Perceptions

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Perceptions

What do you see in each picture? The frames are seconds apart but with a slight tilt in the camera for each.

I was out practicing MAP 10 (#map10isthenewzone1) in North Carolina while there for CCP “program design” and “coaching” level 1. The night there was calling me to be outside. I walk often. Its not irregular for me to walk with my Titan Vest in the AM’s for 60 min as well as hike the Gateway Loop with my wife 2-3x/week for 1:09 – ish. (currently on track to beat Matt and Lindsay’s 1:08). Anyhow, I was out for a stroll and had to stop in this field.

The fence drew me near, it reminded me of the one erected on my land in Calgary back in the day. I hung over it like a cowboy would looking at his horse run, except the field was empty. I could not take my site off the sky though, so I decided to take these pics.

The reference is important here. I took them as I always have of the sky and light that fascinates me; as I have posted on before and what it means. I tilted the camera ever so slightly for the 2 pics and saw a tremendous difference.

It made me reflect on what we had gone over in the course during that day on how much perception and our own filters can help and/or hinder our progress. One may see darkness and night in this photo, one may see light and daytime – each with their own context.

For example, one may see the challenge in learning a new skill in fitness as a road block, another may see it as an obstacle to overcome – a challenge. Someone may see injury as the end, while another may see it as a sign. An athlete may see a workout or tester and think “yikes”, while another might be excited to try it out.

A lot of this is about perception.

And this is where coaching is so powerful.

Coaches have the ability to change the way people see things in fitness. It starts with the coach; they create awareness of their perceptions; then they proceed to educate and explain how others see things and how to direct them to see them a little “differently”.

This is life changing.

I have seen many people’s lives change in front of me.  Honestly…in seconds. With their comments that follow “I guess I have never thought to look at it that way…” All they needed was a different insight, not into fantasy, but an inspiration into what might be. And CCP coaches can give that.

What seems simple can be profound. Get excited about inspiring others through fitness. The fitness industry is growing; it needs more qualified “real-world fitness” professionals.

Join the CCP journey today and change some perceptions.

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