Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Coaching?? Is it REALLY for me???

It wasn't so long ago that I entered the world of Beachbody. For the longest time I would check out the P90X informercials and tell myself, "That looks totally insane and way too hard for me to even think about!" At that time I was so out of shape. Even walking down the street would have proved difficult for me. Around the same time, I was diagnosed with type II diabetes. After just watching the infomercials, I took the plunge and ordered P90X. I have to admit that I was excited and scared when it showed up at my door step. I opened the box and and thought to myself, "What the hell am I doing???" I started my frst round and before I knew it, 90 days had passed and I completed round one.
While going through my first round, the thought about coaching never really interested me. I knew it was an excellent opportunity, but it wasn't for me. As I close to finishing my first round, it was then that I considered being a coach. I wanted a chance to help someone the same way people helped me on my journey. So at the end of my first round, I took another plunge and signed up to be a coach. Well guess what??? Once I signed on, I felt those same feelings I had when I first received P90X in the mail. I was excited and scared! This plunge was probably even more scary than starting P90X. But even though both plunges were scary, I had to realize why it was scary...I was now out of my comfort zone!
Isn't all this "changing your lifestyle" thing is all about after all? Those of us who have made the decision to change our lifestyle have done exactly that. We realized that the lifestyle we were living is no longer the way we want to live any more. From the physical aspect, we have stepped outside our comfort zones and have done P90X or Insanity or another workout program. We realized that we wanted to change our physical health and have done something about it. In the same way, we can look at coaching as stepping out of another comfort zone. (I know this was the case for me.) The thought of having a business can be overwhelming for anyone. (I know it is for me.) But like the physical aspect mentioned before, coaching is yet another step outside our comfort zone. But think about the rewards of both aspects.
With the physical aspect, we earned a healthy lifestyle and all the other benefits that came with our decision of changing our lifestyle. These benefits will also come when we decide to become a coach and make a financial lifestyle change as well. As much as a financial benefits are important and nice, there is the one thing that made me decide to be a coach. I WANT TO HELP OTHERS!!! All along this journey there have people who helped me along the way. Now it's my turn to pay it foward. It's my turn to be that supporting individual who is willing and wanting to turn people into healthier individuals.
So if you have realized that you want to help people acheive the same results like you have and you want to pay it forward then maybe coaching is for you!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Thoughts of a New Beginning/ 2011

On January 1st of every year, people feel the need re-invent themselves...and I'm no exception. Resolutions are made every year. People want to lose weight and get healthy. Others want to better themselves mentally and psychologically. Some may want to chase noble efforts such as quitting smoking or drinking. Still others may strive to challenge themselves spiritually. Whatever the reason may be, we, as human beings get a chance every year to forget the old year and get a chance to start over in the new year. Goals that weren't accomplished in the old year are resurrected again, taken off the shelf, dusted off and given new life. The new year brings forth a renewed spirit of hope. 

As I grow older (and hopefully more mature), I am beginning to realize that I am not the same person I was even a year ago. On January 1, 2010, I had every intention of losing weight, becoming a better person, yada, yada, yada...However, as we make resolutions, we forget something! We forget that there is this little thing called...wait for it...have you guessed what it is yet? L-I-F-E

Yes folks it's that thing called life that  often gets in the way of resolutions. One example:

  • (resolution) I am going to hit the gym and get in shape and lose weight
  • (life) I can't make it to the gym because ___________________ (insert reason)
 All of us, often have a million excuses why we can't keep these resolutions. I have this to do...I have that to do...I'm too busy... I have to give the dog a bath, etc, etc...

When have we become so complacent in our lives that we can't find the time to carry out these noble pursuits. Things like losing weight to get healthy or quitting smoking, or seeking out ways to make us a better person are noble and valid. 

Now as I type this, I realize that I am a prime example of a complacent individual who is taking life for granted. Ten years ago I was a person who wasn't thinking about the future. I did what I did when I wanted to do it and that was it. I only had to take care of me. Ten years ago if you would have told me that I was going to be married and have a child, I would have said, "Yea right buddy...are you nuts? I can barely take care of myself!" 

So now here it is, ten years later and I am married to a beautiful and loving woman and we have a beautiful four year old daughter. No longer do I have the privilege of being complacent. I now am a husband and a father. Not only are my responsibilities to myself. I now have  bigger responsibilities that include my wife, my daughter....and the future. (Insert scary music here) Things that I once took for granted are staring me in face and daring me to (as I borrow a quote from The Shawshank Redemption) "Get busy living...or get busy dying!" When such a challenge is staring you in the face, what do you do? Each individual will choose to approach such a challenge in their own way. As for me, I don't especially find the notion of death too appealing. So with that thought, my resolution for 2011 is this option....

"Get busy living!!"