- the quality of being exact; exactness; preciseness; accuracy.
- strictly accurate or correct: an exact description.
- precise, as opposed to approximate
This week’s post is dedicated to Eminem
Apparently this week’s post is going to be about language and using words with exactitude but I wasn’t aware of that until I was half way through so I’m actually adding this at the end after the title and the definitions; my blogging is evolving and I’m not even writing in a linear fashion anymore Anyway enough rambling for now, lets proceed with the original beginning in which you can read about my action-packed week; if you want to cut to the chase, scroll down a bit
I’ve had quite an action packed week so far, with no signs as yet of middle age affecting my energy levels My Mum visited me; in 48 hours we visited two castles, ate out seven times and I gained 8lbs I like castles a LOT and can wholeheartedly recommend both Craigmillar and Dirleton castles as being well worth a visit. A mention must also go to The Sheep Heid in Duddingston, Scotland’s oldest surviving public house; great atmosphere, good beer and great food. All in all it was a really splendid trip
On the training front I’m gradually starting to pick up momentum in the gym now, my performance is consistently improving, I’m increasing the intensity every workout and my shoulder is holding up well; everything is going exactly according to plan
I’ve said it before, and I’ll doubtless say it again, but for a personal trainer Edinburgh is always busy, and this week has been no exception It’s been a hectic week of goodbyes, with two clients heading back to University, one away to Austria and one jetting off to India until Xmas. So, with only 13 weeks to Xmas, I amazingly have a peak time slot free; if you’ve been thinking of getting a head start on 2012’s post Xmas shape up now’s your chance
The Middle Bit
With you up to date let’s move onto the subject of this week’s post – exactitude Unsurprisingly to those who know me well, I’ve been continuing to refine my photo shoot action plan and this caught my attention while I was researching online -
“I’d like to discuss four words and what they should mean to everyone reading this that is embarking on a lean bulk.
Patience – gains come over time, not overnight.
Consistency – one great workout is great, 100 great workouts in succession is progress.
Discipline – keep reminding yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing and why some sacrifice is required in other areas of life.
Dedication – the combination of patience, consistency and discipline. The people that don’t understand may call you obsessive. Everyone else will call you Driven.”
While it was part of a piece on ‘Staying Lean in Bulking Season’ I think that it actually transcends this subject and is universally applicable to any endeavour It caught my eye for three reasons -
- It’s very relevant to my current project
- The precise meaning of words is something that I am very interested in. I’ve written about deciding exactly what you want in reference to goal setting and my love of exactitude extends to words in general. As with the above piece I think that this transcends the field of health, fitness and personal training and has universal applications
- It reminds me of this that I prepared for personal training clients in answer to the oft asked question ‘What should I bring with me?’
‘What will I need to bring with me’
Comfortable training clothes and shoes, a bottle of water and the right attitude. It’s that simple!
What is the right attitude?
It all starts with desire. Once you have the desire to reach your goals you will need to dedicate yourself and become committed to your action plan. You will then need to focus on the journey ahead and drive yourself towards your goal. I will be with you every step of the way!
Exactly what do you mean by this?
Desire – to desire, to wish for – a strong feeling that impels to the attainment of something that is within reach.
Dedication – the act of binding oneself yourself to a course of action.
Commitment – the state of being bound emotionally to a course of action.
Focus – to direct ones attention and energy to something.
Drive – to strive vigorously towards a goal.
As you can see I attach tremendous importance to the exact meaning of words Why? For a number of reasons; I’m going to use the words of others far more verbally dextrous and precise in their use of words than myself here as they have already stated exactly what I wish to convey
- “An astounding measure of human perception and creation of reality is composed of the weaving and manipulation of the abstract symbolism of words.”
- “Despite this overwhelming and universal importance of words to the creation and ordering of reality, the majority of humans misuse these potentially sorcerous tools with exasperating inexactitude, creating realities for themselves that are profoundly disordered and chaotic, because they literally don’t know what they’re saying.”
I agree entirely with the two statements above. They are worthy of in depth study and analysis, as is the following quotation -
- “If language is not used rightly, then what is said is not what is meant. If what is said is not what is meant, then that which ought to be done is left undone.” – Confucius
Or to put it another way; if you are not able to state exactly what you want you will not be able to get it. Furthermore if is easier to state exactly what you want if you use words “in a conscious and deliberate manner, rather than unthinkingly appropriating terms out of convenience or mental lethargy.”
I endeavour to use words exceptionally carefully at all times; my reality is very thoughtfully constructed Indeed you may have seen the phrase ‘Recreate Yourself’ on my business cards and other promotional items. I chose these words with great care; they convey exactly what lies at the heart of LazenbyPT.
verb (used with object)
- to create anew.
verb (used with object)
- to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.
- to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.
- an emphatic – you might want to look this up too, I’m not doing everything for you – appositive of you.
And that dear readers concludes this week’s post; I’m reminded of last week when I said of my photo shoot plan –
“I don’t know exactly where I’m going, but I’ll know when I get there and in the meantime I’m going to settle down and enjoy the journey.”
My blogging is getting a bit like that of late, it seems to be evolving and developing a consciousness all of its own. All I need now is for it to learn to type