This is why you are here.
Don’t you want to be better?
One more rep.
You’re stronger than you think.
This is all being said to me as sweat runs down my face. It feels like I can’t push anymore. My calves are burning. Everything in my brain is telling me to quit. But I hear his voice. I remember my goals. I tell myself pain is temporary. Trust my fitness. So, I push harder. I don’t quit. My breath is almost gone, yet my desire is ever-present. As I finish strong, I feel victorious. I step off the machine and am greeted with a fist pump and a comment about my effort from my coach, Kevin.
Even when I am working out alone, I can hear him pushing me to my limits and encouraging me. I work harder because I want to get stronger and feel heathier. He has helped me see what I really want and am capable of. He has shown me how to push past my limits. I have set new benchmarks, large in part to him. That’s the thing about a great coach... They change your mindset and give you the confidence to succeed.
Over the last several months I’ve learned just as much about myself and what it means to be a leader as I have about health and fitness. It has changed how I approach the many arenas of my life — business, family, marriage, parenting, you name it. I have learned I can do more than I thought I could. The exercises, like life, don’t get any easier. But I get stronger and more capable with consistent commitment. My capacity is in my confidence. I believe I can, and so I will. I have learned that a leader who cares about you and gets to know you, one that understands your motives and your goals, will get the most out of you. Influence from a leader is powerful like that.
Here is something else that was reconfirmed from my training with a group— there is some serious magic in teamwork. It makes the process bearable. You’ll often do more for others than you will for yourself. When you want to give in but there are people watching you, cheering you on and counting on you, you are more willing to press on. It’s accountability at its best. And it brings the best out of each of us. We want to win. A person may have individual successes, but the team behind them helped them win. We’re proof that a good team is the result of a good leader.
At work, I’m applying these lessons with my Sales team, and I see it working. We’re growing as a team. Pushing each other past their limits. Building each other up. Helping each other find their gifts. Holding each other accountable to their goals and our standards. Good leadership and teamwork, they’re the secret ingredients. What comes from that recipe is a force to be reckoned with.
Shout out to Kevin, of www.ksquaredfitness.com, for the great training that applies to both fitness and life.