Notwithstanding the “old dog” adage, adult learners are highly capable of learning new things… from languages to sports to skills. However, we learn in a slightly different way than our kids. Rather than embracing the thrill of the adventure, adults tend to think about new skills – a lot – before committing. We have a fear of looking foolish as we move from beginner to intermediate. We need to be highly motivated for it to be worth our while.
Oddly enough, I’m completely drawn in to American Ninja Warrior. Not just because it shows ordinary people performing remarkable acts of fitness and strength. I’m also drawn to the stories. Regular people making it happen… just because.
Although I never imagined it, there are some real business lessons that come out of American Ninja Warrior.
I know, I know. I don’t always want to either. Some days it seems easier to ditch it… After a long, crazy day or on a rare, quiet morning or in the middle of a great book or movie… Forcing yourself up and at it can be a chore. Lazy is easier – physically and mentally.
Just because it’s harder to drop the pounds, doesn’t mean we have to give up and sit on the couch. Just because we might never have a perfectly flat tummy, doesn’t mean we have to cover it up. Just because we aren’t as small as we used to be, doesn’t mean we have to wear shapeless, ugly clothes. We don’t have to be quiet or passive or agreeable. Just because we are over 40 doesn’t mean we have to do ANYTHING we don’t want to…
Every day, I see people working out, sweating, trying their best. They are putting themselves through the paces, doing the do, schlepping to the gym or hitting play on the DVD player… And every day, I hear so many of them say “I just don’t understand why I’m not losing weight.”
I feel their pain. I was one of those people for a really long time. I was running 3 times a week, lifting weights twice a week… and the scale refused to budge.