DadFit Tips to Be More Fit For Your Community
As a father of two little ones, I realize each day that small changes lead to big
turns to a word, then to a sentence, and then, in no time, to a longer sentence explaining why they don’t want to do something! This is similar to what happens in our communities and with our health. A small event occurs, then people may or may not act on it, which makes them either make some changes in their own lives and for those around them, or they stay stagnant.
differences over a long period of time. For example, a cute little baby’s coo
The principle of “small changes make big differences” applies to you and your community’s health.
This article gives you 3 tips on how to make small changes for the greater good of your health and those around you. These hopefully can kick start you into action to be a fitter dad or mom in your community.
3 Tips to Being More Fit For Your Community
- Be regular
- Don’t take yourself too seriously
- Take a step back to assess the end goal
In banking, making regular deposits helps build wealth. In your community, social capital also requires these same regular deposits. It’s not about referrals or leads, it’s about being real and trying to build community while meeting neighbors and listening to what they need. I recently joined some networking groups. It seems that the same realtors, insurance agents, event planners, and realtors show up every time. Yes, I listed realtors twice because second to personal trainers being everywhere, so are realtors. At one of these regular meetings, I felt like asking if anyone did anything outside of the work day. Everyone gave their two minute pitch about their business and that was that… I forgot almost all of their pitches because after about 6 of them, they all started to sound like a repeating pattern: financial guy, realtor, insurance agent, financial guy, realtor, insurance agent… However, the one I didn’t forget was the guy who said, “I sell coffins for a living.” He actually made me think, and thus remember what he does.
Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
It is simple. A coffin, everyone needs it, but nobody talks about it until it’s needed. People are so into making an immediate referral or lead, they forget what life and community are about and most importantly, they forget to balance their health and family. Here’s my unsolicited two cents: Ditch the collared shirt and the preconceived look of your “business.” We live in Colorado and you can’t take it with you when you’re gone. (If you read this in another state- take some advice from Colorado, we are laid back sometimes, but also know when it’s appropriate to dress up.) The collared shirt is more than an item of dress, to some; it is a tool to show that you take yourself seriously. A tie is an even bigger tool, but a jacket and tie- wow! You must be REALLY important and serious. As a side note: One of the best doctors I ever met and visited wore jeans, had an ivy league degree, listened to my lifestyle before prescribing his advice, and even asked if I wanted to go climbing with him. Back to my point, try going to a networking event without your collared shirt and dress like a fitness professional, even if you are a realtor or financial advisor. Wear a t-shirt and workout pants to see how people respond. Is it different?
At the end of the day, what you do is just that, what you do. Who you are starts a new sentence, on purpose. Do you want to be remembered as the person who blew off meetings because you were too busy, do you want to be known as a fitness expert who ate donuts, or the insurance guy that was a high risk, or the realtor who can’t sell houses? No! You want to be known for what you do best. These traits come from within you. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and maybe ditch the collared shirt. Do something for the community and work with others to make things happen, in a t-shirt!
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Take a Step Back to Assess the End Goal
What is your end goal? Are you trying to build community, have your kids look up to you, make more money, make people happier, or just fulfill an ego need? As Steven Covey said, “begin with the end in mind.”
This is my final point.
If you don’t know where you are going, how can you get there? Have a goal, and create a personal mission statement that you apply to your business. Not vice versa. You are what you bring to your community. You are the social capital that you invest in your community. Take a minute to listen and maybe understand where someone is coming from, and then ask how can I help? Keep a service mindset as you try to help build and provide service for your community. If you sell products, align yourself back with your personal mission, does your product align with your values, or are you selling something just to make “a living.” Take a step back and write an Owner’s Manual about yourself. Your “manual” can help others succeed and reach their goals, while also leaving a better impact on your community.
In Summary- Be Fitter for Your Community and It Will Talk Back
Whether you are reading this as health enthusiast, a business owner, a community leader, or just a parent, there are some salient points here for everyone. Make small regular deposits to your health and the health of your community. Ditch the collared shirt, and think of your end goal.
The bottom line is to build a community where you are, as you are. Try not to mix what you do with who you are. Ask yourself, “What do I want to be known for?” Then, talk to your community and make yourself happy being who you are. Don’t have any doubts, your community will talk back!
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