I invited my friend and colleague Mindy Berla to guest post for me a few months ago and am happy to feature her post today. Mindy is a Bay Area-based personal trainer who blogs at Digitally Fit. I asked her to write about the connection between taking care of your body and professional growth as she works with clients who struggle and succeed with both. The strategies used to flourish are usually the same.
I am aligning her posts with three of the Reverb10 themes. The first one, Body Integration, is something I can’t write about from a genuine place so I needed another expert to talk about it. The other prompts, Try and Beyond Avoidance, reflect my personal commitments to my body for 2011 as I learn how to take better care of myself. My core business so far has been about the mind- writing, thinking, and changing it- and it’s been difficult to feel integrated with my body. But I am committed to change. I am inspired by Mindy’s post- and tough love- and hope that you are, too!
December 12 – Body Integration. This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present? (Author: Patrick Reynolds)
December 18 – Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it? (Author: Kaileen Elise)
December 20 – Beyond Avoidance. What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?) (Author: Jake Nickell)
You Are Your Best Investment: How Personal Training Can Get You To Your ‘A’ Game by Mindy Berla
In each of us there exists unexplored dimensions of our strengths. Broadening one’s notions of him or herself is what ultimately manifests growth and change. The changes that can occur from new ways of perceiving ourselves result in new confidence, motivation and newfound ways of creative thinking. If we are able to envision becoming the very best version of ourselves, both physically and mentally, then there is no limit to what we can achieve in life.
A personal trainer can help a client find more direction, and thus new achievements. Throughout a personal training program the client is learning more about him or herself. As the client discovers new muscles in the body, more space through flexibility and an unknown capacity for strength, he or she begins to feel more of a positive, “Can Do” attitude. This attitude ends up spreading out to every part of one’s life.
The act of finding new ways to believe in ourselves is priceless and in business, confidence is everything. However, confidence and respect are earned. If we don’t believe that we are capable, durable, reliable and steadfast, then how can others see it? We must believe that we are the asset to the company, the university, the team. Seeing new strengths within ourselves helps us to realize our full potential and then act on it. Laziness and ambition do not make for a healthy concoction.
The healthiest relationship that you can reliably invest in is yourself. You are your best investment and you are the source of your own fulfillment. All too often in American culture we seek outside stimulants and material objects as a means to happiness. The happiness and peace of mind exists within us. It is up to us to find our awesomeness. As we choose to value our health by monetarily investing in it, we are thus making it a priority. This dedication and determination to better ourselves does not then go unnoticed to those around us.
My clients constantly speak of how others perceive their new spark of energy, determination and will. Many clients have been promoted at their jobs while other clients use the training as a source of grounding and encouragement during their application process for a medical, masters, business or law degree. Other clients use personal training as a means of diffusing pressure from a highly stressful job.
Sometimes life throws a fast curve ball. Being fit means that you know how to react and to resolve the situation. Because you are accustomed to dealing with strenuous workouts, you know that you will be able to get through a rough time in your life. The stronger we perceive ourselves, the more unstoppable we become. Everyone should be able to push up our own body weight. If not, how can we lift ourselves up after a fall?
The phrase, “In This Economy” has become an excuse for many unprepared for a struggle. The courageous, strong and successful person is the one that picks him or herself up after a fall, is creative enough to see a new opportunity and then goes for it. If we don’t have high standards for ourselves, then how will we excel? To get to the top, we must do the work that is necessary to get there.
Personal training is about learning the focus and diligence it takes to feel like a pro and getting you to your “A” game. It is also about enriching your quality of life. Everyone deserves to wake up with energy, to be capable of climbing a mountain and to enact our own personal manifestos. Every person contains greatness waiting to happen. Personal training drives us to see that our effort is everything, that investing in oneself is a priority and that achieving excellence should always be within our reach.