Fit4Farming reveals 3 key ingredients for success

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The most important thing on your farm is you

As we prepare for the Farmstrong Fit4Farming cycle tour of New Zealand we know there are 3 key ingredients we must have for a successful tour. Over the coming weeks I will go into things more deeply but below are three key things you must have in your kit before you contemplate reading Farming 101.

Firstly Fit4Farming isn’t about smashing out great running times or pushing your body to the limit it is about helping you deal with the ups and downs of living in rural New Zealand. Fit4Farming sets aside the work stuff and focuses on you the person because you are the first piece of the puzzle. Get that wrong and the puzzle can never be completed to perfection.

No self-help book will tell you this but nothing works until you do.

The first key ingredient you must have is your HEALTH. Be the best you can be. If you want to perform to your best you actually need to put aside the excuses and be better than you were yesterday. With a 1400 km tour in front of us the Fit4Farming team must be able to get over niggles, injuries and health problems. To do this we need to be fitter – why should you, in your business be any different? World champion Paralympian Tim Williams speaks about living with his injury and how he made the conscious decision to be the best he could be, again if he can do it so can you.  Go to the local GP at least annually for the necessary checkups  then set about taking control of your life.

The second key ingredient is Healthy Thinking. Farmers who have been lucky enough to listen to Dr Tom Mulholland will understand the power of learning to deal with issues in front of you by learning to think more strategically. Everyone will have a bad day the ones who learn to deal with it are the ones who are best placed to succeed. The recent drop in dairy payout drew huge volumes of fortune-telling about financial ruin which simply sent people down a path of exactly that. Those who saw it as a challenge and acted accordingly will learn and go on to better things.

The third component to success is Support. All the noise from industry about suicide and depression got rural lenders off their backsides, and industry organisations to understand the one fundamental human requirement in life – relationships i.e. SUPPORT. Everyone needs a support network but you can’t sit back with your hand out you must do your bit as well. We are lucky enough to have great support with FARMSTRONG, TOYOTA NZ, NORWOOD FARM MACHINERY, ANZCO FOODS AND B+LNZ behind the Fit4Farming campaign. All these organisations have an enduring relationship with their people which is priceless when the pressure comes on. In your business you need reliable support that believes in you after the handshake and deal is done.


Preparation for the long road starts with yourself

There is a saying that goes “you don’t make the weak strong by making the strong weak” and I tell you what if you are cycling in a bunch into a strong headwind you very quickly realise the importance of staying within the protection of the other riders and not dropping off the back. Support is the number one key ingredient to any success story. To get an easy ride you still have to work hard to stay with the support pack – drop off and you are out the back and it is a very long hard journey from there.

Fit4Farming provides a simple message to farmers. You can get yourselves in a better position financially but it takes some work. The most important thing is to get the basics right with yourself first before you begin to tackle the farm and you will find the ride a lot easier. We will look at things more closely in the coming weeks so if you are interested subscribe to the updates and be part of the FIT4FARMING journey.

Share this with your friends and enemies as without both we would be nothing.


About Ian Handcock

Founder Fit 4 Farming initiative Promoting Farmer wellbeing. Performance coach.
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