imagesMy name is Casey and I consistently fall short in the following areas;

  • Bench press strength
  • Living life with an outward focus
  • Giving
  • Binging on ice cream
  • Showing appreciation
  • Spelling, grammar and proof reading
  • Understanding tech
  • Lateral movement off my left leg
  • Staying connected with people
  • Being patient
  • Slow reader
  • Spending enough time with just my wife
  • Drinking too much coffee
  • Single leg squats on my left leg

These my friends are just the tip of the ice burg, the list goes much deeper.  It also did not take much effort to jot down this list in record time. I am very aware of where many of my weaknesses lie and I am sure many more will be brought to my attention in the future that I am currently unaware of.  I believe that not only knowing but owning our weaknesses in all areas of life is critical to success, creating real relationships and building your authenticity.

There are two major benefits to being aware of your “fall shot” list;

People trust you and see you as authentic.  We all have built in “phony radar”, that internal alarm that goes off when someone’s words and actions don’t line up.  We don’t trust people we decide are fake, phony or unauthentic. We don’t listen to what they have to say, we look for their faults and choose not to build relationships with them.  As fitness professionals we often feel the need to be a perfect example for our clients and athletes.  To do every exercise perfectly and never let them know we have bad eating days or miss workouts.  The only way these short comings become a problem in your professional life is if you try to hide them and are discovered.  When we own our weaknesses we let people in to get a view behind the curtain which makes huge strides in building connections and relationships.  Your clients need someone that they can relate to; they need to know that everybody struggles at something so they don’t feel alone when facing their challenges.

The ability to play to your strengths.  Knowing what I am not good at also helps me to realize what am am good at.  This knowledge is invaluable because it allows me to design my life and work to leverag my strengths and seek to surround myself with those who offset my weaknesses.  I feel it is important to spend time developing yourself in areas of weakness but never at the expense of playing to your strengths.  You will be much more productive and impactful in your professional life leveraging your talents, knowing where they aren’t is the first step to getting there.

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About caseystutzman

Casey Stutzman is an AFAA certified trainer and has been actively involved in the fitness industry since 2004. Since 2006 he has acted as the Head Trainer at the Bay Athletic Club in Alpena Michigan. Casey’s love of athletics and competition drove him in to the fitness industry. He uses his experience as a division 1 college football player, amateur bodybuilding competitor, strongman competitor to help others reach their goals in all areas of fitness. Casey spends his time at Bay Athletic Club teaching Boot Camps, small group training sessions, training clients and working with participants in Bay Athletic Club’s Corporate Fit Challenge program. He also develops strength and conditioning programs and does performance training for a number of local athletic organizations and high school teams. As an Ignite Performance Master trainer and Master Instructor for TRX Casey travels North America to educate and connect with fitness professionals to help them offer more to their clients and athletes. Time outside of fitness is occupied with reading, travel, indoor rock climbing, snow sports and being an active outdoorsman. He enjoys spending free time with his wife Mary Beth, his daughter Vesper, son Indiana and Turkish the family dog.

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