One of my all time favorite books is the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. If you have not read it before I would highly recommend it.
The first time I read this book was about 14 years ago and I was 25 years old. It really opened my eyes to interacting with people. The first three habits focus on areas that are primarily internal in dealing with yourself and habits four through six are external in dealing with others.
The seventh and final habit is “sharpen the saw”.
This is a fantastic reminder that we must continue to sharpen our skills in all areas of our life. For Covey’s book it referred to all the previous habits and to remember that one does not arrive and simply stop working on the other habits. One must continue to work towards improvement in every area of ones life.
Another book I read a few years back was called Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron. The title pretty much gives it away. We should constantly chase excellence in our lives. We do not arrive but must always pursue a greater version of ourselves.
Over the weekend I attended the CrossFit Level 2 seminar. The two instructors in the picture above, Yuri (left) and Nicole (right), led a group of coaches from gyms all over the country for two full days to develop our skills in coaching our clients.
This is my second time to attend this course. I loved it. I appreciated the instructors passion and the knowledge they shared. This weekend was a great reminder of the importance to always fine tune my craft and the art of coaching.
I believe that the enemy of greatness is good. In other words if you are good then you become ok with being good. This will prevent you from ever becoming great.
What does “great” health and fitness means to you?
Are you there?
If you answered no I would encourage you to expose yourself to someone or an environment that pushes you towards great health. A workout partner is a great option here or joining a community gym environment where you will be around others who are also striving for better health and fitness.
If you answered yes then I would challenge you to rethink your answer. One thing I have learned in 20 years on my own fitness journey is that we do not EVER arrive. It is full of ups and downs. And if you happen to be in the best shape of your life there is still an area for improvement.
I’ll leave you with these final thoughts. I interviewed a close friend of mine for my podcast a few years back and he shared what I believe to be a profound statement in reference to his health and fitness. This man is 50 years old and incredibly influential. His words were “I want to be content but not complacent”.
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