Fit for Life: Lessons Learned from the Dining Experience!

Saturday 16 July 2022

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On Wednesday night, we decided to go for a walk around Lincoln Woods and then go to dinner at a casual place.

My girlfriend has all kinds of food allergies under the sun so our eating places are limited.

We decided to go to a vegetarian restaurant in Providence.

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I logged my food into an app that we use with our training program and we had plenty of carbs left for the day, so eating at this restaurant would allow me to meet my daily quota.

I ordered their version of the burger, with homemade fries, and ordered a salad. I ordered the meal and then wanted a piece of homemade cornbread for an appetizer. It was a special white plate that came with a bowl of chili.

So, when the waitress came back, I asked if I could have the cornbread without the chili and without hesitation, she said no, it comes with chili, and we only have an equal amount, so we can’t sell it just you cornbread.

Well, that didn’t look good to me. How can a kitchen be so meticulous and make an equal amount of cornbread to supplement the chili?? Who is this perfect? She suddenly calmed down and entered into a deep thought.

My girlfriend was reading my mind and the look on her face knew what I wanted to say. She encouraged me not to, and said to let it go, and not be your usual impulsive self (I call it disguised but…).

My first instinct was to ask the waitress to double check and ask the kitchen if they had any extra cornbread, however, as we rested and enjoyed the evening sitting outdoors, so I didn’t raise the issue.

Then our meals went out, and here’s the waitress bringing a nice new piece of homemade cornbread to the table. Now my night was complete.

I enjoyed everything and thanked the waitress a few times for going above and beyond to satisfy the customer. Her advice was 25% instead of 20% just because she went over the minimum job requirements.

So, what are the lessons learned here?

I have several lessons.

Some are for me, some are for the waitress, or someone else in the customer service field.

First: strength in self-control.

Normally, I would have been more “convincing” to get what I wanted.

I did not ask for a favor; I was willing to pay more for the cornbread and didn’t see any legitimate reason why I couldn’t get it.

But she was incredibly cute (even while telling me no) and we enjoyed sitting outside in nice weather, so I loosened myself with restraint and kept my mouth shut instead of coming down and arguing.

This is a good example of the importance of emotional discipline and knowing when to pick and choose fights.

Never be satisfied. Complacency will kill momentum.

As I said, “naturally” I would not be as satisfied as I was, because when we feel satisfied on a regular basis, life will pass and leave us empty-handed.

This applies to sales, nutrition and exercise. When we feel like we’ve done “enough” to get past it, that kills our momentum to go further.

This was a rare example of my complacency. However, the environment called for it.

If cornbread were that important to me, I would try hard to get my way, however, there are more important issues to spend energy on rather than the current situation.

Adversity reveals genius:

Not the end of the world, but she rubbed me the wrong way when I couldn’t get what I wanted. I always consider these things to be first world problems, even though they were hostile, and it gave me something to think about.

Others may have asked the same question but the chef said no; Maybe she was just following previous orders. Perhaps this was an unusual circumstance for them to get more.

Either way, it made me stop and think and not react to a simple situation that could have escalated into a controversy.

Impulse control. Impulsive decisions create problems.

Just like I said above, acting impulsively can create bad blood between me and the waitress, so taking a second to understand the situation avoids any problems. This applies to everything we do, from eating, spending money to road rage……. Think about the last time you acted recklessly, and I bet it didn’t go well.

Besides the lessons I learned, some lessons for the waitress will be: (if interested)

She didn’t have to say “no” right away and said, I’ll go check with the cook and see if there’s anything more.

In the field of customer service, you want to create an outstanding experience and make the customer feel good.

It is also a good example of problem solving. Never say “no” without first exploring all options.

When she said no, I wasn’t a very happy customer at that point, and that could have been avoided.

(Do I dramatize this situation a bit? Sure, there are still lessons learned that can be carried over to more important situations)

Go above and beyond (which ended up totally just being asked of me) from start to finish.

The moment a person walks into your establishment, they should feel welcome, and you should be excited to be there. The overall experience was excellent, and I will definitely return due to the friendliness of all the staff and the way they accommodated us.

I know this article is not directly related to fitness. However, I try to share the daily lessons learned and relate them to everything we do in everyday life.

Mindset is everything and when we keep our minds open to change and improvement, we operate at a higher level in every aspect of our existence.

When you keep your focus on improving yourself and the people around you, everyone wins.

committed to your success,

coach is dead

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