I was out on one of my thinking walks the other day and was reminiscing about a workshop I had attended the weekend before. At this fitness conference, one of the speakers, Martin Rooney asked us to do what I thought was a ridiculous activity. He wanted this room full of fitness professionals to stand up, jog in place with our hands in the air and sing the theme song from Rocky. I was remembering how annoyed I was when he asked us to do this. After getting up much earlier than I usually do on a Saturday, driving for about an hour in the cold rain, running through the parking lot dodging big puddles of water, and making my way through the crowd to find a seat, I was looking forward to sitting with my coffee in hand and listening to the presentations all day. I had ZERO interest in participating in this foolish activity. I started looking around the room to see if anyone began to follow his instructions and saw a few who were starting to stand up. I thought to myself, “I am getting too old for this crap”. He then said, “C’mon, everybody up”. I succumbed to his request and then adrenaline started flooding my body. Normally I like adrenaline because I am a high energy person but not on this particular morning and certainly not before my caffeine! We all proceeded to sing and jog. He obviously was not happy with our lukewarm performance and said with an even louder commanding voice, “Start again! This time louder!” The room filled with more energy as everyone sang a lot louder and with more passion and enthusiasm. He got that entire room of 200 fitness professionals to jog in place with our arms overhead and sing the theme song from Rocky loudly with energy and excitement – It was electrifying!
The theme song from Rocky naturally made me think of my pet hamster when I was a kid. As a 9-year-old girl that movie had enough of an impact on me that I named my pet after the main character, Rocky Balboa. Rocky was a regular guy with all odds against him who overcame obstacles to become the heavyweight champion of the world. I am sure he didn’t feel like waking up in the middle of the night to eat raw eggs and go for a run in the cold, dark air but he did it anyway!
Over the years I have attended numerous workshops where the speakers ranged from being arrogant, boring, funny, interesting, knowledgeable, etc. but I have never been to a workshop where one of the speakers made me realize that my whole life has prepared me for my chosen field. I have never been to a workshop where one of the speakers inspired me to write my first blog. I get to wake up in the morning and inspire people every day! I get to teach them that like Rocky Balboa, with hard work, sheer determination, and just doing it anyway, we can achieve whatever we set our minds to.
– Kim Musikant