Fitmark Ambassador, Collin Brooks, shares how important it is to do one thing at a time.
As with so many of us, my days are extremely busy. I am a Physical Education teacher, an Ironman competitor, a Crossfit/Crossfit Endurance coach and a husband. My days start with an early morning training session, followed by teaching 10 elementary Physical Education classes, a second training session, coaching Crossfit Endurance (if it’s a Tuesday or Thursday) and then going home and trying to be a good husband. I strive to be good at everything I do on a daily basis. Everything! Part of my desire to excel is my competitive nature, the other is realizing how blessed I am and working to use the gifts I have been given to influence others in a positive way. The following are ways I have found that allow me to succeed in all areas of my life.
Get Your Priorities Straight
In order to strive to be good at everything in life it is important to have your priorities in the proper order. For me, it starts with my faith and my family. My students and athletes come next, and with the time I have left I train. I find that when I put others before myself I feel the most fulfilled.
My schedule is packed Monday through Friday. I am defiantly an athlete who has to carve out time for my workouts. As I train for Ironman Tahoe, every second will count. I have found that training hard over a short period of time using Crossfit and Crossfit Endurance protocols has given me greatest results as well as more time for everything else in my life. Being an endurance athlete with a small amount of time to train, I use a simple rule of thumb – if I am not on my back, breathing hard at the end of a training session I probably should have done something more productive with my time. I find the results of this mentality have been extremely rewarding by giving me an increased level of strength, cardiovascular endurance and mental toughness.
Consistency in work
Consistency increases success in every facet of life. Everyday, whether it is working with students or athletes, taking care matters in my personal life or training, I try to give my best effort. Everyone I have the opportunity to work with deserves my best on a daily basis. How hard I work directly impacts whether a student or athlete will succeed. I have the privilege of helping to shape lives and I can’t take that lightly.
When my body needs rest, I try to rest. Sleeping eight hours a night is vital for recovery from a busy day full of training and life. Some people need even more than this. When I increase the demand on my body, I try to sleep more than eight hours a night. I go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time almost everyday of the week. Consistent sleep has led to more successful training sessions. Secondly, as an active person I have learned when to cut it off for a day. Running on 50-70% leads to a cranky teacher, a less productive person and poor training results.
When striving to be good at everything, it is important to take one thing at a time. I do this by looking at each part of my day and evaluating how I can make the most with the time that is given to me. This mentality allows me to focus and pour my heart into everything I do, and for me there is nothing better than that.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013