Find Your Thing

Find Your Thing

We all have a thing.

A thing is something that we fall in love with or find great pleasure in that helps us reach our goal.

It’s what gets us fully committed to pursuing our goal.

In fitness, it’s basically what helps you take the steps needed to reach your goals.

Your thing might be:
– running
– spinning
– aquarobics
– kickboxing
– zumba
– home DVDs
– bootcamps
– group fitness classes
– having a gym buddy
– personal trainer
– accountability coach
weekly progress photos
– publicly announce your goals

To name a few. There’s a ton of options out there to get you hooked!

If it’s joining a class you can’t wait to go to or making a commitment, all in, to a coach because you know you can’t do it on your own. In the end it doesn’t matter as long as it’s what gets you to reach your goal.

The point here is that there are nearly limitless options so get out there and try them!

My belief here is that:

“everything works for somebody, but nothing works for everybody”

You gotta find what works for you.

What’s your thing?

Find Your Thing

If you don’t know, make a list of what you’ve done. Then make a list of what you haven’t yet tried. It’s likely that’s your thing on the list of “haven’t done yet”.

~ Chad

Work, the variable of success

We are 3 weeks into January and the sad reality is that many people have already “fallen off the wagon” from their new year resolutions.

This might even be you.

You’ve missed a day, two or even a week already because life is busy and pulling you in every direction.

It seems like you’ve failed already.

However, that just isn’t true. It’s only a failure if you let it be.

You may have failed last week or maybe even yesterday but today is a new day. You get a new chance to get up and put in the work.

The difference between success and failure is how hard you work.

If you give up and stop working, of course that’s a failure. If you’re wondering why you’re not seeing results but you’re putting in minimal effort, stop worrying. It’s the effort, you need to work harder.

Even if you’re working your ass off and still not seeing results, you still have to work harder.

I’m sorry if that’s not what you wanted to hear, but it’s the truth.

How hard you’re working is the variable dictating wether or not you will be successful.

If you’re struggling, take a step back, review your goal and ask yourself what it’s worth. Is it worth the effort?

If not, that’s ok, but you need to find something else. If yes, then shut the eff up, quit whining and get to work!

If you need a little guidance to help you fit it all in let me know, I’m here to help!

~ Chad

Trust the process – seeing the big picture

After launching our new Lifestyle Coaching service in late October last year, I’ve seen some great progress in the clients that have already signed up.

The service is completely built around seeing “the big picture” and of course developing a lifestyle of healthy habits. Right from day one we are thinking long term and not just short term.

The benefits have been better than I expected!

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Road Racing Is About Patience… Not Every Race Will Be Your Best

Road Racing

Road Racing is addictive – I get it, there is a reason why road races around the country made over $100,000,000 in total revenue last year.

We love racing but sometimes that comes without the proper buildup; maybe your friend talked you into it or you chose to run two marathons back to back… chances are you are not 100% prepared to run your best.

I’ve made that mistake at times – we used to think that the best way to train was to race yourself into shape but now we know that you have a finite number of hard efforts in a training cycle, be it mentally or physically… something has to give.

Success in road racing is about patience.

Sometimes racing too much can be detrimental to your confidence if you aren’t ready to roll – but racing can also be a good benchmark for your current training. Racing is a two way street and as a runner you must have perspective and you must have patience – there is a lot of experience that goes into knowing if it is a good time to race. That is where a good coach can be invaluable – knowing when you need a race to test fitness and knowing when it will kill your confidence or wear you down.

I tackled this very issue in one of my A Day In The Life videos:

 

– Justin

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Knowing What To Do – The Straightest Road To Success

Straightest Road to Success

Last week I wrote an article about knowing what to do, and how much people waste time trying to get information on a very micro level. They’re searching for the straightest road to success.

They’re constantly in search for that one thing that’s going to make all the difference when in reality there’s a lot of things that factor into getting results.

As an online fitness coach and I’ve worked with hundreds of people on their health and fitness goals. I, like many others in my field, would like to say that I know what I’m doing and that I have the answer.

However, this comes with a grain of salt. I don’t always have THE answer first try, but I do have many ways to find the answer.

Let me explain:

Like my last article, when we are searching for micro level answers like “the best exercise” or “the best food” for some specific outcome, we have a very limited vision. We are only focused on one thing and we want one answer. We are trying to find the straight road to success. The linear path.

Sadly, there are plenty of people in my industry that are offering their program as THE answer and THE path.

This is probably because what they’re selling worked for them. They found an exercise, food, routine, habit, schedule, etc that works for them.

And in truth it does or did work!

…for them.

They found a path. One.

 

The question is whether or not that path will work for you.

 

So, when I say I know what I’m doing, and even if I say I have the answers, what I actually mean is that I have a really good idea of what I’m doing. It’s a very well educated guess that comes from years of experience and hundreds of clients testing different methods. Testing different paths.

