5 reasons you need self-development as a fitness pro
A lot of people can be put off self-development and self-help materials, seeing it as some hippy thing or corporate rubbish that has no application in real life. This, in my opinion, couldn't be further from the truth. If you want to build a strong fitness business, achieve your goals faster and improve your mindset then self-development is one of the best ways to do it. In my opinion, self-development tools like books, podcasts and seminars have been the driving force behind my personal and professional growth over the last 18 months. By engaging with these sorts of materials I have had the discipline and drive to achieve some big goals like getting a promotion to a job I love, buying an investment property and having the guts to start GFT. So, why do I believe self-development is so important for fitness professionals? Here are my 5 top reasons:
1. You need to learning to keep moving forward
We all know a few fit pros who have been doing the same sort of training, eating the same things and teaching the same sort of classes since the 1980s. They don't get outstanding results for their clients, their classes seem a little dated and you wonder how they haven't got bored of delivering the same materials every day for years! Without self-development you won't be able to keep moving forward, something that is especially important in an ever changing industry like fitness. You need to keep learning about business, about yourself and about new developments to stay ahead of the pack and ensure your business beats your competitors.
2. Opens your mind to new ideas
Some of the values I live by today weren't even in my conscious thought 2 years ago. Through pushing myself to do more reading and research, my mind has been opened to new ideas. Some of these really resonated with me whilst others challenged my biases and beliefs. I've been introduced to new ideas about starting and building businesses, productivity, positive mental health and finding meaning in what I do. I honestly believe that opening my mind to these new ways of thinking has made me more secure in who I am and given me more confidence that the ideas I'd had floating around in the back of my mind were achievable.
3. Gives you time to evaluate your weaknesses
Learning about new ways of doing things definitely gives you time to reflect on where you are currently and a good self-development book or podcast will give you a road map of how to get yourself to a better place. Being able to evaluate your own weaknesses and not beat yourself up about them gives you a great foundation to build something amazing. You can honestly accept what you're not that great at and this allows you to outsource these things and spend your time doing what matters.
4. Perfect doesn’t exist
Nobody is perfect. No-one's business plan is flawless, no-one's training methods work for every client, no-one has the absolute ideal nutrition plan. We all need to strive for progress, not perfection and a great way to progress is to learn. Nothing will ever be perfect, but we can work hard to get it as close to perfect as possible.
5. What worked for you 10 years ago might not work now
Linking back to my first and fourth points, what worked for you before might not work now. If you look back at what you were doing 5 years ago, you may have thought it was really damn good at the time. You will probably look at that now and think "what the hell was I thinking?" If you only knew then what you know now. Perfect doesn't exist and committing to self-development will help you grow faster and in ways you never imagined you could. If you don't develop and grow over time you will simply get left behind both in business and personally.