We try so hard to do things “on our own”, thinking that that’s what independence means. But if asking for someone else’s support can help us become better human beings, then sometimes it’s alright to leave our island and join another. While coaching ourselves may work in certain areas of our lives, and while in other areas we are even able to coach another, sometimes we ourselves need to be coached.
Tony provides fitness coaching for me each and every morning when I do my Power 90 in-home fitness program. I’ve never been wealthy enough to afford a weekly personal trainer, let alone a daily personal trainer. If I could, I would. But for less than a dollar a day as part of the incredible deal I got on my challenge pack, I have Tony guiding me every day, every morning, every step of the way. (Except Sundays, when I go to Yoga!)
Likewise, I provide coaching when I help them design a fitness and nutrition plan in alignment with the I Move and Shake movement.
However, as a self-employed artist and writer, I have no boss telling me what to do and no coach motivating me to do my work. At times, it’s easy for me to mess around, and I easily get distracted.
As I’ve said, Power 90 and Shakeology are my base, my foundation, and they’re both going exceptionally well. My health, nutrition-intake, and fitness are going great and moving in a positive direction. Now it’s time that I take that energy and momentum to my professional life, to my career, to my self-employed work, to my life is a musician, and to my success in other areas of life.
So today I enlisted a friend of mine who is excellent at structure and organization to be my daily productivity coach. I humbled myself down and said: “Hey, can you help me out with this?”
While the ideas being utilized happened to be primarily mine, self-coaching just wasn’t enough. Despite my best intentions, I was wasting time … rebelling against productivity with procrastination. I needed an Accountability Partner. My friend as my coach is helping to support me to stay accountable to the actions I want and need to take. Accountability to others can be a profound motivational force.
Rather than “doing what I feel like” during my work hours, I now have a structured schedule, set up like college classes. If I “miss class,” I am accountable to my coach friend. If you’re curious to know more about the details of how he and I have structured this accountability, please join me, and then send me an e-mail. Once you have joined me, we can also discuss a plan for your health and fitness as well.
- From 9:00-10:30, I take care of e-mails and correspondence.
- From 10:30-12:00, I work on writing my novel and my non-fiction book.
- From 2:00-3:30 I write, record, and rehearse my songs.
- And from 3:30-5:00 I do web-work, graphic-design work, and/or blog writing. I have 2 more hours of work that are not time-specific.
And still, BEFORE EVERYTHING ELSE:
Every Day I Wake, I Move and Shake. First thing after waking up, I do my Beachbody fitness program: Power 90. Then I drink Shakeology. Moving my body first thing and drinking THE nutrition shake on the planet gives me energy and a healthy start to the work day ahead of me.
Today marks the beginning of Week 4. Some say it takes 3 weeks to make a habit. Some say it takes 3 months.
I say it takes 3 weeks to form a new habit, and 3 months to solidify it.
My body, mind, and spirit haven’t felt this good in years. And I have never felt this good consistently ever before in my adult life. Bold statements for such a simple movement as I Move and Shake. But to think something must be difficult in order for it to yield profound results is a misconception. Sometimes it’s the simple choices in life that create dramatic change.
Even Shakeology touts itself as “Nutrition Simplified.” I like to think of my I Move and Shake movement as health and fitness simplified. It may only be a simple foundation before a more complicated day, but you will be surprised to see how much better the rest of your day goes when you start your day off right.
Author and speaker Wayne Dyer begins his day with a simple prayer of gratitude. “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.”
So the first prayer upon waking is a prayer of words.
The second prayer is a prayer of the body: moving it in celebration of its faculties through walking, stretching, yoga, running, or an in-home fitness program such as Power 90.
The third prayer is one of nourishment: Consciously choosing to put nutritious and naturally energizing food into the body. For 14 years, I would shake off-and-on with other shakes. While I kind-of liked some, and tolerated others, it wasn’t until I discovered Shakeology that I new I would begin to shake daily and consistently from then on.