I went to the gym the other day. It wasn’t a big deal. I try to go as often as I can, because I can’t stand to sit around. My knee had gotten “scoped” three days earlier, so I had been sitting around way too long. I knew I had to take it easy on my knee, but the rest of me needed to move.
My coach, Vinny, was surprised to see me, and proud of me. He said it was awesome that I had come to work out so soon after surgery. But I wasn’t trying to be heroic, or anything close to it. I was just listening to my body (all of it except my knee). Plus, I know from experience that if you skip one workout, it’s very easy to skip the next. And eventually it becomes so difficult to get back in shape that you stop trying.
I don’t want that to happen. Stephen Covey talks about keeping your “saw” sharp – the saw being whatever you need to get the job done. I’ve taken his advice to heart. I know I need to keep moving, to stay in shape. And that’s why I showed up at gym soon after my knee procedure.
It’s also why I try to never stop learning, why I keep networking, and why I always ask new people I meet about their skills. These are the things that keep my professional saw sharp, the way that hitting the gym maintains my personal saw.
What’s your “saw,” and are you keeping it as sharp as you can?