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Modeling behavior

As you know, I’m participating in the StoryAthlete 28 day challenge. We write about four dimensions of our life: mind, body, business and relationships.

Part of the program is that twice a week we are required to do a workout from fellow StoryAthlete and certified personal trainer, CJ Thomas, called the 12 minutes of death. It’s a 12 minute body weight workout that you can do literally anywhere.

Typically, I do my workouts in the morning before everyone wakes up. Yesterday though, I did my workout in the evening.

Chris and the boys were in the living room playing a new video game together and I quietly went into the little boys’ bedroom and set up my phone and pressed play.

Those boys have a sixth sense about me doing something I don’t want them around for and within seconds, Colton and Cooper were underfoot.

I’ve used them as an excuse not to workout since...forever. I’m not good at fitness and therefore, I get frustrated with them and myself very easily when I’m trying to do something hard and they’re in my way. And let’s be honest, your kids are kind of always in the way.

Last night though, after watching Ryan Fletcher work out with his kids, and reading his book The 1% Transformation, I let them stay in the room and just rolled with it.

12 mins of death isn’t easy and I knew I was going to struggle through but instead of getting angry that Cooper was under my body when I was trying to do a one legged push-up (on my knees), I decided to just let them witness the struggle.

Colton lost interest almost immediately and went skipping away. Cooper, however, hung tight through the whole 12 minutes. He did every move right next to me to the best of his baby ability, yelling “I’m doing it!” the entire time. I would say encouraging things back to him. “Great job!” “Yes, you are!” “You’re awesome!”

I’ve been asking myself for years why I shouldn’t work out with the kids. And there’s a million reasons why, which is why I haven’t excelled in fitness. What I should have been asking myself this whole time is why I SHOULD workout with the kids, because there’s a million better reasons why.

If I let them watch me struggle, they’ll learn that it’s ok to struggle, as long as you show up. If I can get the basics of just always showing up ingrained in them at 2, 4 and 9 years old, they’ll have a much easier time succeeding in life.

From now on, we will press play together and show up...together.

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