I’m coming off a brutal winter cold – one that really knocked me on my butt last week. Everything presented a struggle. I know I’m sick when nothing tastes yummy and just walking upstairs to lie down in bed feels like a challenge, but I listened to my body and rested for three days straight. Apparently that’s what I needed because by Friday I felt like an entirely new person, and even ventured out to a favorite local restaurant on Date Night for a cocktail and some good nibbles.
Saturday morning dawned bright and held promise for an unseasonably warm day, so I joined a few other “bells girls” for an outdoor workout on the local mountain. Having not worked out for a full week AT ALL, it proved one of the toughest 45 minutes for me since last September when I joined the group. As I gasped for air and glared at the ground before lying down for yet another burpee, Tim the Trainer recognized the signs of resignation and meandered over to me. Hands on his knees, he whispered in my ear.
“Don’t you quit. You’re almost there. Finish this workout.”
I’m telling you people, THAT is how it’s done. That is how you motivate people. It requires grace and class, and it’s effective because people respect you, and because you believe in the people you’re influencing. Whether you’re at work or play, in a high pressured business deal or listening to a friend, think about how you can motivate. It’s not with yelling, intimidation, or force. It’s by truly believing in a person, keeping it short and sweet by offering a few kind words of encouragement, then shutting the hell up. Let your words permeate their mind. Make THEM come to the realization on their own that yes – they really can do it.
I may have looked like a whale flopping on the shore gasping for air, but I finished, and it might be my proudest moment since I started working out last year. Not because of any personal bests or most calories burned or newfound tricks mastered, but simply because I finished.
Workouts like those leave me feeling accomplished thanks to the strides I’m making toward optimal health and wellness. Did I have a cocktail later that day? Hell yes – I had three. But you know what it inspired? Healthy treats in my mind that I’m executing upon this week. Take a peek at this gem:
In the longest name for an appetizer ever, I give you Sweet Potato Bites with Herbed Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans.