"Dig deep. Find out WHY." was the advice one of my mentors handed down to me some 10 years ago. Little did I know this carried me through my life and career.
Stephen Covey said “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” 10 years ago, I have to admit, when I trained someone and when they whined and moaned, you could see the clouds above my head "bla bla bla, come on, get on with it".
However, after a couple more years of experience and growth aided by some of life's adversity with sprinkles of tragic and heartbreak, I started listening intently and then over time and self discovery, intuitive understanding and empathy created the bond between my clients and I. Perceptions and judgements differ according to interests, values, motivations etc. Sometimes someone just needed a good breakdown and sometimes they may just need a listening ear and a hug but most time, everyone I knew REALLY DO "get on with it", it was what happened in between that matters.
I am the type of trainer who will ask "how are you" when you stepped into your one on one training session and by the end of your sentence I may have adjusted your program - up the game or just the opposite depending on your answer to "how are you". And also because I was the one who dug deep and remembered why YOU started training in the first place and then get you back on track accordingly.
Dig Deep from Wiktionary: "To make a lot of effort with all one's resources."
So some EQ, some Myers-Briggs and the likes of Jung knowledge, mental certificate from school of hard knocks in life and fitness knowledge obviously, I became the trainer I am today.
"By developing individual strengths, guarding against weaknesses, and appreciating the strengths of other types, life will be more amusing, more interesting, and more of a daily adventure than it could possibly be if everyone were alike" ~ Isabel Briggs Myers
If you tried to dig deep into me, my purpose in exercise is that I would like to remain fit and healthy with a quality life till the end of my time without depending on anyone or being a trouble to anybody in future. I train so I can enjoy more adventures, sports and hobbies pain-free! What about you? Why do you train? Is your training supporting your current lifestyle and future goals? Write a comment or chat me up! I would love to listen to your thoughts!
(Stay tuned for my next blog on my Muay Thai training camp in Pattaya!)
The best definition Dig Deep I think goes to UrbanDictionary.com : To find your inner strength. When you think you have nothing left to give in any strenuous situation, you dig deep and find it, that extra push, strength,or energy.