Consistency Made Fun and Easy!
Hey I just got back from the health club, it’s a Saturday morning and I started a little later this morning than I usually do.
I looked at my calendar and it’s the one-year anniversary of this particular workout. Now I think that’s instructive. I’m going to link that up with doing training and working out your team in how you can stay consistent for an entire year by following a very, very short set of literally fun rules. So I’ll talk to you about this in the very next segment.
You’ve probably heard me say, I hope you have, fall in love with the process and the results are assured. You fall in love with cheetos, beer, remote control, the couch, and a bunch of TV you’re going to have what that process brings. If you fall in love with exercise, high fiber, low fat, eating correctly you’ll get what that process brings. If you fall in love with training and working with your team behind the scenes, not during patient hours, but at your office meetings or special trainings, you will get what that process brings. We all know that right?
The key is how do you stay committed? How do you keep your commitment to train, your commitment to role-play, your commitment to do all those things fresh and vibrant or at least on the calendar and being done? I’m going to talk about that in the very next segment.
We’ve all made new years resolutions and those new years resolutions for some can last a long time, but for most of us they come crashing down. About this time last year, I decided that I would start on my new years resolutions for the coming year. I just thought I’d work into a routine that I could do for an entire year and love it. I made a goal and that was that I wasn’t going to make it too tough, I wasn’t going to make it too demanding, I was going to make it a routine that I liked.
Now, you can have a training schedule that you like. Let’s say that you just train for 15 minutes a week, just 15 minutes. Some people go to a seminar and they get all jazzed up and they’re going to go back and train and they’re going to train for 2 hours a week and then pretty soon 30 minutes into it they wonder what in the heck am I going to do next? Then that goal comes crashing down because no one can sustain that.
But 15 minutes and if you want to do 30 you can. I give myself permission that if I want to do a couple extra exercises I can do that. I also give myself permission to run a short workout. Let’s say someday I’m sick. I’ve got a cold or I’ve got some other problem. If I can just get my gear on I can get to the club, if I can just get to the club I might be able to get on the stair master, if I can just get on the stair master I might be able to do 15 minutes. Well, if 15 minutes is all I can do then I can do a half a workout, a quarter of a workout, 20% of a workout and I’m still remaining consistent.
You might not feel like training. You might come off a big weekend, you might come off a holiday, maybe there’s a staff person that’s sick and you only have 1 team member. Keep consistent. Do 5, 10 minutes of training. Stay consistent. Now, if it’s big and painful and hard and difficult, you’ll find a way to not do it. If it’s easy you’ll find a way to do it and if you can get there, if you can just get there and do 5 minutes then you’ll remain consistent.
Now, the third piece is really interesting. Even though I’m the one who has to do all my workout, I get to do all my workout, but have a staff person have a responsibility for the training. For instance, have your front desk person train the entire team on what the front desk is like, have your marketing person train the entire team on what marketing is like, have your associate doctor train the entire team on what a report of findings is like.
“Well Noel, I think we already know this.” But give them the responsibility because the teacher always learns more than the student. So, rule number 1. Make it something that’s short enough and fun enough that you can do it. It shouldn’t be punishing, you shouldn’t be hiding from your training because it’s so hard. Number 2. Give yourself permission to do half a training, 20% of a training so that you can remain consistent if you don’t feel well or you’ve got staff problems. Then number 3, share the responsibility with your team.
If you do that, you’ll take a look back at 3, 6, 8, 10, 12 months and you’ll think, “Hey look at all the stuff that we have done!”
This is Dr. Noel Lloyd for Five Star Management and for successful clients, having successful training everywhere. Talk to you you guys’ later, buh bye.