They inspired me to weave fitness into business growth because, well, the personal fundamentals involved have so many parallels.
First off, if you aren’t a fitness freak that’s okay. You’ll still learn a thing or two.
Second, your feedback is strongly encouraged so please leave some comment love at the end.
It all started with the hustler, Jk Allen, and his post on the Hustler’s Notebook.
Fitness and personal development
Jk wrote about Fitness and Personal Development and shared his views on discipline, spotters, and visualization in
regard to working out.
Staying in peak physical form requires discipline. It’s a commitment to a lifestyle of physical activity. If you want to experience lasting results, you’ll have to stick to a workout routine for more than two weeks per year.
It takes time.
Jk also mentioned having a spotter. Having someone nearby to spot you is vital as a weightlifter. Mainly because dropping weight plates and bars on yourself is unpleasant. Yep, fact. We as lifters sometimes ask for assistance.
Here, I’ll let Jk explain the role of the spotter:
“The spotter is there to motivate and assist you to push through extra reps. He’s there to physically help you lift heavier loads than you couldn’t lift on your own, ensuring that you get the max out of each rep performed.” ~Jk Allen
Then there’s visualization. Visualization comes into play before, during, and even after your workout routine. I envision lifting weight when I’m not at the gym. Picturing myself successfully lifting heavy weight, more weight than I have lifted before, honestly makes my next workout easier.
Just “seeing” myself working out before I start helps me be a better lifter.
Weeks ago, Paul Wolfe asked “do you believe in natural talent?” He discussed Anders Ericsson and the 10,000 hours rule. Ericsson believed that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to excel in a given discipline. He’d likely agree that his rule applies to sports and physical training.
So, after reading Jk’s and Paul’s articles, this all came together for me.
Your 10,000 hours
Paul discussed Anders Ericsson and his 10,000 rule (Malcolm Gladwell later covered it in his book Outliers). To quote a section of Paul’s article:
“Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers popularized the 10,000 Hour rule – and essentially it states that to get to be world class at a discipline you need to put in 10,000 hours of practice. Or 10 years of work.” ~Paul Wolfe
So does one have to be born with a specific talent or can it be learned?
Can musicians, artists or golfers and swimmers become world-renowned after years of practice, perseverance, and learning from others with more experience?
My vote: yes.
To excel in any of those disciplines you simply need to put forth consistent effort to improving your skill.
The sixth sense
When I started weightlifting 17 years ago, I was weak. I didn’t know the first thing about proper form nor did I know what my body could handle.
By the time I had a gym membership, I was quite a bit more experienced and became aware of my abilities. But then something else happened, naturally, after I had become a member of the gym.
I learned who the strong people truly are. After you put in your time at the gym, you learn that some folks are muscular but without the strength that muscularity implies. Once in a while you can identify them before seeing them lift a single dumbbell.
You develop the ability to “know” which people will make it beyond the first month after their New Year resolutions.
The former weightlifting competitor, though older now and only a slight resemblance of his competing form, sticks out like a sore thumb. You respect his experience, the way he or she deliberately navigates the room and manipulates the equipment and weight.
You can also spot the “instant gratification” types at a glance.
But none of this tribal knowledge is known on day one.
You have to put in your time to develop your sixth sense. In your niche, observing your market, studying your target audience or even when researching your competitors you’ll develop a higher awareness of all of it. But you achieve that awareness only after putting in your time.
Only through practice, discipline,and perseverance will you be able to do so. If you’ve just started a business, I’d advise against staring up the stairs, just step up the steps. It’s going to take time before you get a solid feel for your market and your next step.
Be patient. Keep at it.
Experience comes at the price of action taken over time; you can’t piggy-back on any system to circumvent this process.
Be patient with your business. Be patient with yourself. Be ready (and willing) to put in your 10,000 hours. If you don’t, if you try to shortcut the system, you’ll fall short of your glory.
There are many who have come and gone before you so work diligently to avoid being just another face in the crowd.
Are you prepared to put in your 10,000 hours?