"I just got married."
"We've been married for about 3 months now."
"Our wedding day was spectacular."
How many people continue to talk about their marriage?
The same goes for people.
What happens when you "announce" or "proclaim" your profession or passion of fitness? Most people feel obligated to reinforce their identity for fear of losing it or blending in. That's cool. But a billboard doesn't tell us much about a topic. It tells us a snippet. Connecting with individuals calls for more than just snippets.
Why are fitness professionals reluctant to identify themselves with anything other than fitness and exercise?
Did you see what I just wrote there?
I work as a personal trainer. If people cannot fathom a connection between myself and fitness, it doesn't bother me, insult me, or hurt me. I know who I have become and who I am. That is the key. I have established a confidence that transcends any bewilderment, negativity, or ignorance from others.
Close relatives or friends know me by other things in my life. In the past couple of years, I have garnered some old hobbies of mine to sprinkle my mind with things outside of fitness. I have gotten into the habit of picking up my electric guitar to strum out a few rock licks while I battle writer's block from time to time:
Thanks to my wife who has shown me that relaxation is not a bad thing--especially at the beach or a park; I've re-discovered a likeness for reading again. I've picked up a few books over the last 12 months. And I am not afraid to say that the last few books I've read are outside of the fitness realm:
And I have discovered that I enjoy creating, breaking, and fixing things around the house. I have a new-found love for gardening and making our home look nicer with pleasing aesthetics:
This sounds corny, so why am I sharing this with you? I want to show you that there is more to being a fitness professional than just talking about fitness. There is life. Fitness is a huge role I've enlisted myself in a long time ago and it engulfs me; but if you don't look outside the shell you've built around yourself, you will burn out or eventually lose your passion.
How many people do you know that always identify themselves with a medical condition or illness?
"I have ADD"
"I am gluten-intolerant"
"I have a bad back."
"My knees are bad so I can't walk far."
Do you know what identifying themselves with impairments does? It reinforces their identity and that validates their decision to accept it. Without an identity, they fear blending in a crowd of faces with no distinguishable features. How sad is that? Well, if the confidence level and knowing who you are (self-worth) are apparent, there is no need to consistently reinforce who you are and what you do. Life is not short in my opinion. Life is a long journey. Depending on what you spend too much of your time doing, may make it feel like a hastened consumption.