Many of us know that practice does not make prefect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. To become better at our training, jobs and lives, we must pay attention to the ways in which we practice in order to perform to our full potential. To be a good role model, well rounded athlete and teacher we must not forget that whatever time we put into our physical practice, we must put into our mental growth as well.
How can you bring more to your training and your clients training if you keep running them through the same old ‘hamster in the wheel’ routine?
You need to be greedy for yourself and always want more. Finding new training challenges, practicing and conquering them ensures that you will keep raising the bar for yourself physically. However, once your have achieved your goals, how do you go about discovering new ones?
To demand more from yourself you need to be informed. The number one thing you can do to make yourself a better trainer is to study. To be a great teacher, you must be an even better student.
Here are some easy steps to follow to help you keep a good study practice.
-Research Something New:
This is a must and should be done minimum once a day. Set aside time for studying in your schedule. Even if it starts with 15 minutes each day, one topic a week, by the end of seven days, that can add up. If you are teaching people and taking money from them, you owe it to yourself and your clients to keep raising the bar. It can be anything at all. Gymnastics, free diving, jujitsu, ballet, knife dis-arming, olympic weightlifting, aerial silks…etc. If you don’t understand it, research it until you do. Trust me, if you follow this one rule, you will never run out of things to discover.
-Be a Detective:
Explore all the angles of your new challenge. The next time a client comes to you with a question or issue that you don’t understand instead of turning them away or making excuses to yourself, take on their need and challenge yourself to become informed. As the saying goes, ‘the teacher will appear when the student is ready to learn’. You are the student, never forget that.
-Practice it Yourself:
If it scares you, you should do it. We often shy away from things we do not understand, that’s why we are afraid of them. Don’t be afraid to fail. Go take lessons. Make mistakes. It is only through experience that you can truly understand and learn.
Would you rather go through life avoiding all that you are afraid of, regretting things you haven’t done? Or would you rather practice what you preach and be a warrior? That is the sign of a true leader.
Once you have completed all the above steps, the best way to put your knowledge to the test is to share it. Write articles for magazines, blog it, present it to your peers, teach it to your kids, create a youtube channel, the list goes on and on. This is also how you market yourself. The possibilities are endless if you keep your up with your studies.
No one wants to hire or train with someone that does not show constant improvement within themselves. If you are lazy at life, then you will be lazy at your job. You will lack passion for what you do. If you find yourself in this situation, you should either switch professions, or light a fire under your own butt and start to uncover all the options and angles your career could take. Challenge yourself to be better. Research, Explore, Practice and Teach. Think of yourself like a shark. A shark must be constantly moving forward or it dies. A trainer must be constantly moving their own training and clients forward or their value as a teacher will die.