I like to think of it like a nature guide, mechanic or computer repairman.

You hire a nature guide because they know where to go. They know the path and they’ve traveled it before. However, in nature unexpected things happen. There’s avalanches, floods, fires, rockslides and wild animals. The real value in the guide isn’t that they know the one path to get you where you want to go, it’s that they know many paths and can navigate the obstacles that come up.

The mechanics and computer repair men are similar in that they have a deep understanding of how their products work. If it’s not working, they are ready to navigate the obstacles. They have the skills to troubleshoot by looking at many different aspects and finding the area the needs to be addressed.

All of these people know how to do this because of years of experience, study and trial and error.

NONE of them know the perfect answer when they start.

They will probably be close, but what’s most important is from there they have many options and paths.

They will use education, trial and error, and experience to reach their goals.

They will navigate the obstacles and find the straightest road to success.

The great thing is you too have the ability to use trial and error to find your path. You can jump into the wild and figure it out. It will have many setback and struggles, but if you keep pushing you’ll find a way.

The key is that whether it’s on your own, or with support and guidance, there is always a way to reach your goal. However, it won’t be straight and it there’s no one or perfect answer. It will take trial and error.

 

Straightest Road to Success

 

My conclusion is very similar to last week:

 

Don’t waste time trying to find the perfect answer or one path, it doesn’t exist.

No one thing is going to work for everyone. And even if it does work for you, it usually won’t keep working forever.

There is no straight road to success, but an experienced coach will help you find the straightest.

~ Chad

What Makes a Successful Running Coach?

Hi Friends,

A question popped up on a questionnaire I filled out last week: What makes a successful running coach?

I was filling it out to spend two months in Flagstaff while the NAZ Elite crew get ready for the Olympic trials. The question really got me thinking… that’s pretty relative right?

After all, who determines what successful means? Is it simply that you’ve coached runners to new prs? Or maybe all of your runners just enjoy training? Or do you have to be recognized by your peers?

What Makes A Successful Running Coach?

I believe there needs to be a bit of all three to be successful. With that in mind – here are some points I pride myself on that every coach needs to keep in mind:

Your runners need to enjoy training

You must be in tune with your runners, don’t let them burn out. Training can be tough and there are days they might hate you, but you need to know the difference between being tired from the rigors of training and being mentally worn down. Sometimes your athletes will need a day off.

Your runners need to be in the position to run their best every training block

The training must suit their needs, and you must be willing to react and anticipate any problems they may have.

Your runners need to be comfortable talking to you

This means being open with your athletes, don’t just tell them what you think they want to hear. Be honest and be real, because if your athletes can’t talk to you – how will they tell you how they are feeling.

You need to be able to market yourself and expand your coaching presence

This is something I struggle with at times but am constantly working on. A successful coach needs to be able to sell their brand and have your coaching philosophies in front of as many eyes as possible. This means being able to influence runners – experienced and beginners alike.

You must be able to talk confidently about your coaching methods

If you can’t talk confidently about the science or reasoning backing your training then your runners won’t feel confident executing the plan. Don’t just say regurgitated terms, really KNOW why the training works and what you are accomplishing. You don’t have to be a Biology major but you do need to know why you are training this way.

You must be flexible with your coaching methods

Sometimes your methods won’t work like you expected: maybe it’s how the runners are responding, maybe it’s a lot of external stress on the runners, maybe you didn’t execute your end of the plan as well as you wanted. You must – MUST – be able to change your approach! As one of my mentors told me, “let the runners have the glory,

You must be willing to learn

Whether that’s by reading or asking questions, be a sponge and never stop learning – even if you can’t incorporate a method or you disagree with the reasoning behind it. The more you know the more you can be ready for any questions your runners may ask.

You must be willing to move on

Sometimes things just don’t work out – you need to be fluid. Maybe there is a athlete relationship that isn’t working or a way you are explaining things or maybe a way you are marketing yourself. Don’t be afraid to shut it down and move on to something else… don’t be afraid to fail.

Ultimately success can be defined as many things but it always comes down to the runners!

Follow me on Twitter to ask me how I stand up to these points, or if you have guidelines I didn’t cover.

Happy Running,

Justin

Are you aware of your Core Desired Feelings and how they are running your life?

VIBRANCY. HARMONY.  LIGHT-HEARTED.  COURAGEOUS.  FEMININE.

Those are my Core Desired Feelings. What are yours?  

