exists. Often… it’s hard to get past the exterior. In many cases 99% of perception is (our own) reality.
So… back to my conversation with another Agile coach. He asked me very simply, what I do to keep up my health in terms of exercise. Here are my 5 core beliefs when it comes to being healthy.
- Eat well – Eating well is 40% of being healthy. Stop eating crap. Eat good, organic foods, and add variety to your diet. Balance is key here. You can google the right dietary needs for your healthy goals.
- Sleep well – Sleeping is the other 40% of being healthy. There is a reason we need to sleep. We’ve conditioned ourselves to sleep less and less… and this in turn affects our abilities to be at a higher level of activity, engagement, and responsiveness.
- Exercise as a lifestyle – Having a constant and disciplined attitude towards exercise is not just a routine you add in. It’s a lifestyle change. It takes priority. It MUST be a priority.
- Accountability/Discipline – You need someone to keep you accountable and disciplined to making a change… Often, we as coaches are that accountability for teams and companies to change. Shouldn’t we need it as well if we’re going to stay in tip-top shape?
- Increase your pain threshold – No, this isn’t just for lifting super heavy weights. It’s for anything that causes you to want to STOP training, stop working hard to meet a goal. Often our accountability can help with this. But we MUST break through. Increasing your tolerance for the uncomfortable is the only way to make the gains you’ll need. Pain isn’t just physical. It’s more mental than anything.
Personal Kaizen – Common now!
Aren’t we all believers in kaizen – continuous improvement? Why is it that we’re the last ones to take our own medicine? If we want to preach continuous improvement to others… we have to continually improve ourselves. Remove issues from ourselves… and to break past the dysfunctions we’ve lived with for so long.
If anything, you’ll thank yourself. Just like your clients thank you. For improving your life.
[TUNE IN FOR WEDNESDAY'S POST found here. I'll post up workouts that I've used to train others]