Are You Too Busy to Get Better?


Lately I’ve been too busy to get better. What does that mean? It means I’ve neglected my continuing ed. I’m lucky, I love to read so I can get a lot of continuing education from a book or audio program. However there is nothing like immersing yourself in a weekend seminar to really get the intellectual juices flowing. This year because of coaching commitments I have attended the least amount of live education in my career. One goal for next year is to fix that.

Ask yourself if you are too busy to get better. I think many coaches are. I frequently see coaches fall years behind in their knowledge because they feel guilty about taking a few days away from the weightroom . In fact, I hear coaches say this all the time. “I was going to go to that seminar but we had workouts that day “.  Trust me, we all have workouts.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting the results to change. Are you insane? Do you want better performances or less injuries but yet you keep doing the same workouts year in and year out?

Don’t be too busy to get better and don’t make your staff too busy to get better. Make a commitment to continuing education. Attend at least two seminars a year. I’ll give you two can’t miss recommendations right now. Take an FMS course and attend a Perform Better Summit. Remember in order to get better continuing education must trump workouts at least twice a year.

Steven Covey calls this process Sharpening the Saw in one of my favorite books Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Take time to sharpen your saw and make sure your staff sharpens. Remember we must lead by example.

Next weekend is the MBSC Winter Seminar featuring myself and Bill Knowles. We’ll also have MBSC staff members Kevin Carr and Brendon Rearick lecturing and Steve Bunker, Sam Dadd and Ana Tocco doing hands-on.

Will you be too busy to get better next week? Register here for the MBSC Winter Seminar on Saturday January 18th.

3 Responses to “Are You Too Busy to Get Better?”

  1. Thats really true what you have said ” are we to busy to get better”
    I believe also in sometimes taking the time off our busy time frame to take some time to get better in personal development in the fitness industry.

  2. […] Are You Too Busy to Get Better by Michael Boyle […]

  3. Thanks so much! This is so true to keep us effective as fitness professionals.

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