Our content over the last month in both our blog posts and podcast episodes has been all about maximizing future opportunities as we consider what’s ahead in 2017. Whether you embrace goal setting or not, the truth is that what you focus on is where you’ll see growth.
In order to create that focus to experience the growth you’re hoping for, it’s important to do two things: 1) reflect on the past (what you did, how you did it, what you didn’t do, etc.) and 2) create a plan for the future.
Given #1 above, as I take a few minutes to reflect, I feel like I was taken to school this past year. 2016 brought lots of changes for us at 321GoProject – in our team, our service offerings, and our focus.
Here are a handful of themes I’ve learned (or re-learned) from those changes in hopes that just maybe you can learn a little something from them too.
Success takes time. There are no magic pills. Very few plug-n-play, easy button answers exist. Success comes from doing the hard work, every day. Doing the little things and creating habits that are often seemingly insignificant, but when added up over time equal your envisioned success. The difference between the people who understand (and embrace) this and those who don’t is astounding.
Every day requires recommitment. Some days you wake up stoked for what lies ahead, to be sure. But, for the most part if you’re anything like me, it’s a daily recommitment to what’s important. It is discipline. It is habits. It is perseverance. It’s the grind. It’s remembering that every choice you make every day matters.
The importance of a good team can’t be overstated. We have a team at 321Go now that is unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of. We are “for” each other, we care about each other’s success and not just our own, we laugh (a lot), and we challenge each other to be the best version of ourselves. And it’s so fun… every day.
Bad people do prosper. While karma is truly what they say she is, she doesn’t always work in our timeframe. Because of that, bad people do still get wins. Sometimes this is a really hard pill to swallow. Especially if you’ve done your very best to take the high road when you know who they really are. That’s ok… trust karma’s timing. Truth always finds its way to the surface, eventually.
Getting rid of the rotten apple is always better when done quickly. If you have someone on your team who doesn’t fit, it’s always better to let them go sooner rather than later. No sense in delaying, they’re only going to spoil the bunch the more you wait.
True character is easy to see if you listen and pay attention. People do actions and use words that define their character, whether good or bad. Want to know if you can trust someone? Just watch and listen to how much it’s about them.
People attract like kind. We are drawn to people we are like because it’s familiar, and comfortable. Whether you’re competitive, or genuine, or arrogant, or driven, or kind, or encouraging, or funny, or quirky, or family-oriented, or faith-driven, or expletive-using, or intelligent, or motivated, or a combination of the above. If you’re a leader, look at the people following you. They are most likely a direct reflection of your own self.
The people who have my respect are those who don’t “need” it. They don’t do proverbial jumping jacks trying to get noticed. They don’t have to post about what they are giving away to get everyone’s “attaboy”. They definitely don’t toot their own horns. They simply lead from a position of (often quiet) strength and character. This truth has never been more apparent for me than this year. Those who are willing to give others the spotlight and even hold it for them, are the ones who, every day, have my respect.
Positivity always wins. Being negative affects not only yourself, but all those around you. We have a private Facebook group with 250+ gym owner clients. This is a portion of our creed… “This is a place where no question is a “dumb” one. This is an arms-wide-open group. We don’t do arrogant. We don’t do unkind. We check our egos at the door. We cheer for each other loudly and unashamedly. We give. We help. We do positive and impactful. All are welcome and all have a voice.” We don’t allow negativity. Period. And it is absolutely awesome and filled with amazing people. This world is full of positioning, negativity, and hard stuff; people want to be around positive people.
What have you learned this year? Do any of the above takeaways ring true for you?
If you’re finding yourself needing and wanting to be around good people, you should consider joining us for the Setting & Crushing Your 2017 Goals Challenge we’re launching through Hub on Monday, January 2. It’s for anyone who is ready for a change.
In it, we offer ways to get organized, the opportunity to assess last year, a plan you can follow, and all the accountability you need to set and crush your goals, while also developing a system to help your athletes reach their goals.
To find out more about the Challenge, click here.
If you have any questions or feedback, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Would love to hear from you!