If you’ve ever heard Joe Rogan’s podcast, you’ll know that he has a specific way of asking questions. He’s not afraid to ask the tough ones and his guests are often left feeling slightly uncomfortable. One question he asked in the podcast that I think we can all relate to is “What is your hunger level?”. This might be one of my favorite questions because it really gets down to the nitty gritty of what matters in life: How much do you want something? How badly do you want it? Is there an intensity behind your desire for something?
You probably thought I was going to talk about physical hunger levels, satiety hormones and what these different signals are telling your body. Not today!
I was having a conversation with a fellow coach and client this morning about leadership. She told me leaders need to be influencers and every leader should ask themselves, “How hungry are you, no really, when you wake up how inspired are you to go after the thing?”. The thing being what motivates you to work hard and push yourself when you start your day. How badly do you want that?
We spoke about being honest with yourself. If asked “On a scale of 1-10, how honest are you?” and you respond with 2, that’s perfectly fine. We have plenty of room to work and grow. If you answer me with ten and we’re not where we need to be, a shift needs to happen in your day to day. You may think you’re at a ten but realize after we take a look at your day to day activity, you are at a 5. Increase your hunger level.
At the end of the day, leaders need to be a lot of things. When I think of qualities for successful leader, I couldn’t agree more with my colleague that being an influence is high on the priority list. The people whom look up to you for leadership should want to embody the energy you are giving off. If you want to be a leader, it’s important that you are hungry for more. Not just hungry in what you’re looking to gain but also for the impact you want to place to better other’s lives. Are they inspired by your words and actions or are they simply tolerating them because of who you are, not what you’re offering? From my experience of being in many leadership roles, I’ve learned this the hard way.
I fell into a leadership role without knowing it while working with personal trainers to develop them into the best they can be. What I found within myself and others is that we need to be internally hungry. Internal hunger is the desire for success and growth without needing it. You already know what’s on the other side. Hunger for the want to be better not just for yourself but those close to you.
During my leadership role, business coaches told me to scale my business by adding more trainers. Doing just this for one’s sake of “growing” ended up hurting my bottom line. I realized that if I wanted success, I had to to replace the want of a “scaled” business to a business full of individuals who embody the same reasons I train personally. Trainers with the same reasons I wake up in the morning: ready to train clients every day.
Physical training done in the gym, is just the stepping stone to what we do as trainers. I’ve said it before: we have the opportunity to push clients past what they ever imagined possible. To witness that new found confidence and work ethic transfer into life outside of the gym, gets me out of bed every morning. That’s what I want to push personal trainers to work for. Yes, money and making a living is important but that will come by. That’s what I want to see, more hungry people who wake up everyday wanting to better themselves and make an impact to those around them.
What is your hunger level? Be honest. It may not be where you want it to be. You may feel its at a 10 and you not where you want to be in your field. Thats okay! Take a step back and ask yourself what you need to do improve that area. No one can change it but you. So take hold of your hunger, push yourself to be an influence and be the leader you have always wanted to be.
– Coach Kyle Glickman