Below is your weekly dose of 4 Thought Friday, a short list of idea’s, thoughts, and experiments from a few members of the Mako Team. Enjoy!
Brandon: No Magic Pill
There is no magic pill, a special workout, or secret diet to get results. When it comes to reaching your goals, the only things that matter are hard work, consistency, and discipline. If I could give people just one thing, it would be self-disciplined. The ability to say, “yes” to things that are good for you, and “no” to the things that are not, consistently, lead to success every time. Live a balanced life, where you eat, sleep, move, and think in patterns that help instead of hurt you, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish. So, ditch the fad diets, special workout supplements, and start to do what is necessary to reach your potential. Don’t say, “that doesn’t work,” if “that” was eating whole foods to feel and perform better, and you still drink beer and eat donuts every chance you get. You must be able to say “no” to short-term fixes to get the long-term success. Spread out your vices to be consistent for a month at a time, and I bet you start tackling those goals that have always seemed to elude you. Drop the excuses and dial yourself in towards greatness.
Walking up to a someone you either don’t know or haven’t got a chance to speak with can be nerve-racking and scary. One thing, among many, I love about my job is that I have to step out of my comfort zone and speak with new people almost every day. I get to learn about their interests, adventures, and goals. Everyone has an interesting story to tell if people are willing to listen (Cuz has the BEST stories). I know it can be an uncomfortable feeling, at first, to walk up to someone you don’t really know and start a conversation with them; however, after the initial hello the conversation begins to feel natural. Before you know it, you have been talking like you have been friends for forever.
Stepping out of your comfort zone can be challenging and nerve-racking, but it is the fastest way to grow as a person and builds confidence in one’s self. At Mako Athletics, we are focused on building a community and we want everyone to have the opportunity to learn from one another.
This week, I want to challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and have one conversation with an unfamiliar face. This can be someone at the gym, your workplace, or at a social event. Get to learn their interest or hobbies.
Carlos: Build & Grow Deep Relationships
As I mentioned last week, I have been focusing on the five factors of health. Specifically, the last factor “Connect – build, sustain, and grow deep relationships.” As a coach, I find it very important to connect with members; having meaningful conversations with members really help me have a different perspective on life. These conversations are meaningful for the members too; I was talking to a member tonight and he mentioned he’s very happy because he’s been losing around 2-4 pounds a month and he’s been feeling amazing; then he said, “however, I wish I was born fit like you guys.” All of us, the coaches, competitors, games athletes, started somewhere. I told him that I was about 25lbs overweight after my first semester of College. I couldn’t do a strict pull up 6 years ago; I had no clue about nutrition or training. I still remember days where all my friends went to the beach, and I was so ashamed of my body that I ended up not going; I remember moments where I would binge eat fast food and then feel terrible with myself. Sad, no energy, scared of walking to a gym… I was there too, as well as MANY other people that today are considered “fit”. It did not change from one day to the other; it took a lot of dedication and learning to be where I am at right now- consistency, consistency, consistency. I shared my fears and dreams with this member; I can tell he felt a connection and this conversation will hopefully help him keep believing that his goals are achievable and more!
Don’t be scared of sharing your fears and dreams with other people. Connect with them, help them see a different perspective of life, tell them where you started, say something positive to them if you see they are showing consistency and working hard during the WOD’s; surround yourself with people that have similar goals than you. Meaningful relationships in your life are the most impactful thing for living a long and productive life. Let’s get after it!
I’ve mentioned before that I started reading Fiction books before bed as a way to downregulate and turn my monkey mind off. I have been enjoying the young adult series of books and the new series I just started is called Divergent by Veronica Roth. The book breaks down society into what they call different factions with each faction having its place in society to help one another. It is an interesting take, I’m on the second book and as you can imagine things are going exactly as planned. If you looking for a good read check this series out it will be sure to excite your imagination.
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