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The Car Is Amazing: How About The Chauffeur?

Billy Sheehan
Posted on November 1, 2017
You don’t have to look like this, just feel like it after a good workout.
You don’t have to look like this, just feel like it after a good workout.

The sight of a pristine limousine pulling into your driveway is a lot like a beautiful sunset. No matter how many times you see it, it never gets old. It just feels good to see.

But sometimes that’s where the pristine part of the limo experience ends. As everyone knows, all eyes turn to the chauffeur once the limo is put in park. The chauffeur becomes the voice, the face, and the feel of the company upon contact with the passenger. So the car looks amazing. How about the chauffeur?

Now understand we’re not talking about Ryan Gosling or Giselle type beauty requirements here. Is appearance important? Of course it is (hello!....look at the car!!). But a welcoming smile and a pleasant attitude is life’s big equalizer, and who wouldn’t rather hang with a happy regular Joe than some cranky pants with permanent pinchy- bitchy resting face?

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Want to improve the customer’s experience? Start by improving the chauffeur’s experience! To present a good attitude, we must HAVE a good attitude. And there is no quicker way to the fast lane of good attitude than this.

Exercise
Exercise is recognized as the most effective means of maintaining a good mood and a high energy level. It doesn’t take a PhD to then realize that NOT exercising lends itself to darker moods and lower energy. A body in motion is energized as it avails itself of the physical and mental influence of motion. A body at rest, especially over time, is deprived of this very same influence, and the longer the deprivation, the greater the damage.

How great is the damage?
• Every 40 seconds an American has a heart attack.
• Every 42 seconds an American has a stroke.
• Every single day 500 Americans have a leg amputated because of Type II diabetes.
• Some research shows only 5% of Americans meet the minimum requirement for exercise.
• Every minute of every day, millions of Americans live lifestyles that breed piss-poor attitudes.

I can’t imagine why.

If looking better, feeling better, earning more, and stressing less seems like a good alternative to the nightmare statistics above, here are some exercise tips that professional chauffeurs can begin using right now. (Always check with your doctor before beginning ANY exercise program)

  • Stop reading. Stand up. Sit back down. CONGRATULATIONS! Your first workout is complete. It’s always hardest to begin. Now that we have that out of the way……
  • Don’t wish for more time. Wish for more skill at using the time you have. Look at your schedule every morning with greater attention. Find windows of time where you could walk, stretch, do a few squats or sit ups, or stop by the gym. Exercise will give you more energy, and higher energy levels are the best way to maximize your time.
  • Plan your fitness time before or after work or during breaks when possible. If it isn’t planned it won’t happen. Look at weekends as well.
  • Be prepared. Pack a gym bag before leaving the house. Sneakers, headphones, a towel, your toiletry bag, maybe a change of clothes.
  • Don’t sweat it. You don’t have to bust out into a full on sweat to be more active. Start small and develop the habit of moving more. Everything after that will come easier.
  • Be creative. Stash an old bike at the office garage. Drop a set of dumbbells or rubber bands into the trunk of your car.

As with everything, it all starts with planning. If you want to be more active, you first have to think more active. Stop buying into excuses and start believing in yourself. Your passengers will thank you for it.

Executive Health Strategist Billy The Coach partners with time-challenged professionals to reengineer the relationship between their personal health and professional careers. The resulting balance creates the optimal environment for achieving the highest levels of long-term success. Learn more at www.billythecoach.com

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  • Billy The Coach

     | about 12 months ago

    Anthony and John....thank you for sharing your thoughts. Every day is a new opportunity for all of us to improve; physically, mentally and professionally. It isn't about one person being better than another, but rather the chance for all of us to improve together. By improving WHO WE ARE, we position ourselves to improve at WHAT WE DO. That's a great thing. Winners all around. BTC

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