Hope you’re doing well.
For real though, I really hope you’re doing well.
As I sat down to write I just wanted to start off by saying that Krebs and I give a fuck about how you are doing. In business. In life.
I love fitness, like, really love it, everything about it (well not everything, not fake people that are in fitness and pretend to be passionate…but more about that later). It’s my purpose and then it’s my passion. It’s where I found myself after basketball.
It CHANGED my life. Basketball and fitness got me out of doing some real bad shit. REAL bad shit. It influenced where I am today, it took me through ups and downs, it made me sacrifice, hurt, struggle, persevere, learn, prevail, and then some. Things you do only if you really love something.
This is not storytelling, this is real (shit, I guess its true story type storytelling then)…
…and because of what it did for me, I know what you do for others. And because it’s my purpose, I really want you to succeed because it means you can help more people. The more successful you are, the more reach you have, and the more lives you can touch.
It makes me think about how someone may be where I was and you can help pull them out of the negative to live a greater life. More confident. More fulfilling. More purposeful. Happier.
Isn’t that what it’s all about?
Yeah, we train people…but we do so much more. We help change so much more than just the body. You know it because you’ve seen it so many times.
I’m writing today because I see too many people taking it for granted.
What? you may ask.
The fact that what we do for a living can, and does, make such a change in others. It’s such a fulfilling art (I’m not going to call it a job or an industry…and if you do then you may be in the wrong place) as it helps others and helps us because of the giving nature that makes us happier. But we take it for granted as we sometimes forget how grateful we should be to be doing what we are doing. And we should give it our best effort because it deserves that.
Don’t cheat the art by giving it “kind of” effort or just a “good” effort. Respect the art and give it your all!
It deserves that. The clients you serve deserve that. YOU deserve that!
And this is where you have to step in front of the mirror and look at yourself and answer that question. Are you cheating the art, are you cheating yourself of giving it your all?
Do you study nutrition, training, psychology, self development to help yourself and others? Really? What’s the last book you read? DVD you watched? Seminar or mastermind you attended? Workshop you went to or mentor you paid to teach you to be better at your art?
Are you training hard and walking the talk? Do you have a training group or a support group that pushes you and makes you better? Have you set out some goals for your training? Why would someone invest in you when you are not living what you preach and you don’t feel it’s necessary in your own health? Are you in the absolute best shape you’ve ever been in and don’t need to improve? Then why are you not seeking help (think about what your prospects think about)?
Are you leading by example and inspiring? Not just through training that I mentioned above, but all the actions that you take? Are you living your core values? Do you even have core values written down (and I’m not talking about “borrowing” them from some other guru because they sound good)?
When is the last time you improved customer service and the “experience” in your business? Do you group think with your team to find out what would benefit the members? Do you do surveys to find out what the members want?
Do you communicate with your clients and write great content in newsletters, blogs and on Facebook? Not generic shit but real world info that helps them both with knowledge bombs, but also representing your personality and motivating and inspiring them. Leading from the front while being your unique self! You can’t do “done-for-you” using other people’s personality (I take that back, I see people doing it ALL the time, what I meant to say is it doesn’t work and will make you lose respect!)
NOTE: To provide great info you have to research, study, implement, fail, write about experiences you’ve actually gone through. You have to get better and take action! Can’t fake it….
You are coaching and mentoring your clients but do you get coaching and mentoring for yourself whether it is for training, business, life, relationships (where do you need it)?
I could keep going but I hope you get what I’m talking about.
And we can’t just do all the above all at once, all the time. But we do need to continuously improve and get better.
Otherwise we’re cheating the art, our clients, and most importantly ourselves!
I think we consistently forget that we only have one life to live. ONE.
No replays, no second time around, no rewinding or going back to correct shit. We live and we learn. But so many people float through life not living it to the fullest.
One of the things I keep remind myself about is “Memento Mori”…remembering my mortality…every day could be our last. I don’t say that in a depressing way but rather with a realization that we should give it everything.
Dedicate ourselves to our art and our purpose, train hard and be in the best physical shape we can, so we can then enjoy life and feel great. Do things on your bucket list and do them often, from small to big. Cherish the time you spend with your loved ones and do it as often as possible as those are the things that make life. Put people and experiences before things.
Be great at your art and really give it everything you have. Keep learning and implementing, taking action.
Create a legacy, something that will be felt and remembered after you are gone. Maybe it will be how you inspired someone and that person will pay it forward.
But it isn’t going to happen by putting in an average, decent, or good amount of effort. It will only happen if you give it your all.
How much effort you put in is between you and you. And only you can answer whether you gave it your all!
On that note, let me leave you with a book recommendation and a video.
The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone. Just get it and read it. Trust.
And when in doubt watch a motivational video to start off the week to fire you up.
We just made our own!
P.S. The key is to get up EVERY morning and do this, because it’s your purpose, because it’s your way of life. But for now, let’s just start with today.