I’ve been having a lot of fun these last few weeks training with another coach, a friend of mine and fellow personal trainer called Martin King.
Unless I have a specific goal to work towards I regularly let myself off the hook.
You might do the same: after all, why put yourself through unnecessary suffering when you can easily justify to yourself that ‘that’s enough’?
Well I was in the gym with Martin a couple of weeks ago and we were taking it in turns on each exercise.
It was my turn for one of them, and I instinctively dropped the weight right down to something I knew that I’d be able to lift.
Martin asked why I’d dropped it and I told him I didn’t think I’d be able to lift what it was on the bar before, and he replied: “You’re stronger than you think”.
I reluctantly put the weight back up and with a bit of huffing and puffing, I completed the set.
Why should you give a monkeys about what I get up in the gym?
Well because that phrase “you’re stronger than you think” probably applies to you as well.
Since that revelation that I don’t have all the insider information about my own potential, I’ve found myself selecting harder options, even if I didn’t think that I could do it.
Just because I believe I’m at a particular level doesn’t make it true.
Which begs an interesting question:
Q: What would you do if you had no idea what you were capable of?
I’m having fun finding out what my own limits are, and have discovered that they’re way beyond what I previously believed.
Sometimes it takes the right questions to uncover the right answers.
BTW Did you check out that interview with Stuart Haden on coachability?
You can make immense gains in your results with working with a coach (on any subject) if you improve how good you are at being coached.
Interesting concept, and one I whole heartedly agree with.