There is an iconic scene in the cult classic Pumping Iron where the Austrian Oak himself, and reigning Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger takes ballet lessons.
This scene contains several lessons for us, starting with the fact that true mastery requires total ownership of one’s craft.
In other words, champions are willing to do whatever it takes to be the best.
In this case, the most famous champion in bodybuilding history realizes the moments on stage are about more than just the mandatory poses.
By thinking about the moments in between poses, and how one moves from pose to pose, he almost single handedly created “posing” as it is known in bodybuilding today.
Let’s step over this innovation that forever changed a sport, and instead focus on the fact that unlike any bodybuilder before him, Arnold realized the importance of the in-between moments.
And just like a bodybuilder on stage, we are being judged for the in-between moments.
If you have kids, you know they’re always watching and they learn more from what we do than what we say. This data gathering isn’t limited only to children.
We’re always watching and forming opinions based on our observations. Likewise, others are being informed by our choices, decisions, and actions.
Are we leading always? Are we demonstrating our values to others through our actions – not the just the poses with hit under the spotlights, but in those in-between moments, especially when we think nobody is watching?
It’s a question of integrity. Who are you in the in-between moments?
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Links & Resources
- Pumping Iron on Amazon Prime
- Total Recall: Arnold’s Autobiography
- Lead Always with Jason Redman on the BHP
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- Master Your Mind Online Course
- F*ck Your Feelings on Amazon or Audible