I really enjoyed writing the 2013 version of this last year so decided I’d do it again and again, I’ve enjoyed writing it. I think reflection is something people don’t enough of.
Sitting back and realising what kind of year you’ve had, what you’ve learnt and what you will adapt for next year are things that help us stay on track with why we do what we do.
That said, here are 14 things I’ve learnt in 2014:
- Everyone is different –
Doing the job that I do, I see a hell of a lot of completely different types of people. One thing that continually sticks out when I work with more people is how different everyone is.
From what makes them tick, what they love and how they learn and communicate, we really are all pretty dam different.
I honestly do think this is one of the amazing parts of my job; meeting new people and learning how to make them learn to deadlift or how to stick to a new habit, things like this really do make me enjoy what I do.
- (good) Coffee makes the world go round –
If you don’t drink coffee I don’t really understand how you function… In all seriousness though I absolutely love those little beans of joy.
I’ve been using Monmouth, a little London company, for most of the year but recently I’ve started experimenting with different types. I’m now using Grumpy Mule which is pretty dam good.
Extra bit for this: do it with an aeropress and thank me later.
- Stress has a mahoosive impact on loadsa things –
I don’t know the absolute reasons of why it does because I’m not smart enough yet but what I do know is how much havoc stress can cause on things ranging from illness all the way through to appetite.
I’ve had my fair share this year which was mostly my own fault and through my experiences, and the clients I deal with, I’ve seen first-hand how much of a play it can have on all things life.
- Time off is important –
Leading on from stress point, taking time off of work is extremely important.
I honestly think this is one of the main reasons we live in such an unhappy society sometimes (no fingers pointed here however, some people have no choice).
This one is pretty specific to an industry like fitness where most of its employees do the job because they love it but get so absorbed by it they start hating it.
Plan in chill out time and do shit you love doing.
- The independence debate taught me I don’t like politics (more so than before) –
I’ve never liked politics; I just don’t trust the people who tend to sit at the top of it.
This year Scotland had a vote on becoming independent and every man, woman and their dug (Scottish for dog) had an opinion on it.
I know I should care but I really just feel I’ve more important things to worry about (like if Tesco’s has run out of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream).
More controversy than a standard South Park episode.
- Make sure that the goal is still the goal –
Sometimes things change, people change and situations change.
I plan in 6-8 weekly check-ups with all my clients where we run over if the goal they came to me with, is still the goal they are working towards now.
- “People don’t care how much you know, until they know much you care” –
This is probably my most loved quote, written by a man named Alwyn Cosgrove who has probably had the biggest influence on career outside of current mentors and family.
I love it because it’s both truer than the true (Dr Seuss quote) and so often a problem that soo many people have.
I might know my vastus lateralis from my brachioradialis (muscles, not dinosaurs, I promise!), but I’ve yet to meet many people in my job who give a shit about that. What they care about is how I can help them and how I’m going to get them to their goal.
- Un-comfort is a good thing –
I’ve yet to do something I’ve been nervous about doing that hasn’t either worked out well for me or made me a better person.
Getting out of your comfort zone is a sure fire way to continue to progress and being too comfortable with things gets boring anyway.
- New cars smell amazing –
I’ve only put this one in here because I bought my first ever new car this year and realised how amazing the smell of it is (as well as how driving it is of course).
Y’know that advert where it says “fall in love with driving again”? That’s what I feel like every time I get in this car.
- Every type of exercise works –
Don’t matter if you love zumba or bodypump or crossfit or bodybuilding, if it gets you moving and sweating, it’s good for you.
The only reason you’ll adhere and stay consistent with a type of exercise is if you enjoy it, so do exercise you enjoy.
- The more I know actually equals the less I know –
I’ve learnt more in 2014 than I have in any other year.
It honestly feels like the more I learn about things, especially in the fitness world, the less I actually know.
There are guys out there at the top of their game who’ve been doing this for 40 years that say they still don’t know everything, I’ve a hell of a long way to go and that excites me.
- I like mornings –
No one else is up and I oddly find that satisfying, like I’m being productive when everyone else is still asleep.
The world is cool place at 5/6am in the morning and I get more done by 12am than I ever used to by 5pm.
- The science of pain is extremely interesting –
I’ve recently started looking more into why people feel pain when there isn’t any obvious dysfunction/ problem or reason.
It’s an insanely complicated topic and a lot of what I’ve figured out actually relates not to what is wrong physically with someone, but what their perception of that pain is.
- The deadlift is still the king of all exercises –
Exercises come and go but this one is still alive and kicking no matter the trend.
No other exercise involves simply picking something up (with good technique) and putting it back down and no other exercise has the ability to make people as happy as this one.
I’ve never had a client set a PB on the deadlift and not be absolutely thrilled by it.
It also replicates very nicely what we do in daily activity very well which makes it incredibly functional for any kind of client (excluding a few – lower back pain clients for example).
What a relevant time of year meme.
There you have it folks, my 14 things I’ve learnt in 2k14.
There was loads more but I wanted to make it 14 things for 2014 y’know…
Have a safe Xmas, NY and 2015 and make sure you do your deadlifts and drink your coffee.