Functional Training Zones

Too Busy To Get Better

by Mike Boyle

Lately I've been too busy to get better. What does that mean? It means I've neglected my continuing ed. I'm lucky, I love to read so I can get a lot of continuing education from a book or audio program. However, there is nothing like immersing yourself in a weekend seminar to really get the intellectual juices flowing. This year, because of coaching commitments, I have attended the least amount of live education in my career. One goal for next year is to fix that.

Ask yourself if you are too busy to get better. I think many coaches are. I frequently see coaches fall years behind in their knowledge because they feel guilty about taking a few days away from the weightroom . In fact, I hear coaches say this all the time. "I was going to go to that seminar but we had workouts that day ".  Trust me, we all have workouts.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting the results to change. Are you insane? Do you want better performances or less injuries but yet you keep doing the same workouts year in and year out?

Don't be too busy to get better and don't make your staff too busy to get better. Make a commitment to continuing education. Attend at least two seminars a year. I'll give you two can't miss recommendations right now. Take an FMS course and attend a Perform Better Summit. Remember, in order to get better continuing education must trump workouts at least twice a year.

Steven Covey calls this process Sharpening the Saw in one of my favorite books Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Take time to sharpen your saw and make sure your staff sharpens. Remember we must lead by example.

One thing we have done at MBSC is to bring in speakers. Our staff has gotten too large so we can save money and time by having our own mini-seminars. If you really are pressed for time, think about bringing in the person you want to hear to your facility on your down time. I have done this numerous times over the years and have made great friends and had great learning experiences. In any case, don't be too busy to get better.

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