As I was watching a workout DVD this morning (yep, I said watching, my daughter thinks that they are totally hilarious!) I started thinking about what an issue people's weight has become in society today, and how much emphasis is placed on our physical appearances. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. What you weigh has a exceptionally important effect on your business dealings, it can dictate if you are successful or not and it affects everything you do.
I know that right now there are some of you that are heating tar and ripping open pillows while grabbing your nooses and pitch forks to lynch this smart mouthed blond. . . But please just hang on a second!
I know that people's weight is a very personal and sensitive issue, so let me just say this: I have been there. I've been overweight and I have been underweight at various points in my life and neither is a lot of fun. It's a lot like having a huge pink elephant in your living room, no one wants to talk about it because they don't know what to say and it's all just so completely awkward. But the truth of the matter is this: Your weight may be affecting your business negatively.
And think about this: Weight goes both ways. Being underweight can be just as bad as being overweight. The real estate industry is demanding and very competitive, we work hard for everything we get. Long hours, fast food and letting the little things slide can pile up on us until we don't know which way is up and we feel like we are drowning in our bad habits. Well, take a big breath and take a minute to honestly evaluate your habits.
Do you hate showing houses with stairs because you know that by the time you hit the top you would be out of breath?
Have you ever been late for an appointment because you literally had nothing to wear? Because nothing you owned fit properly?
Have you ever had to stop an appointment to eat a little something else or because you felt like you were going to pass out from not eating that day?
Are you happy with the way you look and feel?
Do you feel healthy?
Do you work out? How often? (And NO, walking to the fridge and back, or bending over to put on your shoes does not count!)
Do you smoke? Drink excessively?
Do you eat vegetables on a daily basis? (You would be amazed how many people don't!)
These are just a few of the important things you need to evaluate, but since we are all adults here I'm not going to list them for you, because you already know what they are.
All of us need a reality check once in awhile, and it's much better coming from yourself than from a client. What you are working towards is not becoming a Barbie or Ken (plastic is so not attractive, besides, little fitness clones are annoying and boring), but becoming the best version of yourself you can be. When you reach that level of "happy with yourself" you will find that life, business and everything in general goes much smoother. It's about being effective and on point. It's about being able to physically keep up and offer the best service to your customers.
Here are a couple of ideas to get you started . . . . then I promise I'll shut my overly smart mouth! ;)
Ask For Help! There is no shame whatsoever in asking for help when you need it. I'm sure that one of your friends, or even coworkers, would LOVE to call and remind you to work out. Or they might even be looking for a work out buddy. It never hurts to ask and you just might find that there was a beautiful friendship waiting to happen as well.
Start Small. No one expects you to turn into Jackie Chan overnight. (The man is awesome though!) Remember that whatever you are shooting for requires planning and realistic goal setting to get there. Expecting to lose 20 pounds in a month is not realistic. Planning and working toward losing 20 pounds and keeping it off over three months is much more realistic. Just remember to account for human nature and for life happening. No one is perfect, and we should not try to hold ourselves to the standards that others have set. It's not fair to us or to them.
Keep on Going. My father-in-law runs marathons (the man is 55 and amazing...if slightly crazy for running so much voluntarily) and recently introduced me to the term "The Wall". It is a point in the marathon that comes around mile 20 where you feel like you just can't take another step, let alone run one. You have to keep going, to keep pushing yourself if you are going to make it to the end. Life is just the same, you have to keep pushing and fight for what you want. Remember when you want to quit the most, this is all for you.
Reward Your Efforts. Besides looking and feeling your best it helps me a ton to have something I want being dangled like the proverbial carrot before the horse. This month it's a pair of jeans I want, it has nothing to do with the size, it's not about size. It's about the feeling I get every time I wear those jean, because I will remember the effort it took to earn them, I will remember all the things I had to accomplish to own them. Every time I look at those jeans it will be a tangible reminder of what I can do if I put my mind to it. So go on and pick out your "jeans". Then give it all you have got!
OK, I'm officially done now. Just remember to take pride in who you are and in what you have already accomplished. You are amazing and you can do this!