“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.” — Og Mandino For this reason, you MUST execute each and every training session as if it were in Olympic Competition and you were going for the GOLD! Mediocrity is as common as sand, excellence is as rare as gold, but while sand and gold have no choice in how they exist, you do. You can choose a life of mediocrity, or you can choose a life of excellence by consistent, relentless and organized training and continuously striving for excellence. Decide on a life of excellence and you will discover fulfillment: mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, professionally, and financially. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step.” — Confucius The first and most important step is: PLANNING! You could plan to run four marathons this year, do 100 push-ups every night and lift weights 6 days a week. But the first and most important exercise you will ever perform is to pick up a pen and start writing your goals and resolutions. Most people plan to fail because they fail to plan. Most people fail to spend the time writing down their goals and end up wasting their time, wandering aimlessly through life. Everyone has dreams, but they remain dreams because they never plan their work or work their plan. One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result. Reflect back on what you have accomplished. Has the past year brought you closer to your dreams? Do you want to be in the same place at the end of next year or do you want to be in a better place? Some say, You are where you are supposed to be. Some say, You are where you want to be. Where do you want to be? What do you want to become? Who do you want to become? What are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve your goals?
Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
You will become what you WILL yourself to become. You will achieve only what you are willing to work hard to attain. You will achieve your goals by continuous, relentless and organized training and continuously striving for excellence. Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work. You hold in your hands the greatest book ever written for the scope of practice of a Personal Fitness Trainer. It is a valuable tome containing the precise knowledge, skills and abilities you need to become a highly successful IFPA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, but it is not enough to simply read this book. It is impossible for you to master all the knowledge, skills and abilities, secrets and wisdom contained in these pages in just one reading. You must dedicate yourself to disciplined, focused study of this tome. Your continuous, relentless, organized training and continuous striving for excellence in the application of your study will make you a Master of Your Craft! Many people look for the smallest possible effort to meet the minimum level of competency of a task and they often fail to achieve that menial goal. They are common. Fortunately for all mankind, there are the rare few that seek the highest possible level of achievement and strive to maximize all their God-given talents! And not merely for fame, wealth and/or glory. They choose to climb the highest mountain, not to be stuck in a rut. They choose to soar with eagles, not sit with turkeys. They choose to truly live, not merely exist. “Every man dies, not every man ever truly lives.” — Mel Gibson as William Wallace in the movie Braveheart Your attitude should be the same whether you are an IFPA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer or a street sweeper. “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” — Dr. Martin Luther King However, street sweepers are not responsible for the fitness, health and medical welfare of a client to be trained, YOU ARE! Your clients will come to you for the power you have to transform their lives. This is a very serious responsibility. You must master the knowledge, skills and abilities provided in this text in order to train your clients, safely and effectively. The IFPA text, study guide, videos and certification course and examination have all been developed to achieve that goal, but it is up to you to put forth the requisite time, effort and energy to master these skills. Read the Manual. Study the Manual. Learn the Manual. Memorize the most critical parts of the Manual: when to call 911, signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease, safety guidelines, Key Teaching Points, etc. PLAN to review the manual daily with special attention to the most critical information. You will do this daily by simply giving up a 60-minute TV show (that includes 22 minutes of commercial interruption in the 60-minute period). This process will continue and expand to include your next learning adventure. Your next learning adventure should be planned to take you closer to achieving your goals. If your goal is to specialize your fitness profession on children, you should enroll in the IFPA Youth Fitness Instructor Certification Course. If your goal is to train athletes, you should enroll in the IFPA Sports Conditioning Specialist Certification Course. If your goal is to increase the number of people you can motivate to begin and maintain your fitness programs, you should enroll in the IFPA Fitness Consulting Specialist Certification Course. The IFPA has 60 Certification Courses and over 100 Continuing Education Credit (CEC) Courses available to help you with all your professional goals. Take advantage of this benefit offered to you by the IFPA. YES! This is an opportunity for YOU! And once again, it is dressed in overalls and looks like work, but your opportunities for success, achievement and professional growth dramatically increase from the knowledge, skills and abilities you can learn as well as the IFPA Certification credentials you earn. Will it be Sand or Gold? Will it be Mediocrity or Excellence? Will it be Common or Master of Your Craft? I do not choose to be a common man, it is my right to be uncommon if I can. I seek opportunity, not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk, to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to a guaranteed existence, the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of Utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence, nor dignity for a handout. It is my heritage to think and to act for myself, to enjoy the benefits of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say: With Gods help, this I have done. Dream big! Make your Plan! Work your Plan! Strive for Excellence! Become a Master of your Craft! Become a Master of your Destiny!