Exercise and Productivity - Personal development notes #3
Again, I would like to remind you that these notes are about becoming a better you so you can become a better salesperson. Influence and persuasion may not be entirely dependent on image, but feeling good about yourself is essential to confidence, and confidence is vital to the endeavour of persuasion.
"A lot of times when people are fatigued the last thing they want to do is exercise," said Professor Patrick O'Connor, co-director of the UGA Exercise Psychology Laboratory. "But if you're physically inactive and fatigued, being just a bit more active will help."
It seems necessary to me to present the following as my experience of going back to physical exercise after a hiatus of almost a year. The reasons for my time away from training, not only in Muay Thai but in other sport disciplines like trampoline and acrobatics, which once were so valuable to my lifestyle and emotional wellbeing, seem now like mere excuses of a lazy body. In contrast, I understand many of the reasons we offer for avoiding the gym seem valid, and it is important to classify these excuses in a proper scale of relevance.
For example, it may be the consensus that education should take priority over any other undertaking in a person's life, given the right circumstances. We can also agree that a social dimension is essential to a healthy existence, or that a personal income can help to acquire training possibilities in the way of providing funds to pay for tuition. These are the notions I allowed to prevent me from getting to the gym, but even this confession appears to me now embellished. In retrospect, physical exercise could have taken place anywhere if the intention were present.
Excuses are a regular occurrence in life. During my many years in high-rise office buildings and complex dormitories; taking the stairs or walking out for lunch break could have made a significant difference in my overall fitness level. The choice at the time was simple, and today it is merely silly: I had things to do, and I had to do them fast, once I did them, I was tired, and I needed to rest because there would be more "things" to do tomorrow.
There isn't much one can do in terms of changing the past but I can, and will take it upon myself to warn against this thinking trap. It is known to science if perhaps not to common sense that a consistent amount of physical activity at specific intervals throughout the day can increase energy levels, and consequently, improve productivity. As Clair Bates of the Daily Mail writes "Everyone knows exercise increases your fitness levels by making the muscles more resistant to fatigue. Now scientists have found a regular gym session could sharpen the mind in the same way."
In my ambition, I had overlooked something that could have helped me achieve more, and do better in every aspect of my personal life and career. It isn't easy to admit this today, but in light of accountability, I come before you as a born-again- athlete. This process of rebirth was gradual; it had to be because it needed reframing of my mind to be completed. I had to start looking at the outcome of the process of exercising and measure it against the effort required of me. The preponderance of evidence pointed to one logical conclusion, which made the paradox much clearer than it had been before: I am tired because I have not done enough of the right activity.
It is a challenging mental process, and I must thank many of the people around me for helping me go through it. I want to extend a special mention to my nephew, greatest friend, and now business partner, Xander Ellis, for his invaluable assistance and his patience while helping me break bad habits.
I agree that some of these changes in attitude can be difficult, but they are required; they are a prerequisite to adequate productivity levels. It is no coincidence that some of the most outstanding achievers I know count physical exercise as part of their daily routine.
Keep getting better so you can sell better.
Note: Parts of this article have been edited to reflect present circumstances.