Finding motivation at work

I was inspired to write this post both after reading Clayton Christensen’s book “How will you measure your life?” and after much reflection on my journey so far.

Recently my brother finished his high school education, and is now ready to face the opportunities and prospects that the world offers. I remember being in the same position 10 years ago very well.

Not long after leaving school, I made the decision to leave a career opportunity with an accounting firm and follow my passion into health and fitness. It proved to be one of the best decisions I have made so far in my life. I hope for the sake of my brother and for yourself that you will find or are presently doing what you are truly passionate about. Something that will get you up out of bed each morning with a smile on your face and the gratitude of being lucky enough to do what you do each day.

Christensen’s book discusses a strategy to do just that, which I had unknowingly implemented myself 9 years ago.

What makes us tick? People can get caught up in unhappy careers, and ultimately unhappy lives by a general misunderstanding of what truly motivates us.
Frederick Herzberg published a breakthrough article on the topic of motivation theory. His theory distinguishes between two different factors in finding motivation at work: hygiene factors and motivation factors.
Hygiene factors: are things like status, compensation, supervisory practices, job security, work conditions, company policies, and working relationships.

It is interesting that Herzberg lists compensation as a hygiene factor and not a motivation factor. He also states that if you immediately improve all the hygiene factors of your job, you won’t suddenly love it, you just won’t hate it anymore.  “The […]

How to be a gun Personal Trainer

Approximately 6 years ago I was invited to be on a PT Panel for the annual Vision Personal Training trainer summit. I was asked to answer 5 questions in relation to my personal training career so far and how to be a gun personal trainer. The other panel members were a franchise owner and a studio manager offering an insight into their learnings and respective journeys. It was and remains a career highlight for me as a personal trainer before venturing out to start my own franchise.

I found my responses going through my old journals and thought seeing as some of my readership are perhaps personal trainers themselves that it may be of some value to those looking to be successful, long term as a personal trainer. The responses are unedited and as they were at the age of 22 with 3 years of personal training experience behind me.

What was my greatest challenge in my first year as a personal trainer?

My greatest challenge as a personal trainer in my first year, was adapting to different clients and differing standards that people set or place upon themselves. Being able to realise that not all people love exercise, or eating healthily and not everyone is aiming to get outstanding results for themselves. Whilst still taking the time to understand their needs, and get them to where they want to go, and not where I would like them to go.

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How to manage fear and worry

“The fears we don’t face become our limits” – Robin Sharma 

Fear is a powerful motivator and it can be a powerful detractor. Learning how to manage fear and worry is paramount to developing a champion’s mindset.

In this post I would like to share with you, 3 practical ways you can help manage fear and worry in your life.

Write down your fears, worry and problems

By writing down your fears and worries you will have an awareness of the massive amount of brain space these worries and fears are taking up each day. With more awareness you will be able to make better choices to alleviate the worry and fear that can consume your focus and energy. Bruce Lee would write down his problems on a piece of paper, scrunch it up and burn it!

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Simplicity

One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.

–Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was not only a master at martial arts and an actor, he was a philosopher and a believer in constant never ending personal development and self discovery.

He followed a non rigorous structure in his life and his martial arts going against the grain of traditionalist martial arts styles and threw away the rule book. He chose to be like water to be in a constant state of flow, as water is able to adapt and form into its surroundings. This philosophy allowed him the freedom to be flexible and adaptable to any situation.

 

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Daily Gratitude

At a recent breakfast I attended with Tim Ferriss author of The 4 Hour Work Week, he spoke of his morning ritual, one of the key rituals he does every day is write down 3 things he is grateful for each morning. This gave me a kick up the bum as it used to be one of my morning rituals too.

Documenting my daily gratitude was introduced to me by my first mentor and it was something I had done every morning for 4 straight years. Then I kind of forgot about them. It’s not that I was un grateful, but I was missing out on taking the time out to reflect and express gratitude daily. From listening to Tim it reminded me of the importance of taking a small amount of time each day to record what it is I have to be grateful for each day.

For example today I was grateful for:

My two children who slept the whole night unbroken (parents will understand this simple joy)
My morning coffee (it was sensational)
The delayed onset muscular soreness from “Leg Day” indicative of a great workout the day before

These simple gratitudes set me up for a positive day, by focussing on what I should be thankful for, before the day, environment and influences get me thinking about what I don’t have in my life.

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Should you meet your heroes? The Ferrari F355

Since I was 10 I always wanted a red Ferrari. And at the age of 17 with increased clarity the goal was to one day own an F355 6 speed manual.

The design of the F355 is automotive art to me, and has a timeless shape. To this day the F355 is also one of the best sounding cars on the planet with an F1 sounding howl unlike any other.

The F355 was the first Ferrari I had ever been driven in at the age of 16 and I still remember it like it was yesterday. Since that first drive the F355 was just a dream that one day I too would own one.

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Creating a rock week

A rock week is your ideal week scheduled into a 7 day diary. It should include all the things that make you happy, keep you fit, nurture relationships, improve your lifestyle, enhance career satisfaction and prospects.

 

There is an old saying: “What gets scheduled gets done.”

 

Putting together a rock week is a commitment to yourself and to others of time allocated to particular tasks and duties that will enhance your life in both the short and long term.

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3 ways to avoid falling into the trap of comparing yourself to others

We all do it and we all have done it, comparing ourselves to others that is. Isn’t it funny how we always seem to compare ourselves with those who we perceive as having or achieving more, whether it be talent, status, money, power or material items. A sure fire way to be unhappy is to compare yourselves with others. It is a false benchmark of your own success and development.

The goal of beating your personal best should be your focus and desire. Realising your potential is your journey and responsibility.

If you fall into the habit of continually comparing yourself to others, you will ensure that you are perpetually unhappy and unsatisfied, no matter how much you achieve.

Here are 3 ways to avoid falling into the trap of comparing yourself to others:

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4 tips to improve your circle of influence

“You become the average of the 5 people you hang around most”. Jim Rohn.
Think about that for a minute. Who are the 5 people you hang around most? Are they on a path that you want to be on, do they motivate and inspire you, or do they provide you comfort, whilst questioning your beliefs and dreams?

While the circle of influence has played a significant role in my life, I had not felt the need to post about it until recent observations had compelled me to write about the topic.

For me it makes absolute sense that you become the average of the people you hang around most, for others it is not so clear that this is the case.

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One year with a Ferrari

12 months ago I realised my childhood dream of owning my very own Ferrari. This post is to document the joy of ownership, Ferrari experience and to find out if the dream lived up to expectations.

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