Updated: Feb 22, 2021
“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.”
~ Sam Ewing
I’ll never forget the day I trained a certain client for the first time. Here was this young man in his late 20s who wanted to learn how to workout properly. I knew he was bright because he viewed the payment he made (for the personal training package) as an investment in increasing his knowledge. I would be sharing and teaching life-long skills on taking care of and elevating his health. It was a very refreshing viewpoint to hear especially from a person of that age. Many people usually view health services as just an expense.
As great as this viewpoint was, this is not how I knew he would be successful. After his first workout, I said to him, “If you workout like you did today, you will undoubtedly achieve your goal in record time.” He was puzzled to say the least. “How can you possibly know that?” he asked with a look on his face like I was trying to pull his chain. In his mind, the workout did not go too well.
He could barely do any of the exercises I gave him. He reminded me of the way he struggled to do one single push-up. He had to muster up every ounce of strength he had to push through only 1 repetition. Other young men his age could do several push-ups at a time and here he was struggling with just one. He was right, he was physically weak. So what did I see that he couldn’t?
Too sum it up in one word – effort! I never seen anyone in my life put forth the amount of effort he did to do one push-up. Believe me when I tell you; he gave it all he had. Anyone willing to work that hard every time they come out to the gym will see great results quicker than others who don’t. It really is that simple. When I told him this, he smiled and said thank you.
What do you think happened? Within a few short months, this guy became strong, fit and lean. He smashed his goals and quickly made new ones. He became one of my all-star clients. People he knew constantly complimented him and asked him what he was doing. He became a walking billboard for my business that naturally drove people my way asking for my services.
I am going to be honest, I trained people for 10 times as long as him and they did not get the same level of results. Did I fail them? No. I cannot make anyone apply more effort. I cannot make people follow my advice when I am not around. All I can do is motivate, influence and guide.
Please keep in mind, Health is Not a Sprint, but if you want to see results quicker than most people do, try putting forth a little more effort into your workouts. Yes, you should still view results over a long period of time rather than the short term, but your bank (health and fitness success) account will grow quicker if you put in $100 (100% effort workouts) deposits instead of $50 ones. Next time you show up, roll up your sleeves and give it all you got. You’re there anyway, might as well make the most of it.
Your V10 Health Coach,
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