It’s hard to believe but we’ve surpassed the 10 year mark in business. In honor of this milestone, I figured I’d share 10 lessons I’ve learned (no particular order).
1. Often times people’s behaviors don’t line up with what they say their goal is – For example someone will say they want to lose 10 pounds but then they’re not willing to skip the donut. We are all guilty of this and it comes down to focus. When we don’t have it, we have no chance.
2. The tortoise always beats the hare – It’s one thing to lose weight or get into shape but another thing to stay there. The folks who focus on the long-term are the ones who will truly enjoy the benefit.
3. Fundamentals win the day – Although TBBC hot 10 years I’ve been a fit pro for over 20. I’ve seen so many trends come and go but what remains is that the fundamentals win. The big secret is that there is no secret.
4. Nothing beats perseverance – Most people think of perseverance as continuing to press on when things get tough. While that is a big part of it, I’m also referring to just remaining consistent through it all. It’s just doing the things that are in line with your values whether you feel like it or not.
5. Make it easy to do – Life is busy for all of us. If you truly want to be consistent with certain behaviors, reduce the friction. This may mean making an appointment at the gym so it’s in your calendar, laying out your workout clothes the night before, or doing meal prep.
6. Take responsibility – The people who win with their fitness or anything else are the ones that take full responsibility for where they are. The quote “If it is to be it’s up to me” it applies here. While it may seem easier to blame a spouse, no time, kids, or genetics, at the end of the day we all get to choose how we spend our time and what we prioritize.
7. It’s not just workouts – The people who achieve the highest levels of success are the ones who realize it’s not just about working hard. Although that’s a part of it, there are other pieces to the fitness puzzle including mindset/emotional health, nutrition, and rest/recovery.
8. There will be ups and downs – Just as there have been ups and downs in business over the past 10 years you will have ups and downs in life. Fitness and health may not always be at the very top of the list but as long as there is some type of balance over the long-term you’ll be in good shape.
9. Your environment is crucial – One of the reasons I believe so many succeed at TBBC is because of the environment. What I mean by this is the other people who are so caring and supportive. Having the right people around us can help us thrive while being around the wrong people can leave us stuck.
10. Simple is best – Whenever we’ve tried to complicate things in the business, it back fired. It’s the same with fitness. The best program is the one you’ll follow.
Let me know which tip resonates the most with you and why.