I read once that the average doctor are so busy that the “half-life” of their education is around ten years. In other words – ten years after graduation, they only remember half of the information they knew at graduation – and are essentially only half as “qualified”. Part of that is just forgetting or not reviewing material, part of that is not knowing it in the first place, and part of that is that the field changes constantly and if they are very busy – the just can’t keep current.
We’re in the same position. You come back from a seminar and you put your notes away, and suddenly it’s been three months and you haven’t even picked them up again.
As far as re-reading – I think it makes sense to review old books and DVD’s at least once a year. Make notes in them the first time and you can at the very least review your notes.
It’s actually shocking how much stuff that you miss the first time around. (One of my personal goals this year is to re-read one book I already own, for every new book I buy).
But the real key is – are you sharpening your own tools and attending seminars and reading books? Do you have a business coach who helps you with the vision and implementation of your business ( this is something a lot of people are lacking)? Are you involved in a coaching group or mastermind?
Are you retaining information and growing – or are you forgetting? It’s a constant flux – either more material is getting in and you’re growing, or no more material is getting in, and you’re shrinking.
You need to mastermind those who attract wealth, not those who attract poverty.
Statistically, your income will become the average of that of the 5 people you hang around the most.
The definition of “mastermind” from Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is “an alliance of 2 or more mind that create a friendly environment to gather , classify and organize new information for fast and effective implementation. You can’t do it by yourself.
7 benefits you get from Masterminding:
1. Brainstorming with likeminded thinkers and achievers.
2. Being listened to and helped.
3. Being motivated and challenged.
4. You’re accepted.
5. You’re recognized for your achievements.
6. You have a safe environment to share information.
7. Fresh eyes and objectivity.
It’s a good rule to review material you already have regularly as well as study new material and be involved in a coaching group or mastermind.
Q: This weekend I got on a scale at a friend’s house (I don’t own one) and much to my disappointment, the numbers haven’t budged all that much since my last weigh in several months ago. Now, my clothes fit better, I’m in better shape than I’ve perhaps EVER been in, I know muscle weighs more than fat, I look GREAT, etc…but those numbers scream overweight to me. They make me feel like I’ve made no progress at all
A: First off – your clothes “fit better”, you’re “in better shape than you’ve ever been in” and you “look GREAT”… but you’re disappointed solely because the bathroom scale didn’t go down “All that much”?
Here’s something we tell clients (thanks to Chris Shugart for the inspiration):
If we had a magic fat loss machine — that you stepped in and pushed a button and you came out looking EXACTLY how you’ve always dreamed of looking and feeling – the exact dress or pant size you wanted, with the definition and muscle tone you want, at the bodyfat percentage you want – you can see your abs (if that’s what you want) etc etc.
Would you be interested? Of course you would!!
But what if the side effect of the fat loss machine is that it increased bone density and muscle density by 100%. So while you looked and felt better than you’ve ever felt before — the scale is 20, 30 or even 50lbs higher than it’s ever been. So for example a 150lb-er would come out looking amazing, but weighing 170, 180 or even 200lbs…
Would that number on the scale make you not want the other results?
Now what if the machine did the reverse – you look exactly the same as you’ve always done, but you’d weigh 50lbs less? Would you be happy with that? Probably not right?
Just understand that how you look and feel, and how much you weigh are not necessarily related at all.
If you add ten pounds of muscle and lose ten pounds of fat — you’re going to look like you lost at least 20lbs.
But the scale won’t move.
There has been a lot of talk recently about “overtraining” and “over-reaching”. For the purposes of my wee blog I’m not going to get into definitions but let’s define it as some form of additional work that results in a regression as opposed to progression.
I think when regression occurs in training we are quick to point the finger at too much training volume — but there are other factors that we may be ignoring.
I think the body cannot differentiate between stresses — it’s all just a physiological LOAD on the body. Think about it as different taps (stressors) that are pouring into the same tub (the body). It’s not what “taps” are open, it’s how much water is in the tub! Your body can’t differentiate between physical stress and any other type of stress.
If you are having financial difficulties, relationship issues, college finals, family illness all at the same time — a twice a day intense training routine is more likely to “break” you than if everything else in your life was great. And if you think about it — it’s the only such stress that you can totally control.
It’s important to look at the body as a whole. If a client is sick — some of their resources have to go to fighting off the illness, so their ability to train is reduced. Most coaches understand that.
I believe it’s the same when other factors (money, relationships, career) are taken into account.
In my experience – any clients with high stress in their life respond better to higher intensity, lower volume routines. Volume seems to be the key norm in controlling “overtraining”.
I’ve seen advances in the field to address “Readiness” recently – heart rate variability, and several questionnaires that include things like – sleep quality, mood, appetite, soreness, facial freshness, desire to train etc on a scale of 1-5.
Low scores (either with HRV or a questionnaire) shows that your body is not ready for heavy workouts.
It’s just a monitoring system — but in my experience most coaches pay almost ZERO attention to recovery issues, and almost 100% to training issues.
But you don’t get better by training — you get better by RECOVERING FROM training.
When I think about it – any of my elite guys who have had recovery issues in training usually have had a ton of other things going on (in particular I can remember one guy’s poundages going in the tank when he and his wife were going through fertility treatment – the only thing that changed in his life).
However at the general public level I tend to see guys do too much work for their results. I could probably eliminate almost 40% of the average guys program and see no drop off in results.
Are they overtraining as most are trying to define it ? No – but they are doing too much training to achieve their results and thereby limiting training effectiveness. This tends to be a bigger key actually.
Looking at training volume in relation to results is a useful tool. But you have to consider all the other stresses going on at the same time. It’s not just how many sets or reps you are doing — it’s the entire volume of “Stress” that your body is undergoing.