There is no doubt that today’s discussion is going to be valuable. The only variables that will get you anywhere in life are time management and the quality of life you live, period. These are things that certainly tie into training, but aside from that these are variables that will determine whether you make it in life.
Over the course of my career I’ve had many people that come to me to train for hundreds of different reasons. Some were interested in looking better, some were for health issues, and some were for performance.
In every single one of these scenarios when walking the individual through the evaluation process I always asked about past experiences concerning their training habits and other skills. Have you ever had training before? Have you had experience with squatting, deadlifting, or kettlebells? What other kind of training have you done for the purposes of your sport?
You know…these are typical questions to ask someone before I’d let them just dive into whatever it is I would have planned for them next. The thing is that I frequently discover that in many cases their verbal answers don’t seem to match up well with their physical answers. There is frequently an obvious lack of quality in terms of what they are telling me they can do and what they can actually do.
Time and time again many people may tell me that they have had a great deal of experience with training, or have been coached in kettlebells, deadlifting, and squatting. However, when I take them through the evaluation process their physical skills often fail to demonstrate that they have had any coaching at all. This certainly doesn’t happen all the time and I’m certainly not implying this is with everyone, but it does happen rather frequently.
Quality is something that I’ve really been focusing in on lately when it comes to my general life experiences. I mean I obviously want to pay attention to this in terms of training and what kind of product I should deliver to my students and to my reading audience here.
However, over the years I’ve always been rather acute to situations in life where someone failed to pay attention to details, or failed to do the job that they were getting paid to do. To me it seems like people should automatically know and understand this, but I frequently find points of error and frustration when looking at different levels of quality when observing other businesses, endeavors, and just everyday people in life.
Now don’t start in on me with the whole “Now coach you’re just being an a*shole.” No, I’m genuinely just saying that the level of quality in society in most any endeavor has diminished over the years. This is something that I’ve noticed increase in frequency and occurrence over and over again and I could sit here and cite one example after the next, but I don’t have the time.
The point I’m trying to make is that the quality of work whether it’s in a business, doing someone a favor, or directly in your training should be the primary focus. Quality of work and having the discipline to pay attention to the details seems to be something of a dying art form these days.
The key to avoiding this is making sure that you are well armed with what knowledge is necessary for a given task and then making sure you apply that knowledge to the fullest while paying attention to the details! Because in my experience I’ve seen such a lack of this quality control in today’s society I would think it would even be safe to say that there is no such thing as being overly prepared for most any endeavor.
Another variable that goes hand in hand with the quality of work is time. Time is the most valuable resource that all of us possess. It’s the only thing that we all are constantly having to invest…and it’s one of the only things that can never be replaced!
Now let that last sentence sink in for a second. You see…that second was time that was well invested!
So I guess the question is How much do you value your time? How much is your time worth? The truth is that your time is valuable, or at least you should see it that way!
If you don’t see that your time is valuable, or you don’t perceive it to be a valued commodity then no one else will either! Now that’s some interesting insight, right?
I mean if you can start recognizing that your time is something that needs to be optimized then you will live your life making sure you invest in the things that will help you get the most out of your time…which will add more experience and quality to your life!
In the video I referenced that I have come up with the online coaching programs, ebooks, and other articles to help people with their training. Now you may not believe me when I say this, but this statement isn’t meant to be some sort of sales pitch. The truth is that everything that I bring to the table is designed to offer you quality and an optimal investment of your time so that you can get the most out of your training.
The truth is that when it comes to training or pursuing a strength and conditioning program whether it’s with me or with someone else the experience of being a professional gives guys like me in the fitness business the ability to iron out all the bugs for you. We’ve made the mistakes, experienced what hasn’t worked, and have failed in the areas that allow us to communicate to you in a way that you don’t have to fall short in same ways as we have!
That’s the sort of perception you need to have when making an investment in something. Is it quality and is it worth your time?
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and if so then don’t be shy about posting up in the comments below! Stay strong and keep training smart.
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