The Benefits of Being Stalked

Last Updated Oct 13, 2008 8:44 PM EDT

Yeehah, summer is on the way and the air is heating up.

Talking of warmth, I'll be extremely hot a little later thanks to my fitness trainer getting me to do all sorts of ludicrously energetic things.

I've been following a fitness regime twice a week for the past five years and besides helping me maintain a reasonable level of fitness, it's a constant reminder of two key things:

  1. You do much more when someone's watching
  2. A regular action creates a habit
Now as a business coach, neither of the above should be a revelation to me, but of course it's one thing to deliver a service and quite another to receive it.

Left to my own devices, my commitment to fitness would be sporadic at best. If I felt low on energy I'd probably choose to rest; if it were pouring with rain, I'd wait until tomorrow (and then be too busy).

I've always enjoyed exercise, but until I recruited someone to watch over me, I'd never truly committed to it.

As business people, we need to do more than simply pay lip-service to excellence and advancement, we need to commit to it and allow ourselves to be held accountable.

So who's stalking you?

I'd love to hear how you keep focussed and motivated. Do you use a coach? Do you have a buddy? What works for you and how?

Share your experiences and post a comment.

  • Robert Gerrish

    Robert Gerrish is a coach, author and professional speaker and the founder of Flying Solo (, the Australian online community for solo business owners.