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By Jeremy Jones
As you take a look at this month's quote, think about all of the different aspects of your life it can apply to. "It's important to get things right, but it's even more important to get things going." This take action statement came from a book I recently finished titled Millionaire Upgrade by Richard Parkes Cordock. How many times have you had the best intentions of starting something or achieving something, but you spend all of your time planning it out and researching it and studying the "what ifs" and the "why nots," and all of a sudden days, weeks, months, and sometimes years pass you by and you haven't accomplished a thing. This is also referred as paralysis by analysis. You spend so much time analyzing a project that you never actually take action to complete the project.
Does this sound like your health and fitness goals? Did you have it all planned at out at the beginning of the year? You were going to go to the gym 3 times per week and you were going to run 2 times a week and you were going to hike 1 time per week. But then you figured you better buy some new workout shoes, and then you needed to research all of the local gyms, and then you wanted to study a map of all of the mountains in the valley. You've spent so much time researching and you have all of this great information and 1 week trial passes to gyms, but you haven't even worked out once. Your fitness goals aren't close to being reached and you are still in the same physical condition. Though several months have been wasted, the great news is you can choose to get on track today. An old Chinese proverb states the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today. Use this same philosophy and take action on your fitness goals. Start moving and getting things going, and then continue to focus on getting things right.
Here are 5 steps you can implement today to get things going and eliminate the "what ifs" and "why nots." Pick any of these and see if you can overcome the paralysis by analysis that has set in over the last few months.
1) Call 2-4 of your friends and ask them to meet you at the local park this weekend. Bring a Frisbee or a football and have some fun in the sun for 45-60 minutes. And no, you don't need to shop for Frisbee shoes or football cleats. Grab what you've got and go!
2) Do you remember that Ab Roller, or that Chuck Norris apparatus, or even that jumprope that's stuck in the corner of your garage? Grab one of the infomercial exercise tools you ordered months ago and put it to work for 20 minutes. Heck, even getting to it while moving things around and unburying it might be a workout in itself!
3) Fido, your family dog, is probably wondering what the rest of the neighborhood looks like. Grab his or her leash and go out exploring. See how many different street names you can walk by during a half-hour walk. Your heart and lungs will appreciate it and Fido will be happy to be somewhere other than the couch or the 10x10 patch of grass in your backyard.
4) When was the last time you re-arranged the furniture in your house, or better yet, vacuumed behind the couch and love seat? Put on some workout clothes, turn up the stereo, open the windows, and get to work! Set a timer for 10 minutes per room and see what you can get done. Your creativity will shine while your heart rate is increased and those exercise endorphins get released. Your family will appreciate the new look and your body will feel great.
5) Finally take advantage of that trial offer that's been sitting on your counter for months now and head to your local gym. Better yet, if you are in Gilbert, or close by, head to Funktional Fitness and take advantage of a 30 day trial that will get your body moving in every direction, your heart and lungs working as efficiently as they did while you were in high school, and all the while, meet others who are or once were in the same exact condition as you. Improve your fitness and meet new friends while traveling the "right" direction on your fitness path and having fun along the way.
There you have it. Try one of these or all of these. Don't worry about it being done exactly right, or wearing the exact right shoes or clothes, or finding the exact right place. Just get things going and move. The rest will work itself out along the way.
You may not have started your fitness journey 20 years ago, but the next best time to start is today.
A True March Madness Lesson
By Jeremy Jones
March quickly sprung upon us and has already been bringing some beautiful weather to the Phoenix area. March is actually one of my favorite times of year, not only because of the opportunity to get outside and enjoy some vitamin D, but also because in March, one of the most exciting sports tournaments occurs. That's right, March Madness is here again! Now although not everyone may be as avid of a fan as myself, the passion, teamwork, and lessons to be learned during this 64 team college basketball tournaments can be applied to every single person, in just about every aspect of life. One of the most important lessons is that of doing your part to help your team win. It could be your family, your co-workers, or your sports' team, but it is important to know how to contribute to your "team's" success.
In the Maxwell Daily Reader, John Maxwell best illustrates this lesson by telling the story of Lou Whittaker and his team's goal of hiking Mt. Everest. Enjoy:
HELP PEOPLE WIN
Helping another person to win is one of the greatest feelings in the world. I haven't met a person yet who doesn't like to win. And everyone I know who's made the effort to help others has said that it is the most rewarding part of life.
