When I turned 23, my dad got me golf lessons. (I'm still wondering if that was a good idea.)
The golf pro told me something during one of the lessons that has stuck with me to this day, which is
Form follows function.
After each swing he had me analyze my form to determine:
- How was my balance?
- Was I falling backward?
- Was I falling forward?
- Was I stepping through contact?
- Did I pick up my back foot?
- How was my grip?
- Was it too tight?
- Was it too loose?
- Did I let go of the club with one hand or the other?
- What was the ball flight?
- Too high?
- Too low?
- A hook?
- A slice?
- A worm-burner?
- A chili-dip?
The form after striking the ball gave me a great deal of insight as to why the golf ball did not go where I wanted it to go. (Save the golf jokes. I've heard them all.)
While having a golf pro (or life coach) observe what you're doing from the outside looking in is the fastest way to grow—hint, hint—you can't have a coach with you on the golf course and you won't have a coach with you on every single sales call you make, so it helps to be able to self-diagnose and adjust in the heat of the battle.
This brings me to Red Bulls and 5-Hour Energy.
If your life coach needs his mom to bring him a large number of stimulants in the morning and throughout the day to "function," and alcohol and pills to "relax and unwind" at night, what does that say about the form of his life, and yours?
Has your search for "Work-Life Balance" gotten out of balance?
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Listen to your mom
She was right 30 years ago and she's right today.
Just because "everybody's doing it" doesn't make it right.
You need to get off the artificial pick-me-ups and wind-me-downs and avoid the business and life coaches who are on them as well.
If you're addicted to energy drinks and $10 coffees, non-stop sodas, and endless snacks—not to mention social media, gossip, and fake news—it's time you take a moment or three and figure out why your life is so stressful, so taxing, so draining, so uninspiring that you need this constant influx of stimulants and distractions to get you through your day.
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Need some help with that and you're willing to invest in yourself?
Market like you mean it.
Now go sell something.