Training For The Win At Work And In LifeNov 30, 2021
As a competitive athlete for much of my life, I understand what it means to train toward a goal. It’s not glamorous. Skinned knees, hard work, and even an occasional defeat are par for the course. But, with a little patience, it’s all worth it in the end.
Though I’m not necessarily competing on the soccer field anymore, I still apply an athlete’s mindset to what I do every day, whether I’m trying to hit a new PR at Orangetheory or reach a new benchmark in my business. The lessons I continue to learn through my current health and fitness journey are applicable far beyond the gym. Of all the things sports can teach you, these are the training truths I keep returning to in order to reach finish lines, in work and in life.
Get in your Reps.
There’s no replacement for consistency. Regardless of how much talent you possess in the boardroom or the weight room, discipline is essential to shape that natural skill into results. We’ve all heard it said that practice makes perfect, and I’ve seen that to be true time and time again. It’s so gratifying to me to be able to track and measure progress, like my one mile-run time steadily ticking down over the past 18 months.
Consider asking yourself: How are my daily habits helping or hindering me in my pursuit of a goal? When you find the small steps you need to take regularly to track toward your wins, give them your all. For me, in my own wellness journey, that’s meant carving out time in my busy schedule to show up at the gym regularly. At work, that has meant sticking to a consistent prospecting practice, even when the weeks are busy.
When you fall, get up and keep going.
This year, I took on the challenge of my first Orangetheory Fitness dry triathlon. With a 5k treadmill run, a 2000 meter row, and 300 body-weight reps, completing a “dry tri,” as it’s commonly known, was nothing short of daunting. While I would love to report that my first attempt was an immense success, I can’t say the finishing time was what I had hoped. (Let’s just say, I lost my breakfast at the end of the race). But hey, I finished, and I’m proud of that. Wallowing over my performance this time won’t help me make progress next time. I proved to myself that I can do it, and when the next one comes around, I’ll be even more prepared and know what time to beat.
When you’re swept off your feet by an unexpected hurdle at work or unforeseen news at home, feel it, acknowledge it, and honor it. Then, get up and keep moving. You won’t reach your goals if you’re standing still.
Keep your eyes on the prize.
As my friends at Orangetheory Fitness say, “Results happen over time, not overnight.” In nearly every case, I agree. If we’re honest with ourselves, most of us know this to be true in our heads, but actually practicing patience and clinging to hope in the monotony of the discipline—phew, that's tough. I’m not a naturally patient person, but I’m in a season of life where I can appreciate that some things take time. Keep showing up, keep your focus forward, and little by little, you’ll accomplish more than you thought you would. You’ve got this!
Speaking of training, even the best athletes benefit from the support of strong coaches to support their progress. I work with individuals and teams in one-on-one and group training settings to help them apply LinkedIn best practices to their goals. I promise burpees will not be involved in any of my training sessions, but I will push you to get out there and put your learning into action. Learn more about training and coaching at my website.