I have been reading with more than a passive interest James' new practice development blog, Practice Fitness. James is applying fitness lessons he learned as a nationally-ranked bodybuilder to practice development challenges. So far, the feedback on his blog has been tremendous.
Well ... not to be making excuses, but the truth is, LIFE happened. An illness. An injury. A death in the family. A new romance. A wedding. A honeymoon. The world made a few revolutions and the next thing you know I need a new suit!
Maybe the story of your practice is a lot the same? A few years ago everything seemed to be going so well. And then the world turned, a recession hit, the estate tax (temporarily) disappeared and suddenly ... your practice is just not quite as fit as it once was?
I know one of my mistakes was a bit of over-confidence, maybe even arrogance. When I was running 12 miles on a Sunday afternoon, and 7 or 8 miles most weekdays, I could eat virtually anything I wanted. I had a personal trainer and in addition to my running schedule, I was lifting weights and feeling ... perhaps a bit invincible? Did I really think I could continue eating pizza and drinking beer while I was sidelined with a hip injury? Of course not. The truth is, I guess I just didn't think about it. I really didn't want to.
You may feel the same way about your practice. Maybe you don't want to step on the scale and face the music? Maybe you think that if you just keep your head in the sand a little longer, you'll wake up one day and things will be right again.
Well, let me give you a wake-up call. It doesn't work that way. Every day that you avoid the scale is a day you are NOT getting better, more fit -- financially or physically.
Fortunately for both of us, James is offering up some terrific advice on his blog. I've asked him to help whip me into shape, and let me just say that it's not particularly fun. I had to step on the scale (ugh!). I had to carve out 45 minutes EVERY day for cardio. I had to cut out the pizza, the ice cream and the beer. I had to change my eating. In short, I had to get a plan for ESSENTIAL fitness, and start following it.
I've stuck with the program now for two weeks. And Dang! I'm still not thin and fit like I used to be! You see, that's the other side of the fitness story. Whether it's physical or practice fitness -- getting in shape takes time and consistent effort. You don't get there just by running twice around the track ... or by sending out one newsletter. You have to put all of the ESSENTIAL components together, and then you have to keep working at it every day.
So far, I'm down five pounds! And the best part is, I know I'm finally back on the right track.