In this Expert Insight Interview, Nick Shaw discusses fitness for success. Nick Shaw is the founder and CEO of Renaissance Periodization, a diet and fitness company founded on evidence-based practices to help its members achieve their health, athletic, performance, and physical goals.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- The connection between mental and physical fitness
- The importance of discipline and paying attention to the fundamentals
- How instant gratification is hampering our progress
Mental vs Physical Fitness
People often separate mental and physical fitness, considering them two entirely separate things. According to Nick Shaw, the processes involved in these two types of fitness are actually very similar. No matter what you want to be successful at — fitness, business, or overcoming adversity — there is a handful of traits that help you achieve your goals.
In other words, the same principles that one would apply to fitness also apply to business. A great example of this is discipline and having a longer-term time horizon, enabling us to delay gratification.
Discipline Is the Key
Naturally, most people want to eat great-tasting food and sit on the couch watching TV — taking the easy route. However, this is probably not best for our long-term health and fitness. A similar principle can be applied to business and sales.
Most highly successful business executives probably weren’t born as skilled salespeople and negotiators, nor did they succeed overnight. There’s usually a lot of hard work, studying and practicing involved so that one can lay the foundation for their future success. In business, just like in fitness, you must understand that you need to put in the work and gradually improve until you achieve your goals.
The Instant Gratification Trap
We live in a world where everything is supposed to be easy, and instant gratification is around every corner and at our fingertips. As great as this may sound, it has gotten into people’s psyche, and more and more of us are no longer prepared to wait for results, whether in fitness or business.
If you think about it, nobody would expect to look like a world-class bodybuilder within a month of starting to lift weights. Still, in other pursuits, we tend to get carried away and believe that if we’re not instantly successful, we’ve failed.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.