Wednesday, February 23, 2011

When Your Workout Feels Like Your J-O-B and What To Do About It

In his bestselling book The Three Signs of a Miserable Job, Patrick Lencioni quotes a Gallup poll finding that 70% of American workers don't like their jobs.

And I bet you that number is a lot more with Americans and their FITness programs or lack there of.

The three conditions Lencioni beliefs creates a miserable job are what I feel is the same conditions with your FITness program or lack there of.

RECCO's takes below has to do with the mental and emotional motivation behind the FITness we do.

Let's review:

1- Anonymity or "the feeling that employees get when they realize their manager has little interest in them as a human being."

RECCO says...

Same goes with FITness: The old saying goes, "People don't care how much you know, people care how much you care" definitely applies to this. FITness is a very personal concern for most all of us (why do you think they call it personal training:-). We constantly need encouragement, praise and recognition, it is as important as anything to succeed with YOUR program. For those of you that get it and get it constantly, thank your lucky stars! For those of you that don't get it, find it, its out there.

2- Irrelevance, which takes root when employees cannot see how their job makes a difference in the lives of others.

RECCO says...

We typically start a FITness program with our personal physical goals first. But with a great coach/trainer/CrossFit (like me and the box we built:-), that should happen fairly quickly and simply. So what is the next goal after that? If you don't have one, it will continue to be more and more difficult to motivate yourself day after day, month after month, year after year...How about you motivate others (friends/family/neighbors/kids/FAT people, etc...)? When you stop focusing on YOU and start helping others there is an UNLIMITED AMOUNT of inspiration/motivation/potential you to tap into. Use it and abuse it!!!

3- "Immeasurement," which is the in ability of employees to assess for themselves their contribution or success.

RECCO says...
Can you say, J-O-U-R-N-A-L?! If you currently don't journal you automatically cut your progress/results/potential (and I am the 1st to be guilty of this:-() BIGTIME! Now I get we all are not perfect but think about it like this; when we forget, get lazy, not “FEEL” like it, or just plain don’t want to, look at the people who are journaling around you, they are probably BETTER than you at CrossFit and achieveing more results. So if you copy the habits they do, then you will get the type of results they have (btw I am re-committing myself to journaling this instant:-).


Never stop because you are afraid - you are never so likely to be wrong.
Fridtjof Nansen (1861–1930)
Norwegian explorer
Nobel Peace Prize winner

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