I can do the splits. Not an astounding statement for some but for me it’s huge. I’m no bendy youngster. I’m in my early 40s and it’s been a couple of decades since I last attempted to do the splits.

 

What has been my secret to being able to complete this feat of flexibility?

 

 

A decision

A plan

Daily action

Measuring

 

 

A decision

The reason I was even considering this task is because I’m part of a salsa performance team. That’s right “I Salsa!” {cue the soundtrack from Cuban Fury}.

 

Salsa has been a part of my world for about 3.5 years now and for 3 of those years I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of The Clave Collective; a formidable group of dancers focused on world domination.

 

We are based in Wellington, New Zealand AND we have been given the incredible opportunity to perform at the LA Salsa Congress in May of this year. After that event the band is breaking up as half of the team (including me) is off to travel the world.

 

I made the decision that I wanted to be at my best by May. The place I choose to begin is with my physical strength and flexibility.

 

 

A plan

I knew that I needed a plan to make this happen. I began to investigate Pilates classes and online training. Then the perfect plan dropped into my lap courtesy of one of my incredibly talented (and Crossfit obsessed) dance teachers.

 

He gave us homework for the summer holidays. Two sets of homework that contained interval training, strength and flexibility work. Everything I’d been looking for.

 

He also gave us a challenge. We were split into teams and given a series of exercises to do that were measured (high kicks, splits etc). We’d then be remeasured at the end of the holidays to check out progress.

 

I loved this as it gave me a baseline to measure myself against – it’s far too easy in a class full of many bendy youngsters to compare myself to them.

 

I’m also a competitive gal so with a challenge in mind I will go over and above to meet my aim.

 

My measurements for the splits were:

Right side – 4.5cm off the ground

Left side – 12.5 cm off the ground (!!)

 

My challenge to myself was to get down on the right side and to drastically improve the left side.

 

 

Daily action

I knew that I needed to do the exercises in the morning as it’s too easy to make excuses at the end of the day.

 

I started to get up earlier. I laid out my exercise gear the night before.

 

Oh there were times in that first week when I cursed my teacher’s name (HOW many press ups?!?!). There were days I didn’t want to do the exercises – too tired, body felt creaky.

 

BUT I kept coming back to that promise I’d made to myself and I was determined not to let myself down. I think this was the most powerful lesson I learnt – that I wanted to prove to myself that I was mentally strong enough to do this.

 

There were many excuses I could’ve listened to. “Does it really matter if I can do the splits?” “10 out of 25 press ups is enough isn’t it?” There were times when I lay on my yoga mat listening to those voices but I discovered that I didn’t like them very much. I much preferred the voice that said:

 

I can. I will. Watch me!

 

Measuring

 

After 3 weeks these were my results:

Right side – on the ground (4.5 cm improvement)

Left side – 3.5 cm off the ground (8cm improvement)

 

 

This is all lovely, you might be thinking, but what does it have to do with business success? Those four steps are exactly the same for your business:

 

A decision

Make your decision and fully commit to it. A big or small goal.

Gain a new 1:1 client each month. Write two blog posts a week.

 

A plan

Make a plan to support your decision.

Write for one hour every day from 8 to 9am.

 

Daily action

Do something every day to move you forward.

Brainstorm topics. Write. Edit. Read. Research.

 

Measuring

What is your baseline that you are starting with? When are you next going to measure your progress? How will you measure your progress?

 

 

Tell me, are you ready to get started?

 

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