Let me regress a little and tell you about my back class yesterday because I think it demonstrates exactly WHY you need a mentor or coach.
A Little Story
As most of you know I have 2 slipped discs and am having ongoing physio and a back exercise class that I began a couple of weeks ago. Well yesterday we had to learn a particular exercise to strengthen the lower back and buttock muscles. I had been thinking that I was getting on really well and things were beginning to improve – until I tried that exercise. Basically I couldn’t do it.
Since my disc problems affect my lower back the muscles there are very weak – I had no idea just how weak!
Heres what I had to do – have a go yourself and you will find it really easy 🙂
Lie on your front with your forehead resting on your hands so that you are facing the floor. Then gently lift up your legs one at a time. Easy! Well I could lift my left leg but my right leg was like a dead weight – I coudn’t lift it.
I actually felt embarrassed as everyone in the class was doing it OK. I told the instructor that I was having difficulty and she said
“it’s not silly at all – don’t forget you are a work in progress and thats what I’m here to help you with”
You Need a Mentor
She then told me a different way of doing it that would encourage the muscles to start working and I managed to lift my right leg off the floor a little! 🙂
I guess you know what I am getting at. We all need to mentor or coach at some stage. Someone to show us how to do things, to encourage us when we face impossible tasks and set us targets so that we can see our progress.
During the 4 weeks of this challenge I realise what it is that I needed. Someone to help me focus. Someone to be accountable to. I now know what I need to do and how to do it! I have the encouragement and support to take the action even if its hard!
Would I recommend getting a mentor?
YES! YES! YES!
I would love to know what you think about this challenge and if there are any questions you have about it. I will do my best to answer them!