Working out has made me stronger. Mentally. Physically (Do you have your tickets to the *gun* show??). In more ways then I can even articulate right now, lifting weights has changed my life. So here’s what’s been occupying my thoughts while I do 1 billion burpees.
Who I workout with matters.
There are certain girls that just make me better. It’s about more than just chillin’ with the #stronggirls and gettin’ all beefy (authors note: I am not beefy…). There are certain girls that see the best in me, encourage me…yell at me as needed! When I’m with these girls I work harder. When I watch these girls, I work smarter, because I learn from how they move through a workout.
Strong girls truth bomb:
They commit. They show up and do work.
They encourage…and sometimes yell. Because they know how much I have left in me.
They notice. They see and congratulate my improvement.
They improve. They are still on track to get better themselves. They receive coaching well.
Not just pointing out the wobbly way to the finish line, but lifting up elbows and huffing it alongside. When they’ve finished the workout before you, they come back to run and clap alongside your final 3 laps to the finish.
Having this type of friend and the gym has made all the difference.
Having this type of friend in business is critical. Someone who lends a hand, leveraging their skills and connections? Who notices you, congratulates you, commits to you and to the continued betterment of themselves? Someone who has either walked the road already, or is in the trenches with you, trying to muck out the same business problems you are?!?! Sign me up!
A word about mentorship.
People are so busy. And even if they’re not busy, they feel unworthy for the term “mentor.” There are a TON of ways to have mentors, and they don’t all involve personal 2-way communication. You can get extra fitness coaching online in the way of an amazing nutritionist’s podcast, or a crossfit coach’s YouTube channel. In business, there is a whole hoard of info about everything from social media to Quick Books on the internet. Taking great online classes, going to events, and reading can all get you mentored up by the best! Then you can rely on those around you, whether ahead or beside, to fill in all the blanks. Making it not such a one-person job! Now doesn’t that sounds delightful?!?
Bring on the community!
So here’s your goal for the day. Think about who is mentoring you in business (or heck, anywhere for that matter) and who you are mentoring (because duh, this is also important). Be intentional about these relationships. If you don’t have them, start to cultivate them! AND start being a cheerleader! It’s so easy to notice and encourage others. And good gravy, it makes everyone’s day!
Onward and Upward friends.
(photo curtesy of Iron Tribe)