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Couch to 5K Your Professional Goals

Written by Guest Blogger June 10, 2014

Couch to 5K Your Professional Goals

Couch to 5K Your Professional Goals

For those that know me, you know that one of my passions is working out. I LOVE it. It is what I do to socialize, to be healthy, to relieve stress, and to have fun. What you may not know is that I did not grow up as an athlete… at all.

There were things that I always wanted to do.

I wanted to get in shape. I always wanted to run a 5k. I wanted to teach a fitness class. I even wanted to participate in one of those crazy mud-run obstacle courses. I always wanted to do these things, I just never took the initiative.

Until about three years ago.

That’s when I started to set goals for myself.

It started with just one goal: make it to the gym three times a week. That is it. Guess what I did?

Eventually, other goals followed, and as I noticed the success in my personal life from setting goals, I began to apply the same mentality to my professional life. I realized that I had to take the initiative to increase my skill set.

I had to step out of my comfort zone in order to excel in business.

One thing that I have always struggled with is public speaking. I always got really nervous. To the point that I did not even like to speak up in a group discussion. With coaching and support from the Dragon Lady herself, Ellen Didier, it has become a part of my business process. It was not easy to begin with, but I did it.  

My advice to you is to train your weaknesses.

That being said, take that one thing that you hate - cold calling, public speaking, presentations, new computer software - and do it. I trained my weakness in the following way:

  • Get a coach - It made all the difference in the world for me, and will for you, too.
  • Research techniques - Find out what others are doing to improve this particular skill.
  • Practice – A lot.
  • Start small - I could easily be overwhelmed, but I started speaking in front of just Dragon Lady. Then I expanded to a group of five, etc.

Oh, and by the way, I ran that 5k. I am now a certified Les Mills Bodypump and CxWorx instructor. I completed the Spartan Sprint Obstacle race which marks my fourth mud run obstacle course. And I was called an athlete by my coach (I was pretty proud of that one).

“This journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."-Lao Tzu

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