Welcome To My First “Real” Post

First off, thank you for visiting my site.  I never saw myself starting a blog, but I went to a seminar on Sunday (more on that in a minute) and one of the presenters talked about getting ahead in the business of personal training/strength coaching.  He talked about having a Facebook page (already there ~ please friend me if you too are on Facebook), being on Twitter (hmmm, we’ll see) and starting a blog.  Another presenter at the seminar talked about ACTION…it’s one thing to make lists and formulate ideas about what to do, but to be successful you need to take action, you need to DO.  So I came home Sunday after the seminar, and went to wordpress.com…and here I am. 

My initial goal for this blog is to provide information relating to fitness, nutrition and motivation/inspiration.  I come across a lot of great information in the various blogs and newspapers I read, and I have been trying to pass a lot of this good stuff around by making hard copies available in the gym and posting to my triathlon team’s forum.  Now I realize it makes more sense to make it available in one place, online (ie. no more photocopying for me).  While I will try to write some original content, my guess is that will evolve over time.  Expect this site to also evolve over time.  While I have tried to personalize it a bit, in truth I am still trying to figure out how all of this works.  So bear with me as I embark on this journey.  Please feel free to make suggestions for content and to ask questions (in other words, help me out with blog ideas!). 

So I do want to pass along a little bit about my Sunday seminar experience.  This was a one-day seminar with four speakers in the morning and four hands-on break-out sessions in the afternoon.  I always love these seminars because I learn a lot and I get rejuvenated…it’s like injecting a double shot of espresso into my career.  I walk out of there with new ways to torture challenge my clients (relax, I ordered a 3 lb jump rope, not the 6 lb one I had to use for 60 seconds on Sunday).  While I took something from each presenter, the one that kind of hit home with me on Sunday was Todd Durkin’s presentation called “Creating Maximum I.M.P.A.C.T. in the Fitness Field.”  I have never heard Todd speak before and to say he was energetic was an understatement.  I’m sure he was purposely placed last because by 11:30 he he was staring at a bunch of personal trainers who had been sitting for 3 hours who were dreaming of lunch.  What Todd talked about was being inspired and inspiring others (“I”), mastering (“M”) your craft, playing (“P”) at world class levels , taking action (“A”), conditioning (“C”) (this is where the weighted jump rope comes in…you have Todd to thank) and being tenacious (“T”). 

Todd introduced us to Robin Sharma’s “Eight Forms of Wealth,” which is what I want those of you reading this to take some time to reflect on.  Robin Sharma is a “leadership expert” who has written many books (I bought one, will blog on that in a later post…after I read it).  He has identified 8 forms of wealth that you want to try to maximize in your life:

  1. Spiritual/Inner self : self-respect and a sense of your long term life goals.
  2. Physical Health
  3. Family (primary relationships): the connections you have with your family and those close to you.
  4. Professional/Career
  5. Financial
  6. Circle of Genius/Social: surrounding yourself with good people
  7. Adventure: mystery, challenge, novelty, creativity
  8. Impact wealth: leaving a mark on the world

Your task is now to take this list and rate yourself from 1 to 10 on each form of wealth with 1 being “poor” to 10 being “where you want to be.”  Plot your ratings on the chart: 8 forms of wealth chart.  Then connect the dots to form your circle of wealth…what does it look like?  I think visuals can have a lot of impact and I found this a great way to look at your life and see where you may want to make some changes.  Ideally you want something that looks not only like a circle (indicating balance in your life)…but a big circle. 

One more bit of “homework.”  Now that you’ve plotted your ratings and evaluated your circle, try this “3 in 30” ~ take each form of wealth and come up with 3 goals that you are going to accomplish in the next 30 days.  If that seems overwhelming, either pick a category or two (maybe those areas where you are feeling your “wealth” is lacking) and focus on those or come up with just 1-2 goals per area instead of 3…there’s really nothing magical about 3.  These goals do not have to be huge…for example, Todd’s goals for “spiritual/inner self” were to take 10 minutes of quiet time every day, 10 minutes of journaling time every day and 30 minutes of reading time every day.  His physical goals related to working out, getting enough sleep and getting a weekly massage.  I am going to work on my own and will share some of mine in the next few days.

Let me know if you like these exercises (this might actually be harder than doing reverse lunges).  Thanks for reading.

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About Lisa Van Dore

I have lived in Sherborn, Dover and most recently North Walpole, for a total of 15 years (and counting). Having recently been through the process of selling a home and buying (and renovating) a new one, I understand the conflicting emotions of excitement and anxiety inherent in the process, whether you are a seller or buyer, whether this is your first home purchase or your tenth. I have a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. My early career found me working as a CPA, and later as the controller of Crate & Barrel. More recently I spent seven years running my own personal training business. I understand the hard work and dedication necessary to build a business and a reputation...most of my personal training clients came to me by referral and my first client was still with me when I decided to leave personal training. This speaks to the level of effort I put forth for my clients, week after week. On a more personal note, I raced triathlon for seven years and more recently completed my first half marathon. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, Maine, hiking and, in the fall, following college football...my teams are the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!).
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One Response to Welcome To My First “Real” Post

  1. Jeanne Sullivan says:

    Very interesting.

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