I am such a big fan on being a PRO at the things that require ZERO talent. The people I know who can best control these elements are those who are highly successful in the workplace and in their athletic / fitness / recreational goals. So here are the top 10 most important life skills which can make or break your success in anything and require ZERO talent.
1. BEING ON TIME
My pet peeve as many as you will now and I think a lot of people share this thought. No problem if you are late as a one off, but people who are consistently late DO NOT RESPECT your time. People who are also consistently late also tend to be VERY UNORGANIZED. Being on time is a reflection of your pride, work ethic and character.
2. WORK ETHIC
Be the 1st in the building to turn the lights on and the last one to leave to turn the lights off. Help out and lend a hand in doing day to day jobs. Be a good teammate, always have a HAPPY TO DO IT ATTITUDE. WORK ETHIC, like BEING ON TIME, says a lot about WHO you are as a person.
I have always said that you only have 100% in a given day, work and family will take the vast majority of your 100%. Some days you have more to give in the gym than others, but regardless of your intensity, your effort should never be less than 100%. How you do anything is how you do everything, give each task your best and no one can ask more from you and you can always be satisfied with your efforts.
4. BODY LANGUAGE
This is a big one. Again your posture, your body is telling a story of who you are. This could be from standing with your arms crossed while talking to someone. Do your best to be high energy, positive, and focussed person at the gym and at work. All this can be told by your BODY LANGUAGE. Uncross your arms, stand up and SMILE.
Look tired act tired pretty much means your tired. ENERGY has a lot to do with how you take care of yourself. Eat right, drink your water, get your sleep, and exercise! To look energetic you have to have ENERGY!! And energy is infection. You can also create ENERGY by greeting people when you enter the building. Or at the start of every session or workout saying something positive to your client. You can create ENERGY by complimenting your coworkers and training buddies. You can find a lot of resources for good positive ENERGY, the biggest resource is WANT TO.
This is a big one…ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING!!!! ATTITUDE is the thing that you have 100% control of. ATTITUDE is what you say and how you say it. ATTITUDE comes out in all of the above topics that we have covered so far.
This one is defined on how much you put into yourself being a better trainer, athletes, parent etc. Are you trying to improve so you can be better for ABC? Again,this says a lot of who you are as a person, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO GET BETTER??
8. BEING COACHABLE
This is a BIG ONE. Can you process constructive criticism and get better from it? Do you have the ability to learn new techniques and disciplines that will help you get better? Can you change? A big part of being a top athlete is the ability to learn and get better. Don’t be that OLD DOG who can’t learn new tricks.
9. DOING EXTRA
This has to do with being aware of your environment and just helping out. Not doing what is required but doing a bit extra without being asked. You will be amazed how much people and coworkers will see that and respect it.
10. BEING PREPARED
Be ready to go to work. Pack your gym bag the night before. Plan your day advance, not minutes before. BEING PREPARED is the 1st step in being a PROFESSIONAL.
The above 10 things don’t require anything but a shift in your mindset. Start practicing them and not only will you be a positive force in your gym environment, but you will be SUCCESSFUL!!