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20

The Importance Of Mentors In Fitness

Why You Need A Mentor

A good mentor will help you get somewhere faster, make less mistakes along the way, and expedite your chances of success.

Seriously, who wouldn’t want that … because that is exactly what a good mentor will do for you?

men-tor

noun – an experienced and trusted adviser.
verb – advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague).

A mentor will help YOU, by providing insight from their own experiences to help you grow as a person.  They will challenge your state of mind, help you create a clearer picture about where you want to go in your business and your life. They help you save time and money by being that voice of reason at the exact right time that you need to hear it. They don’t coddle you, they give it to you straight because they want to see you succeed. They challenge you on levels that you didn’t realize that you could be challenged. They want YOU to be better and they want YOU to hopefully be a mentor for somebody else in the future too.

Let’s imagine the following scenario:

Mark is a single 19 year old who lives in Los Angeles. He randomly decides, at the last minute, that he wants to do something spontaneous and fun and figures that a road trip to Chicago the next day would be great, especially as he’s never taken a road trip before. He has a little time off before school starts back up in January. He’s never been to Chicago and doesn’t know much about it but he quickly packs up his shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and sandals before he goes to sleep, and then he wakes up early the next day to start his trip at 6am.

He’s about 5 hours into his trip when his gas light comes on.  He starts to freak out when he realizes he doesn’t have his wallet or any cash or his AAA Road Side emergency card!  Eventually, his car runs out of gas and now he’s sitting on the side of the road, in tears, in the middle of nowhere.

He calls his parents to come and help him out, even though they live 6 hours away. In the meantime, to stay busy until his parents arrive, Mark starts to look at stuff for Chicago on his phone that he probably should have done before his trip. While sitting on the side of the road, he gets even more frustrated as he realizes that he didn’t plan very well for this trip, at all.

Initially, Mark didn’t look at a map to see what would be the most efficient route to Chicago. He didn’t ask anyone for directions, so now he is looking at a map on his phone and he sees that he went 2 hours the wrong way.  He also didn’t check to see what the weather was like in Chicago and what clothes would be best for that time of year. He then quickly gets upset at himself because he realizes that there will be heavy storms all along the way to Chicago and he has only brought clothes for warmer weather.

Mark also didn’t look to see what were the best things to do and see along the way to Chicago, nor did he look for things to see and do while he was in Chicago. Poor Mark!  What a disastrous trip?  But Mark didn’t know any better because he had never been on a road trip.

Had he spoken to someone who has been on  a road trip before, especially one from Los Angeles to Chicago, they would have definitely given him a lot of insight and a huge checklist of things needed to take.  They would have recommended the most efficient and/or most scenic route and they most likely would have recommended not driving from Southern California to Illinois in the month of December.

I know that the above was a lengthy example, but imagine how that would apply towards your fitness business right now. Are you constantly trying to reinvent the wheel? Are you sometimes frustrated with how to deal with your clients or even your staff? Are you disappointed with where you are professionally?

Well, guess what, you are not alone, because every successful person has been through ups and downs in their life and you be surprised how much knowledge they are willing to give you if you just ask them.

Mentors come in all shapes and sizes and could be right under your nose.  They could be someone:

(1)  in your family

(2)  in the fitness industry

(3)  outside of the fitness industry

(4)  that you may not perceive to be successful but have a lot of experience.

The point is that you can learn something from just about anybody when you humble yourself and are open to being taught.  In the example above, Mark could have spoken to someone who could have made his trip a whole lot more enjoyable and saved him tons of time.

A strong mentor will help you be the best fitness professional and would do the same for you. They will also challenge you, save you time, save you money and help you avoid pitfalls.

Skip the big headaches on your journey to success, in your fitness business! Take the short road and find a mentor!

About the Author

Mike Z. RobinsonMike Z. Robinson is the owner of the highly successful personal training facility, MZR Fitness as well as Mike Z. Robinson Enterprises which features & highlights a myriad of options to help fitness professionals grow their businesses and careers. Mike was the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is the author of the E-Book: “Fitness Up, Everything Up”, and he is also a Media Spokesperson for both the American Council on Exercise & IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

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