I have been in Arizona for the last four days having my brain crammed with information that will enable me to upgrade our prescription at XCF for all things relating to the pursuit of fitness. One thing in particular that stood out this weekend was caring. A model was presented in which competency, reliability, and caring were aspects of a triad that related to trust. The ideal would be to be balanced in the three areas in order to create the greatest opportunity for trust. As I explored three areas I realized I was much higher in competency and reliability than I was in caring. This is not to say that I don’t care. I do. I love my job, the gym, the community, and I have served diligently.
What I came to understand though was that the breadth of my caring was limited by my valuation. My value surrounding those tenets was heavily weighted toward competency and reliability. I felt that if I knew a ton and showed up the rest would take care of itself. I am almost ashamed to write something so cliché but the truth of this statement exploded for me this weekend, which is that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” I care a great deal about serving the folks in our gym well and I hope that with a renewed and reordered valuation of those ideas I will grow as a trainer, we will grow as a community, and more and more lives will be changed in the process.