This post is about something that I’m super stoked about. I’ve recently read the book The Firestarter Sessions by Danielle Laporte. Let me tell you, she’s one kickass lady! The book is a “soulful & practical guide to creating true success on your own terms”. There are 16 sessions that progressively and gently dig a little deeper asking you to really take a look at yourself and how you have shown up in the world and how you want to continue to show up. A little scary at first, but well worth the shake-up! For me this journey to self-discovery is relatively new. I find it so energizing some days, yet sometimes so exhausting the next. But one of the many reasons I love this book is because it meets you where you’re at. Danielle Laporte has an amazing way of asking those juicy, soul-shaking, goose bump inducing questions, while allowing space for compassion while you become better acquainted with your true beautiful self.

Today I’m super excited to share with you one of my favourite exercises from the book: Defining your Core Desired Feelings.

It’s so simple: First, get clear on how you want to feel. Then, do stuff that makes you feel that way. Easy, right?

So many of our goals and aspirations are based on materialistic things outside of ourselves. But when we really stop to think about it, all of those aspirations are being driven by a desire to feel a certain way. Connected, abundant, radiant, energized, joyful, SEXY, playful….

Imagine this, for years your goal has been to be promoted to President and own a 3-garage home. But when you really think about it, to be the President you’ll have to work 80-hour workweeks, you’ll never be at home, and you’re mortgage poor. How might that make you feel? Exhausted, disconnected, over-worked, tired, scared?

I loved this quote from the book: “When you’re rooted in your core desired feelings, it feels safe to open your heart. You become more focused on how new situations make you feel, rather than how they appear on the surface”.

Your goals may or may not change, but what will change is how you feel while achieving those goals. So the next time a new job, a new friend, a lover, or any other opportunity presents itself that may not look like how you envisioned it, before your dismiss it, ask yourself: how does it make you feel? Feelings don’t lie.

 

So, how do YOU want to FEEL?

  1. Give yourself five uninterrupted minutes. Write down the most positive, energizing, ear-to-ear smile inducing feelings that come to mind, don’t hold back…write down anything! It seems like a long time but once the juices get flowing you’re not going to want to stop writing! For inspiration click here
  2. Now read over your list a few times, take some time to let it sink in. Then see what jumps out at you.  Now circle those words.
  3. Write each circled word on its own sticky note and put them somewhere that you’ll see them every day. You’ll likely start to see how beautiful, classy, and elegant, for example are summed up with one word: graceful. Each day toss the sticky notes that don’t make the cut.
  4. Within a few days you should be down to ideally 3-5 words. These are your CORE DESIRED FEELINGS! Like goals, they will evolve as you grow and learn, so just keep tweaking them as you change your mind. Don’t be too attached to them.
  5. Take it one step further: List three things you will do this week to generate these feelings.

 

Comment below with your first list of your Core Desired Feelings, I’d love to hear them!

Until next time, eat real food and move your body.

Jen

Belief – how to succeed!

When I talk about belief, I’m specifically referring to the belief in yourself. Maybe “self belief” or “belief in self” is more accurate?

A belief is a feeling of being sure that something is true.

If I have a belief in myself, it’s a belief that I know something about me is true. Or, I believe that I have the ability to do something.

An example might be that I believe I am a creative person or I believe that I can workout 3 times a week on a regular basis.

The opposite of this might be doubt.

Applied to the context of fitness or nutrition; if I believe that I am the type of person that will follow through with my plans and goals, I’m probably more likely to succeed at them. The belief actually leads to the success!

If I have doubt in what I can do, it’s hard for me to get going and I likely fail.

When I start coaching with my clients, one of the first things we start to do is build their belief. Belief in themselves and what they can achieve. If they want long-term success they need to feel confident that they are the type of person that will be able to follow through.

How does one build this belief?

Great question! 🙂

As I’ve said in many other posts, like here and here, a big key to success is starting small. Set some small achievable goals so you can build a foundation of success. As you succeed, you feel better and better about your ability to re-produce that success.

The next step is knowing when to start adding complexity and how to progress, but I’ll talk more about that next week. For now we’ll stick to building the belief.

I see it time and time again where people have a great excitement towards their goals and want them NOW. They want the results as quickly as possible, so they start full steam ahead.

They go from working out less times than they can count on one hand over the past 3-6 months to going to the gym 5 days a week over night.

Ever done that?

Heck, even I’ve done that!

I had a couple months with a scarce workout routine and then when I got back on track I thought I could do everything I used to do 2 months earlier. Let’s just say it was tough to sit down for a few days…

Anyway, moving along…

The problem with this aggressive approach is that it sets us up for failure. By trying to take on too much and rush our results, we end up failing. Instead of building belief we build doubt. We don’t see that we can succeed so we doubt if it’s even possible.

If you jump into 5 days a week and only get 3 it feels like a failure. But if you start with 3 days a week and happen to get 4, that’s a HUGE victory!

So again, start small, get yourself some wins and enjoy the success. Setting yourself up for success will help you build the belief that you know you can do it. You’ll believe in yourself and your ability.

What is your self belief with fitness or nutrition? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

– Chad