In 1984, Lou Whittaker led the first all-American team to the summit of Mt. Everest. After months of grueling effort, five members of the team reached the final campsite at twenty-seven thousand feet. With two thousand feet to go, Whittaker had a tough decision to make: He knew how highly motivated all five climbers were to stand on the highest point on earth. But two would have to go back to the previous camp, load up food, water, and oxygen, then return to the camp where they now met. After completing this support assignment, these two climbers would be in no condition to make a try for the summit. The others would stay in the tent that day, preparing for the summit attempt.
The first decision Whittaker made was to stay at the twenty-seven-thousand-foot camp to coordinate the team's activities. The next was to send the two strongest climbers down the mountain to get the supplies; it was the tougher job. The two weaker climbers would rest, renew their strength, and receive the glory of the summit.
When asked why he didn't assign himself the summit run, his answer showed his understanding of people and the strength of his leadership. He said, "My job was to put other people on top."
Whittaker understood that when people make the right decisions that help the team to achieve its goal, everybody wins.
--25 Ways to Win with People
MAKE IT YOUR JOB TO PUT OTHER PEOPLE ON TOP TODAY.
What can you do today to help someone else win? How can you be a leader like Lou Whittaker and make the decisions and perform the necessary actions to achieve success? The NCAA tournament will be here soon, and we will find out what college athletes will help their teams rise to the top. More often than not, the same characteristics that are demonstrated on the basketball court reveal themselves in everyday life too. I challenge you that whatever your "game" is, and whoever your "team" is, step up and be a leader and help other people win this month.
You will be amazed at how victorious you will feel yourself..
What is Your Why?
By Jeremy Jones
How many times do you sit down and night and can't even remember what you did earlier in the day, what your workout entailed, or even what you had for lunch? The world is filled with so much stimuli, so many things happening every minute, that if you aren't aware of your present surroundings you will get caught up in the whirlwind. Before you know it, a week has passed, and then a month, and then a year, and then all of a sudden you get caught wondering where in the heck has time gone? Figuring out your "why" for doing things will provide you with all 60 seconds every minute, and all 60 minutes every hour, and of course, all 24 hours every day. Most of us don't realize this time is called the PRESENT.
Why are you reading this article right now? Have you caught every word or have you already forgotten what the first paragraph was all about? STOP right now, and ask yourself why. Maybe it's because you were interested in the title, maybe you enjoy reading, or maybe you are hoping to learn something you can apply to your everyday life. All of these are great reasons why; it's just important to be aware of your reason. Being aware of this reason will keep you in the PRESENT as opposed to aimlessly passing time. Now this is just a simple example, but think about how "why" really applies to every aspect of your life.
Why do you get up and go to work every morning? Is it what you do, or do you really know why you do it. Your answer is unique from everyone else's, but do you know your own answer, or has work just become something you hurriedly wake up and speed to every morning before speeding throughout the day and then speeding back home to the couch? Why do you choose your job for your profession? Why do you enjoy it, or for many people, why don't you enjoy it? Pause in the PRESENT time and see if you can answer these questions for yourself.
Why do you workout and try to eat nutritiously? Or in a lot of cases, why do you choose to eat poorly? Figuring out your "why" when it comes to your health is the single most important thing you can do for yourself and for your family, friends, and co-workers. If you are unaware of your "why," it becomes real easy to skip your workout for the day, or to stop at that fast food restaurant for lunch and dinner, or to simply do nothing about your health at all. Again, without your "why," the whole day speeds by you and unhealthy excuses, decisions, thoughts, and actions become the 'what' you do as opposed to you staying in the PRESENT and remaining focused on "why" you do.
Why does Funktional Fitness exist? Our "why" is our passionate commitment to helping each and every person who walks through the doors to become 1% better every single day. For some it might be nutritiously, others functionality. Some it might be mentally, others spiritually. For some it might be all of the above, and others may have their own reason why they are a part of the FunkFit community. But the important part is knowing what your "why" is. So before you attend your next private training session, or your next GroupFit session, I challenge you to know your "why," and to perform your workout in the PRESENT, enjoying every repetition, every drop of sweat, every healthy characteristic you are adding to your life, every 1% you are attaining.
The more you continue to focus on your "why" in every aspect of your life you will be amazed at your progress, your growth, your drive to reach your goals, and even the strengthening of your relationships with others. You will realize that doing things with a purpose is quite the PRESENT for you every single day.
Why wouldn't you enjoy that!?
