We are a startup coaching facility, and like any other startup business, our resources are extremely valuable and limited.
This means that everyone wears a few hats. Not the most fashionable choice of attire, but we do whatever it takes to get the job done. From managing the facility to coaching our members, our people strive to do their best and to work hard at the tasks assigned to them.
For that reason, our job scope acts only as a guideline because we are driven to see our main goal through - which is to be the leading entity in the fitness industry on an international scale. Our team works fluidly like synchronized waves, coming together in harmony, making sure the resulting end wave does not end prematurely.
Apart from that, becoming a coach in Honey Badgers requires the trait of excellence. This is not only essential on the job, but in your daily life. It should be seen as a reflection of your passion for fitness. Let that passion be channeled into your work ethic, allowing it to provide you the willingness to go that extra mile.
While being independent and taking the initiative to go beyond what is expected, our coaches must also be anal to a certain extent. More appropriately, a strict attention to detail while coaching. Part of coaching is the art of breaking down complex matters into simple snippets of information for the layman mind to understand. This requires the coach to be clear and concise with their explanations and demonstrations.
For example, if a member were to squat with an excessive knee track, push up with an arched lower back, or clean without having a decent rack position, the coach must call it out, and tweak their positions immediately.
To put things into perspective, imagine your student standing in a small room covered with spiked walls, blindfolded. One wrong move without the coach’s assistance and the scene becomes a horror story. That is how seriously we take our safety and movement standards here in Honey Badgers.
Most of our coaches have gone through these questions and doubts during the start of their journey: “Do I have enough knowledge to coach?”, “Will I be a talented teacher?”, and “Am I up to par with the standards?”. If you find yourself asking any of these questions right now, do not worry.
Talent does not magically appear out of thin air; it is cultivated from the very essence of passion. If you are passionate about something, trust it take you to greater heights. We are prepared to train you to be the best version of yourself, if you allow us to.
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." – Michael Jordan
Our work is tough.
It is made even more so due to the high standards expected and the lack of an education system suitable for taking someone to this level.
Because of this, we’ve seen people leave us not because of the way we treated them, but because they repeatedly failed certain tasks and realized that they weren’t as good as they thought they were. A demotivated state is what naturally ensued. This problem necessitates this topic.
“Stress in addition to being itself, was also the cause of itself, and the result of itself.” - British Medical Journal, 1951.
Here’s a good read on stress.
We regard stress as a manifestation of fear of consequences when problems are not solved.
In the context of a regular job and how it relates to failure, it goes something like this:
- Someone failed and received the consequences of failure (perhaps they get harshly criticized).
- Fearing (or being traumatized by) the consequences of failure, this person gets stressed and panics during challenges.
- Their panic causes another ‘failure’, and this whole cycle starts anew.
To fix this, three principles are required.
The first (and most obvious) principle is to prevent problems from happening in the first place. This is an ‘all-out’ mentality in which failure is not an option.
People throw around the phrase “I’ll do my best” way too casually. The fact is, most people don’t know what best effort means.
I once heard of something that happened during a seminar by Anthony Robbins. During the Q&A session, one lady stood up and asked for some advice because she said she already “tried everything”:
Robbins: Are you really sure you’ve tried everything?
Robbins: Are you absolutely sure?
Robbins: Okay. How many things have you tried before? Fifty?
Lady: No! [laughs] That’s too much.
Robbins: Alright, then you MUST have tried at least twenty-five?
Lady: No... that’s still too much.
Robbins: Okay. Name me the last TEN things you’ve tried for your business.
Lady: Well, I haven’t exactly done TEN things.
Robbins: Ok, if you haven’t done TEN things, then how about FIVE?
Lady: Er...I haven’t done five... (slowly sinking back to the crowd)
Robbins: Then how many things have you tried?
Just because a solution hasn’t been found right now doesn’t mean that it’s not there. You’ve tried everything? Really?
In finance, best effort is defined as:
“The greatest possible effort by a financial organization, such as an investment bank, to sell a company's new shares, when it does not have to promise to sell them all and it does not have to buy the shares it does not sell.”
The greatest possible effort. Not 50%, not 75%, not 80% nor 99.99%. It’s a 100%. ‘200%’ even!
It’s the posture where, in spite of everything that can be done is already done, you still try.
For most people, when they ‘try their best’ to do something, they give up at the first sign of trouble.
For a minority of people, when they ‘try their best’ to do something they give up and throw their hands up in the air after several obstacles.
The winners, the creme de la creme, the elite don’t give up no matter the amount of trouble looming over their heads because failure is simply not an option.
When failure comes, try harder. Keep trying until everything that can be tried has been tried. Then try some more! There is no such thing as success without failure. Remember, you can’t learn to ride a bike without falling a least once.
You might ask, “Wouldn’t such a mindset cause one even more stress?”
Maybe. But it is your choice whether the pressure hardens or crushes you.
Diamonds are formed only under pressure. And this is where the second principle comes in.
The second principle is understanding and accepting that sometimes, no matter how hard we try we will still fail.
So why bother in the first place? Because when you try your best, you fail less and learn way faster.
We humans are driven by our motivations. Fearing failure and addiction to success bring about a synergy so powerful you can accomplish anything.
“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you.” - Anthony Robbins.
If you can use pain to propel you forward, you become unstoppable. Don’t let pain beat you to the ground. Use it to excel. In the words of Eric Thomas, “The only way to go through pain is to go through it. Don’t cry to give up, cry to go forward!”
And then when you’ve tried your best and failed anyway, fall and remember how you feel. Carry those emotions into your next attempt.
You get hurt when you care. Care anyway. Because it is when you do, that you can be phenomenal.
The final and most important principle is to simply get shit done ASAP.
Perhaps the biggest cause of stress we’ve seen is simple procrastination.
When there’s a one-month deadline to get a one-day task done, the average person tends to hold off doing those things until the very last day of the month.
The problem with this way of doing things is that shit will happen whether you like it or not.
We can never tell what’s going to happen in the future, and it is only by preparing room for unforeseen circumstances that you earn the right to say that you tried your best.
For example, when an associate holds off a 30-day deadline task until the last day of the month and an emergency happens on the 29th day that required a new task to be done in 2 days, this person would, of course, be stressed!
If they had immediately started on the task on the first day, stress could have been averted from the get-go.
Finish tasks ASAP. Always. If there are no tasks that require you to rush, there would be no stress.
People usually quote work-life balance as a way to manage stress. The truth is that work-life balance has got nothing much to do with stress. How much you work and how much you play is based on your goals and priorities in life. Stress management is stress management.
Stress is a self-inflicted, self-propagating condition that arises from a lack of sound judgment in everything. The key to stress management is simply trying your best, and not let it get to you when shit happens (which it will!), and to manage your time and tasks effectively.
Congratulations on finishing the Primer!
You have succeeded where 99% have failed.
We look forward to meeting you.