your professional vs physical performance - by Stride & Glory 🏆
The hard truth about how your performance at work is resulting in the decline in your fitness levels.
Carl Wakeford - Oct 022 2022
why your performance is increasing professionally but decreasing physically
If you’re reading this, I’m going to go ahead and make a few assumptions about you.
Firstly, you work pretty hard and have a job that can be quite demanding.
As demanding and often stressful as your job is, you are performing well (even if your own self-doubt might lead you to think otherwise on the odd occasion).
Despite your performance at work, however, you haven’t quite got the balance right and feel like you’re underachieving physically.
You have less and less time to work out, and the energy to do so just seems to be constantly diminishing. You may have even put on weight or noticed a drop in your fitness levels.
Alternatively, you could still be managing to keep up your fitness regime, despite constraints on your time, but it’s no longer a priority and you recognise that you’re not as physically fit as you once were.
Does this resonate with you?
I thought so.
Before I tell you how to turn this situation around, let me first introduce myself and explain why I know so much about the situation you’re in.
And don’t worry, I’m not going to sell you anything in this article…
My name is Carl, and I’m the founder of Stride & Glory, a fitness business which helps high achievers to build physical and mental resilience.
Not long ago I was working for KPMG, one of the four largest multinational financial services firms in the world, as a Chartered Accountant and auditor.
Back then, as stressful (and at times unfulfilling) as I found my job, I was performing pretty well.
Although I’ve always been a keen rugby player, gym goer, and runner, my physical abilities started to slip. I basically stopped going to the gym as much, especially during busy season as an auditor, it was a nightmare.
Shout out to all the auditors out there who’ve ever experienced a busy season – respect.
Over time, I started to gain weight, I noticed myself becoming less fit and it ultimately began to impact my mental health which in turn affects everything else in your life like your relationships.
Fortunately, that was a past version of myself. I’m now a full time running and resilience coach, online content creator, and fitness business owner.
…and I couldn’t be happier about it!
So, long story short, the reason I know about your current situation, is because I’ve faced it myself. As a coach, I’ve now helped so many other men and women experiencing the same issue too.
So, this is why I feel I’m qualified to give you the advice I’m about to give.
And without further ado, here are the reasons I have discovered as to why you are achieving professionally but underperforming physically, and more importantly what you can do to change it…
1 – You are not prioritising yourself
You’ve put in a long shift at work, completed that assignment, met that deadline, and got that validating nod of approval from your boss.
Congrats! You’re now quite understandably exhausted.
You’ve just expended all of your energy into your time at work.
As essential as this is for a healthy career, and as important as it is for an even healthier bank balance, it’s not healthy for your fitness.
It comes down to time management and discipline. Working on your fitness goals is your YOU time.
Not only that, but it makes you feel better about yourself, releases endorphins, and unlocks new levels of sexiness and feel good about yourself-ness that actually accelerates your career and all areas of your life.
Always prioritise your health and bringing your best self to work, because unfortunately, your company can replace you. So, don’t prioritise work at the expense of your health and fitness.
This leads us nicely into the next point…
2 – You haven’t set appropriate boundaries
Sometimes, it might not be that you’ve expended all of your energy at work that makes you feel so exhausted and unable to workout, it’s the fact that you didn’t even make any time for working out in your mental schedule.
Before the workday even began, you already knew that you’d likely not be going to the gym. And if you disagree with me on this, you’re making excuses for a best of intentions, worst of outcomes mindset.
I know you had a busy day, and I know you’re tired, but you still didn’t workout. This becomes a vicious cycle.
Imagine telling your boss that you didn’t produce a deliverable for the same reason. It just wouldn’t fly… So, why do you let it fly for yourself?
You need to set appropriate boundaries.
If you know you want to be in bed by a specific time, have eaten dinner, watched some TV, and spent time with your family or kids, then track backwards and factor in the time.
You don’t have to spend hours at the gym. You don’t even have to have a ‘good’ workout. You just need to go and prioritise the time.
Besides, in the world of remote work and an increased focus on mental wellbeing, blocking out an hour in your calendar each day during a less busy part of your day to get a workout in sets a fantastic example.
3 – You lack the required structure
Of the hundreds of professionals I have coached this is one of the most common reasons.
It’s not that you don’t have or can’t find the time, it’s that you lack a workout structure or timetable that enables you to be efficient and make the most of your time.
Without this, your workouts are ineffective, and you’re left questioning whether it was even worth it.
This is a super quick way to losing interest and becoming bored.
You therefore stop being consistent.
I recommend that you set yourself a training goal. Something to train for like running a 10k, half-marathon, or triathlon. You can then come to me for a free training plan (or join my coaching program for added accountability).
Worst case scenario you don’t do the actual event, but you’ve given yourself something to train for, and found a structure that gives your training purpose.
4 – You haven’t found a routine you enjoy
As a run coach, I help lots of beginners to become intermediate and sometimes even pro runners (one of my athletes called Brad just finished 9th out of 256 runners in his first ever 50km ultra… madness).
However, if you don’t like running for example, then don’t run!
You don’t have to do anything you don’t enjoy.
The key is to find something that you do enjoy, or you can see the benefits of doing, such that you know you can stick at it with a view to getting better over a long period of time.
Adopting this approach will drastically improve your chances of staying consistent and reduce your reliance on sporadic motivation.
5 - your goals aren't ambitious enough
This is a very common issue that I help pretty much all of my clients with.
They come to me with a goal, but then throughout the training process I quickly realise that they are far more capable than they initially thought.
I then help them by setting ambitious but achievable goals.
I encourage you to stop and think whether your goals are stretching you enough. If they're not, then this could be a simple fix.
Perhaps you're putting in the time, but if you're not training for something that is above your ability level, you will forever remain the same or decline if you're not consistent.
6 – You are resistant to new methods
Lastly, you continue to train in the exact same way you always have. You don’t seek fresh perspectives.
Just think about this for second, if the training routine you are familiar with has led you to reading this article, then clearly, it’s not working for you, and something needs to change…
Seek a new method!
There are millions of new and exciting ways to train that you will enjoy.
You can even consider getting a coach if you want that added level of accountability, or if you’re short on time and want to be as efficient as possible by removing all the guesswork.
*cough – Stride & Glory - cough*
One of my longest standing clients is called Ryan. He’s a Marketing Director who first came to me with a goal of setting healthy habits before the birth of his first child (who was born earlier this year and is called Noah, so cute!).
Well, it’s safe to say we worked on all of the reasons you’ve read in this article today, and Ryan has not only smashed his original goal, but has now finished his first ever marathon in 3 hours and 38 minutes… Oh, and he’s been promoted into a new role, what a coincidence!
He now wants me to train him for his first ever 70.3 Iron Man in 2023.
If you feel like the level of effort you put in at work isn’t translating across to your physical achievements, and it’s getting you down, then consider the five reasons we’ve discussed today.
Start prioritising yourself and stop making excuses for not doing so. Help yourself to do this by setting boundaries.
Adopt a training structure that eliminates uncertainty, any structure is better than no structure, and choose something that you enjoy doing and can commit to over a long period of time.
Lastly, seek a fresh perspective, and always look to challenge the way you do things, or seek help from someone with the experience to do this for you.
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