I had the privilege of attending our 321Go seminar this weekend at CrossFit Memorial Hill in Kansas City, MO. There was a ton about it that was over-the-top awesome, but I have to say, without question, the best part was getting to hear the stories of the gym owners. Many of these folks have been through some really challenging hardships but are surviving, even thriving. If all gym owners were like this crew, there’d be few industries that could compare.
On the plane ride home, I took the time to reflect on some of my highlights, the takeaways that I don’t want to forget. Here is my list in no particular order:
Gym owners crave time with other gym owners.
When you get a bunch of gym owners in the room, there is immediately an understanding. A camaraderie that is deep. A trust that is felt. Owning a gym is often a lonely spot – long hours spent in constant decision-making mode. Gym owners get each other, and it’s cool to experience.
People are so much more, once you hear their story.
I was given the opportunity to lead a session on “Helping People Tell Better Stories”. At the end, we split up into 2’s and answered the question, “What’s your story?” There were tears, there was laughter, there was deep connection. And, the best part is the conversation continued like that through the entire weekend. It’s powerful what you can learn when you are genuinely interested in another person’s story.
Systems and processes are so necessary to run a successful business.
Ok, that’s obvious, but the takeaway? Not many gym owners have them. CrossFit has such a great name and gym owners are absolutely helping change others lives… imagine how much more powerful we could be if we created duplicatable processes which allowed things to “run themselves”. Gym owners could spend more time on the important things – like being a CEO, investing even more purposefully in relationships, and taking some much needed time off.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed, but you have to just focus on one thing.
Create a list of all you need to do, for sure, but do one thing at a time. Focus on that one thing each day that will propel your business forward, and before you know it, in a month, you’ve completed 30 things. And in a year? You might not even recognize yourself.
Relationships are paramount.
At 321Go, there is absolutely nothing we like more than to really build relationships with our clients. We now have a big handful of new friends whose success we’re invested in!
A big thanks to all those who attended. We loved every minute of being in the presence of such smart and kind people who are making such significant differences in people’s lives!
Written by: Julie Weldon