mindset

Dissecting Focus

By: Jimmy Dabney

The core of excellence lies within our focus. We all want to perform at our very best and reach our full potential; now to make this happen, we must learn how to focus properly. Excellence begins to exist only when we connect with each step of the process as we move forward in achieving our goals. Every moment is important in the pursuit of raising our level of consistency. I would like to dissect our focus into six different sections: Commitment, Mental Readiness, Positive Visions & Images, Confidence, Distraction Control, and Ongoing Learning.

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Commitment: Committing to constant learning and growth will help enhance our focus. While pursuing our dreams, it is imperative that we develop the mental, physical and technical skills to become the very best version of one's self. Learning about focus can directly affect our mood as well as the outcome of our performance. As we apply the lessons learned from each experience we can then take steps towards improvement. Setting clear goals and resisting inevitable obstacles will help us hold onto our commitment as we continue to pursue personal excellence.

Mental Readiness: Preparing, training, and performing with optimal focus and with the right intensity, will help us become successful. A positive mindset is a crucial component that can enhance our ability to create positive learning opportunities. We then must take advantage of every training and performance opportunity to build momentum towards reaching our goals. Once in rhythm with this perspective, we can find simple joys within the process and stay positive during the various ups and downs we encounter.

 Positive Visions & Images: Using positive visions and images within a practice or a performance can help us see what our potential looks like. Creating positive images may not be as easy as it sounds, especially with the struggles faced along the way. However, the mental, physical and technical skills acquired through the learning process, and the improvement of executing these skills, will help us visualize the images of the steps we need to take to get to where we want to go. Positive thoughts, images, and visions are an inspiration to keep striving towards reaching our goals and our dreams.

Confidence: We all have potential and the capacity to overcome obstacles. Commitment, mental readiness, and positivity can give us the confidence needed to make smart choices and reinforce our focus. Incorporating confidence in our daily actions will speed up the process of achieving our short-term and long-term goals. Conversely, the lack of confidence will slow down the process and cause roadblocks on our journey. Takeaway: Trust and believe in yourself; knowledge is power (see ongoing learning.)

 Distraction Control: Staying present can help to reduce stress, maintain positivity and enhance our focus. Performing consistently well requires us to regain a positive focus once we get distracted (as we all face distractions daily). Reconnecting with our best performances from the past can help us reconnect to the skills needed to create another successful experience. Making it a priority to adequately rest will help our mind to stay on the best path towards personal excellence.

Ongoing Learning: Finding joy in what we do will help us take small steps towards achieving our short-term and long-term goals. Reflecting on lessons learned from past experiences will improve new and upcoming performances as well as help us target relevant focus areas for future improvement. Most importantly… ACTING on these lessons learned will be necessary to continue our growth process and help us be successful on an ongoing basis. Remember this is a fluid process where, ironically, there is no finish line. Life gives us an opportunity to continuously SHOW UP and improve at what we love to do. The commitment to become mentally ready and use positive visions and images will help strengthen our confidence to control distractions and enhance ongoing learning. Focus is always within our control, so now go out there and use it!

Written by: Jimmy Dabney, Show Up Fitness Strength Coach, MS

HELP NICK (ENERGY) - How To Become A Successful Personal trainer

HELP NICK (Energy)

To Become A Successful Personal Trainer, you don’t need to be a cracked-out version of Ben Stiller in Dodgeball, or my personal favorite, Heavyweights…

You need to have 10% more energy than the client that you’re about to train. Some clients may require you to be slighter more energetic than a church mouse, while others may need you to be fired up (enter favorite caffeinated beverage or three.) More importantly, your last client of the day shouldn’t be penalized because you’ve trained ten clients prior to them SHOWING UP! To be successful, you need to learn how to read your clients and the atmosphere that you’re in. If a client is intimidated by the gym, you should be able to observe their body language, temperament, and energy. If you’re training at the Silicon Valley Equinox (known for having a large clientele of retired folk) maybe you shouldn’t SHOWIN UP like Ric Flair vs Hulk Hogan Bash at the Beach.


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If you’re a great trainer you should be able to keep your clients for many years. Be a chameleon and learn how to read people will help you remain in the industry for many years to come (the average trainer quits within 6-months.) I disagree when trainers say you’re doing clients a disservice if you continue to train them after 6-9 months- they should be able to do it by themselves. Professional athletes, trainers and you and I need trainers because we stay in our comfort zone when lifting weights. There’s nothing that can replace a fired-up trainer saying, “LET’S GOOOOO, YOU GOT THIS, THREE MORE REPS!” We’re all guilty of stopping by ourselves, but with a trainer, you’ll push beyond your limits.

Be conscious of your environment, give each session 110%, and have more energy than your clients. If this video by Todd Durkin doesn’t give you goosebumps with his 110% energy, I don’t know what will!

The Choice of Excellence

By: Jimmy Dabney

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Excellence in any domain always begins with a decision and a choice. First, it is

important to understand what you are passionate about. What lights your fire?

What ignites the motivation to make strides towards reaching your potential?

When you answer these questions you then have direction. Many struggle to find

this direction. Once this is known you are already one step ahead of most.

Big Step #1 – As our board member Dr. Waterbury says, “FOCUS is a crucial

component of success”.

Big Step #2 – PERSIST through the ongoing obstacles that you will encounter.

For a joyful existence you must CHOOSE to do the following...

- To excel within your passion.

- To bring full focus and quality to your work.

- To direct your stress in a productive way.

- To respond positively to obstacles.

- To recognize that the choices you make direct the quality of your

performance.

Keeping a sense of purpose, passion, and perspective helps to build momentum

when things get tough. What are the reasons for why you are doing what you are

doing? Is it meaningful? What will it bring you? What will it bring to those that you

care about? What do you love about it?

Retaining your ignition allows excellence to become a realistic goal. Constantly

reminding yourself of your passion and purpose will keep your focus vivid and

strong. Engulf your choices in love, joy, creativity and determination to keep your

vision clear. Keep a positive perspective when tough situations present themselves

because it will help you to overcome challenges and strengthen your pursuit of

excellence.

Choosing to focus can be one of the hardest things to do. Combine a positive mindset

with every decision to create constant improvement in each task of the day. You

have the CHOICE to go through the motions or perform your tasks with quality. If

you are only present physically things will not work. Use your thoughts and focus

together so they can work with your efforts. Doing this will transform your

performance from poor to good, good to great, and great to consistently great.

A positive perspective will allow you to always learn from your experiences and

performances. Apply the lessons learned to kick-start the action needed. Then focus

on what is in front of you to become fully engaged. In doing this you can access free

flowing energy. Align this energy with daily choices and focus to unlock true

potential and create limitless opportunities. Now reach out to grab your destiny!

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By: Jimmy Dabney