How do you avoid burn-out in a small town?
Fitness professionals fight the battle of the bulge and negativity every day. Negativity can get extremely taxing and degrade your ability to motivate if you're exposed too long. How do you break free if you're in a small town with few fitness positive individuals in your community?
Here is some food for thought...
If you don't want to change your circumstance because you love your community, I encourage you to apply the words Peter Davis shared with us at the IDEA Convention. He said...
BE THE CHANGE.
The only way we can be the change is by surrounding ourselves with people who value what we value.
One thing that I thought was amazing when I was at the convention was the amount of people who traveled from different parts of California in order to be at the convention. Perhaps this is something you might consider. At IDEA World we are all surrounded by folks who value what we value.
The IDEA World Convention is designed to inspire us, renew us, invigorate us, so that we can share our newly acquired knowledge to others within our community. I hope you decide to come one year. If not IDEA World another event where you can be surrounded by people who share your same values.
I do hope this is of help to you.
Every time I look at something, I make a conscious decision of what aspect I want to look at. I found that there is always something positive, and that's where I give my attention to.
If I feel myself surrounded by negativity, I picture myself in a bubble of positive energy, and I do not allow negativity to penetrate it. That does not mean that I am not aware of it but I decide not to make at a part of my person.
I look for positive individuals to surround myself with, and I noticed that people sometimes give my way of looking at things a chance. They usually find that they are much happier for it.
One last thing I apply with great energy: I do not gripe about things that are beyond my personal control. If I can change things, I'll try and give it my best effort. If I cannot change the external circumstances, I try to change my attitude about it.
This is probably as generic an answer as it gets but it works for me in any situation. It was the path I decided to trod, and I will hope that you will find one that works equally well for you.
I recommend taking one or two months off per year for travel or vacation. You have to leave home to make this work, simple taking time off at home will not help in the same way. I travel to other countries and have established a client base in those countries. I work with other fitness professionals and enthusiasts. I help them recharge and learn new things and they do the same for me.
Even if it is just doing nothing during your time away, your brain will reboot and find new solutions to old problems. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Whether you are in a small town or a large town, our challenges are similar.
Phil Carpenter Lee
LightSpeed Fitness, Inc.