"The No Complaining Rule"
By Jeremy Jones
I was recently returning from my Christmas vacation when I arrived at the DFW airport and found out my flight was delayed by an hour and a half. My initial reaction was disappointment and that I should complain to the airline company because the delay was going to cut into my plans upon returning back to Phoenix. However, I quickly shifted mindsets and realized that instead of complaining, I should appreciate the extended time I now had to spend with my Mom and Great Aunt. Little did I know that the airline delay was a great intro to the book I read on my flight home.
As I began to read Jon Gordon's book, "The No Complaining Rule," I quickly realized how this book and mindset directly applied to the situation I had just encountered. I was so intrigued with the book that I not only finished reading it, but I also took several notes and knew there were several things that I would apply to my life immediately. The two points that influenced me the most were creating a "No Complaining Zone" and focusing on the solution, not the problem.
I challenge you to take 5 minutes of your day just to listen to yourself and to others as you engage in conversation. How much of your lingo is negative? How many things that you say or share end up being some form of complaining or down-talking yourself, others, or your environment? Unfortunately, most of the time we don't even realize ourselves speaking negatively or complaining because it has become so ordinary. Here is where the "No Complaining Zone" comes in to play. Pick one area or environment you attend on a daily basis such as your kitchen, your office, your automobile, or even your gym or training studio (Funktional Fitness ;) and mentally mark it as the place where you will not speak, complain, or act negatively toward yourself or others. Challenge others as they enter your zone to adhere to the same principles. It might be hard initially but stay aware and try your best to look at the bright side of things, speak positively, and encourage and inspire others when you are in your zone. As this becomes easier to do begin expanding your "No Complaining Zone" to other areas you frequent. Introduce it to your friends and family members and discover the differences in your daily encounters with others as well as your new-found positive outlook on all areas of your life.
By creating your "No Complaining Zone" you have focused on a solution rather than a problem. Instead of being caught up in talking negatively about others at your place of employment you have now created an area in which you can encourage and motivate others by talking about things they do successfully. One of the easiest ways to think of a solution is to think about how you want to feel at that exact moment and create the situation that will encourage you to feel that way. When your energy goes toward creating a solution, you can continue to move forward and accomplish your most desired goals and aspirations. If your focus remains on the problem, you remain stagnant and often stuck in the same place.
I could have argued with the airlines about the delay and questioned the location of the airplane and what was going on, but ultimately I would have still been there waiting and arguing with high blood pressure for an hour and a half. However, I chose to focus on the solution and was able to enjoy a nice drive and conversation with my family before returning home with a positive outlook on the New Year. I challenge you to do the same.
What I Love About Being A Personal Trainer And Why I Choose To Stay In The Industry
By: Luis Enrique, Fitness & Lifestyle Coach at Funktional Fitness
1. it's a lifestyle driven by passion.
2. Wearing really comfortable clothes all of the time
3. The look on a client's face when she drops a pants size or he realizes his back doesn't hurt and he has energy to go up and down stairs.
4. The ability to positively impact others lives in multiple ways.
5. Seeing people reach their goals and dreams. It's awesome having a job that keeps me active as well.
6. I love knowing that at the end of a session, my client feels good about the time he/she spent with me. I always end my sessions with a smile and a handshake :)
7. The transformation I see in my clients, which are both physical and mental. Watching them get excited and encourage when they start dropping sizes!! Oh how it motivates me watching my clients become stronger and healthier!! : P WOOOHOOOO
8. You get to take something you love and make it your job!
9. I stay in the industry through thick and thin because it's job security through 3 industries: service, sales, and health/fitness...u can't beat it! Besides, FAILING TO TRAIN IS TRAINING TO FAIL!!
10. Still get them goose bumps whenever I see that smile when clients accomplish something they never thought they would :)
11. I love making a difference in peoples lives and helping to increase the happiness in a clients life. We get to share our compassion for others every day. Training is so much more than hands on...it is listening and helping to reduce stress in peoples lives. Nutrition+exercise+stress reduction=results!
12. Knowledge, I enjoyed history but never really got excited to go learn...Id rather play sports or video games as a kid. Now I really enjoy learning about exercise and how the body works. Now even walking stairs or turning to place something down my mind is constantly thinking about what muscles are being used in each plane. Working on more certifications now but I have so much to choose from as far as what's next, so much info I want to know!!
13. The fact that fitness works for EVERYONE that applies themselves.
14. To find that I am not only helping my clients reach their goals, but also starting new friendships I never expected.
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