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Mar 28, 2018

So today I returned to my kickboxing class.

I’ve been out of it for a few weeks. And there was a change coming today. Humans, in general, don’t like change – and even when change is good, it can cause an initial negative reaction for most anyone.

Our regular instructor which everyone knows and loves has gone to pursue his passion. There is a new instructor and my wife has attended a few of his other classes, and she has said that the workouts are great – just different. Part of the reason my wife was bracing me for class today, is because she knows that I get in a groove of who is teaching, what we are doing, and why we are there, and what I want to get out of the class. Her concern was that I would not be a fan.

Times are changing!

As I thought about the class this morning – I had heard of some changes taking place – and I was a bit pre-determined to be cranky about kickboxing class.

Then I came to this realization. I’m not a competitive kickboxer. I’m not a competitive martial artist. I know that may come as a surprise to some… LOL. So, what I was really doing, was showing up to class to be in better shape. That was the real goal, and I asked myself that question, “So… What am I trying to get out of class today?” A good workout.

Once I said that to myself, I had no expectation other than a good workout. I didn’t have to compare the current instructor to the previous instructor. I didn’t have to question methods, or think that the “new guy” would do something “wrong” – wrong was only based on a comparison. And once I had eliminated the comparison and just wanted a good workout, it helped guarantee a positive and winning class.

Are you doing that in your daily life? Comparing people to one another? Comparing experiences – like today to yesterday? I’ve said many times to my kids – “LEARN FROM THE PAST, DON’T LIVE THERE!” So what did you learn yesterday that you can bring forward and create a win for today?

For example in sales. Sometimes, our struggle is that we show up and say, “I really NEED to sell a car (or product) today!” There is a deeper meaning – what does the sale produce for us – more ranking or status? More income? A better way to provide? Continued employment? The thrill of the sale is excellent. Selling a car (or product) a day is great, but there is more to it than that. I encourage you to also look at why you are doing what you are doing. What is it that drives you?

Ask yourself when you go to approach a task, what am I trying to get out of this? At the core? What am I trying to get out of today? 

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