Meet Manfred Hoeberl.
In the mid-nineties, Manfred was one of the top strongmen on the circuit, and a contender for the title of World’s Strongest Man. He was Austrian (form the same town as Arnie in fact), six foot five, and 325 pounds of solid muscle – not an ounce of fat.
At the time he was said to possess the largest muscular arms in the world at twenty six inches in circumference!
For my dineros, Manfred’s best feature was his interviews.
About half of them sounded like they were taken verbatim from an SNL Hans and Franz sketch. On one notable occasion, in ’93, Ol’ Manny was having a hard time recovering from a vehicle pull, and the show’s coverage took a statement from an onsite doctor, who described his condition as a symptom of *sheer size*.
Then, cameras panned to a hunched over and out of breath Manfred who commented (remember, same Arnie accent)…“I’m suffering from …the buildup of lactic acid…in my huuuge mah-scles.”
Don’t think Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey could have scripted it any better.
And they had some zingers…
“I’ve got more mah-scle in my baby finga then you have in your whole bah-dy.”
“Better not open your belt, you might cause a flaaabalanche.”
Anyway, the point of such ramblings?
One of their best (and most apt) slogans is hear me now, believe me late-ah.
In it is contained the essence of what I call *coachability*. Unless you’re coachable, you’re not a candidate for transformation – business, or otherwise.
Being coachable is suspending disbelief, doubt, or judgement long enough to implement what your coach or consultant recommends, and find out for yourself if it’s on point. Listen now, believe when you’ve done it…and experienced the RESULTS.
Anytime I find myself resisting coaching/mentoring/professional advice, I ask (1) how much do I trust the source of the information, and (2) am I being coachable? If the person is good to listen to on the subject in question (i.e. has a proven track record), I think ‘what have I got to lose’ and give it a whirl. This built in truth meter has allowed me to make leaps that would never have occurred otherwise.
A great mentor once told me, “Success is easy. Find someone who’s already successful at what you want to do, and learn from them.”
The Muscle likes.
Don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be.
Chew on that one a bit more as you steady yourself to pounce on those 2020 big goals.
And if you’d like my help with any copywriting of email campaigns or sales pages (or critiquing thereof), lather yourself in baby oil and pump your way to my muscular waiting list to be notified as soon as a spot opens up:
I’ll give you fair warning:
I might not have the accent, but I am prone to obsessive flexing.
Happy Hearing and Delayed Believing,