R.O.C.K Principles: Knowledge is Power
Learning All Day
The final piece of the puzzle! That's right, we're talking about Knowledge, the last letter in the R.O.C.K Principles.
The funny thing about knowledge is that the more you know, the more you realise you have yet to learn. That is such a crucial part of knowledge - it's that awareness that there is always more out there.
Just like strength is the foundation of fitness, knowledge underpins, well, everything really.
My job as trainer and as a coach is to help my clients learn about their fitness, about health, about their bodies and also a bit about themselves.
Many clients who lead busy, stressful lives often come to me wanting to quickly lose weight and then stay because they have learned that this process helps them feel not just physically stronger but mentally stronger and happier too.
Sometimes it takes them a while to connect with their bodies and with the movements. They may not be ready to listen to their bodies just yet. Over time, they learn to turn their attention inwards when it is time to train and that's when you get the most benefit. That is when you learn about yourself.
It's my job to teach as much as my clients are ready to learn. And I learn every day from my clients too.
I also need to be constantly educating myself on new science, new theories and new methods in terms of health and wellbeing to make sure that I am giving my clients the best possible experience to help them reach their goals.
Different ways to learn
I learn best by doing, by absorbing information from different people who have different teaching and coaching techniques.
There are lots of different types of learning but often you will hear of the seven different styles of learning.
Visual (spatial): You prefer using looking and watching, absorbing pictures, images, and using spatial understanding
Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer listening, using sound and music
Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words yourself, both in speech and writing, often in re-articulating what you are learning
Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch to interact with the material that you are learning
Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems
Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people
Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study
Identifying how you like to learn can be very helpful. For example, if you are a kinesthetic learner, having a lecturer drone on in front of you isn't very helpful but interactive learning where you can take part and get your hands on the material are great.
There are lots of resources online about learning styles. Have a look at Learning Styles which I used as reference for more details.
I am definitely kinesthetic and social. Which ones do you think you are?
What have I learned this year?
I've learned so much this year, in particular about business and marketing. I've learned to take my coaching skills into different areas of my life. I have continued to learn about different types of motivation and behavioural triggers. I've learned new movement types and new disciplines.
In particular, I am learning to practice what I preach - applying my R.O.C.K Principles to my life - planning and scheduling my business tasks, trying new and scary things and sticking to my guns.
I've also learned a bit about what I don't want to be and how I don't want to be portrayed. And most importantly, I've learned where I want to go.
And I've learned to be kind to myself and realised that the ups and downs are what make us human and it's time to embrace it all.
When you're in your 20's you know sweet F all about yourself. In your 30's you start to really see, really be aware of your strengths and recognising where you aren't as strong.
You learn how to navigate this complicated life armed with that knowledge. You realise that you are a work in progess and that there is always more to learn.
I'm looking forward to finding out what new knowledge my next years will hold for me.
Let's keep learning together.
What is the most important thing you learned this year?