Readiness

Today I presented a Renovate Your Body (RYB) seminar at my Gym. We had fun, raised some money for a great kid and covered a lot of theoretical ground. For the most part, the audience was engaged, connected and interested. Possibly even motivated. But not everyone. There were a few who looked as though they may have been dragged along at gun point. As a presenter, it’s easy to spot the ‘I’m not ready to change and you can’t teach me anything anyway’, brigade.

There are always a few.

All I can do for my audience is teach, coach, inspire, educate and encourage. What I can’t do, is change anyone. The only person I can change is me. Sure, I can influence others but ultimately, the power, impact and value of my words will come down the hearer’s ability to acknowledge what’s relevant and then apply it practically.

To turn my theory into their reality.

When it comes to the challenge of transforming our life in a positive, practical and permanent manner, most of us are educated enough, smart enough, talented enough, resourceful enough and good enough. We have what it takes to create radical change but sadly, some of us are simply not ready enough. Ready to get uncomfortable. Ready to face our fears. Ready to make the tough decisions. To be brutally honest. To let go of our security blanket. To let go of our destructive relationships. To learn new things. Unlearn old ones.

To turn our knowing into doing.

As ‘works in progress’ (that’s most of us isn’t it?), we can absorb educational, inspirational and motivational theory until we’re blue in the face but unless we’re genuinely ready to roll up our sleeves and do what success demands, it’s all just worthless information and cerebral clutter.

I hope the folded arms brigade will open up soon. :)

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Matt April 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm

After attending this morning, I soon forgot about all the effort and pain of rolling out of bed early to make it and be an audience member (and more some). Everything you said I’m quite sure was no surprise to most people, but most people are constantly waiting, or are not dedicating enough to do what success requires. Total commitment.

I’m putting the whole ‘need or want’ trick into practice and will maintain it for the next 6 months, I want change, that’s the bottom line. Lucky I had been practising my pushups with a trainer, once upon a time I couldn’t have done that :)

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Craig April 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Good push-ups today Matt! :)

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Vin. April 28, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Not only open up soon, but Pull their Fingers Out. :-)

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Craig April 28, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Pull Your Finger Out…. hmmm, what if…. nah. :)

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Suzie April 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I attended your seminar today with two friends. Between us we have lost about 100kg but that doesn’t mean our journeys are over. All of us have recently been feeling a little lost in the wilderness and trying to work out what the next step is. We’ve all built good exercise habits but over time diets have gone a little off target. After the seminar we had a long talk over breakfast and reinvigorated ourselves. Some of your key messages of non- negotiables and making choices really resonated. I am sure I can come back here on Oct 28th and tell you that we are closer to our goals.
On a personal front I have a very busy and stressful job and I had a light bulb moment today when I realised that it is my choice to stay in that job so it’s time to quit whining about it and suck up my choice :)
Thanks Craig!!

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Craig April 28, 2013 at 10:12 pm

You’re welcome Suzie… :)

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sue April 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Hi craig…i had my arms folded…i was cold! ;) i loved your presentation regardless.

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Craig April 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Are you sure Sue?… Just kidding. ;)

There were lots of engaged people who also had their arms folded… .:)

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Sue April 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Yeeeessssss Im sure Craig..next time I’ll dress for the snow. ha see you another time.

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Diana April 28, 2013 at 10:07 pm

How great are light bulb moments….. Well done.
The cross armed ppl….. Body language how it reflects the person you are….another article for you to provide your thoughts on ?
Congrats on today’s seminar Craig.
Cheers

D

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Craig April 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Thanks Diana :)

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Sulagna-Love in India April 29, 2013 at 1:32 am

The knowing vs doing? Great stuff as always Craig.

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Cheryl April 29, 2013 at 6:09 am

You certainly hit the proverbial “nail-on-the-head”! I was in a setting Sat. where there were a whole group of people taking in information re. food, nutrition, media, choices, ETC. As I chatted w/ one individual, I found that every time I offered an idea, suggestion, possibility, she presented an “argument” indicating ultimately her basic desire to maintain the status quo. In other words, she isn’t ready to change. She doesn’t want to do the work… yet.
Your words encourage me as to my limitations in helping others. I can’t make the changes for them. But I can coach, encourage, inspire, etc.

…Are your blogs copyrighted? In other words, I have a private blog w/ a number of friends who can read if they choose. You put it so perfectly. I don’t think I can improve on your presentation here. I would give full credit and link to this blog for anyone reading.

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Anonyfem April 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

Unfortunately, most people need an ‘epiphany’ to get from thinking about doing something to actually doing something about it. You had yours Craig, I had mine when I saw myself clearly, 20 years from now in the body of an obese, old too young woman struggling to get herself and her sticks onto a tram. For others it may be a health scare.
The ‘folded arm brigade’ have your message in their heads, they may not have been ready to hear it yesterday, but when they have their epiphanies your message will become meaningful for them.
As for me, I know yesterday that you were mainly talking about renovating the body, but the message applies equally well I think to renovating my life. I know that by October 28 my body will be different to what it is today. I hope that my life will also be different, especially in relation to my business, but I know that there is only one person that can make that change – me, oh and my friend, Discomfort!

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Alison April 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

I was there on Sunday morning, and enjoyed the whole presentation. Some of the things you discussed Craig really resonated with me – I have just started training again after a couple of years off, using a knee operation (and work, and a child and, and, and…). as an excuse to sit down and stay comfortable. Listening to you made me realise what I need to do for myself and take responsibility (all so simple, yet appeared to have escaped me!) – my trainer will have a much more motivated, aware person turn up today… and from now on… will be tucking into your new book this week. One another point – I bumped into my sister who I haven’t seen for months and lives quite a distance away at your presentation …. we caught up for coffee afterwards, Sunday was a great day all round :) Thanks Craig!

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Mary April 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I admit to being one of those that know what to do but don’t do it! But not any more!
Thank you for such an inspiring and motivating session. I came home totally exhilarated and so ready to hit the trail again. This time it will be a start and NO stop! Thanks again!
ps. What an amazing and inspiring young lady Issy is!

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chebbieanne April 29, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Thank you for your inspiring talk yesterday. I enjoyed it a great deal and I think it may have caused the catalytic reaction I hoped it would. Contrary to appearances my husband and daughter had not been threatened at gunpoint although some prior motivational stimulus had been applied. They were enthusiastic in their praise immediately afterwards although I have not seen either since. I suspect that you can either wait to be ready or be made ready now. I go with the now. :)

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Nerida May 3, 2013 at 5:45 am

Hi Craig I loved your seminar last Sunday. I walked away even more inspired to finish the journey finally and walk away with the prize. I will admit that I did want to spend the day in bed and not come but am so glad I did.Afterall there is plenty of time for sleeping when I’m dead. Loved “The Angry Ant” and are ploughing my way through your other two books. Have had some funny looks from people on the train while reading Stop f*cking. Thanks Craig for what you do.

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