4 Agreements...

Running a good business can sometimes come down to just being a good human being.

The four agreements. 

The four things, as good human beings, that we need to keep in mind and take action on. 

The four things that create love and happiness in our lives. 

Understanding these commitments is easy and simple, but actually living and keeping these four agreements can be one of the hardest things. 

Integrate these four agreements into your life and every area will improve, including your business. 

1. Be Impeccable with your word

This is integrity. 

Doing what you said you were going to do. 

Committing to what you said you would do. 

Saying only what you mean. 

If you said you were going to call the customer back on Tuesday, call them on Tuesday.

It's also avoiding using negative words to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. 

Use your words to drive happiness and love not negativity. 

2. Don't take anything personally. 

What others say and do is a projection of their own reality. 

Nothing others do is because of you. 

When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others you won't be impacted by their negativity. 

Keep this one in mind next time you get one of those nasty e-mails or a bad review. 

Don't take anything personally, keep your head down, stay positive, and focus on your journey. 

3. Don't make assumptions

Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. 

Communicate with others as clearly as possible to avoid misunderstandings.

Whether it's communicating with your team members, communicating with vendors, or communicating with your spouse, don't make assumptions. 

Spell things our clearly, ask good questions and don't assume. 

4. Always do your best. 

This is my favorite one. 

In every moment, you should always be doing the best you possibly can. 

Life is too short for half-hearted efforts in anything. 

Now, an important thing to understand before I go on...

Your best is going to change from moment to moment.

Your best when you're sick is not going to be as good as when you're healthy.

Your best when you're tired is not going to be as good as when you're rested.

That doesn't matter though.

In any situation, always do your best, whatever that looks like at that time. 

Jump higher.

Put 100% effort in 100% of the time.

Always do your best. 

How'd you like the four agreements?

If you liked them I would highly suggest reading the book, The Four Agreements. 

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling

How To Stay Ahead...

*How To Stay Ahead In 2018*

In today's fast-paced world, social media changing every day, and your customers lives busier than ever, how do you stand out?

What has gone by the wayside in the last decade?

We have the ability to automate almost everything...

We can post something from our phone and have it seen by hundreds or thousands of people...

What's missing?

Good customer service.

Actually, great customer service.

Good is no longer good enough.

So, how do you stand out?

Nail the basics.

Excellence in the ordinary.

How you do anything is how you do everything.

When someone calls is the phone answered in 3 rings or less?

If I don't get an answer, is my call returned promptly, ideally in the next hour or so.

Again, in today's fast-paced world, if I don't get what I want, I move on quickly to the 1000 other options.

The same thing applies to e-mail.

Do you e-mail me back right away, or do I have to wait 3 days for a response?

The longer you make them wait, the higher the chance they are going somewhere else.

Do you greet every customer, every single time?

Do you remember their name?

Do you remember when they had a birthday?

When was the last time you wrote a handwritten note to your customers?

Think about it...

When was the last time you received a handwritten note from a company that you bought from?

It allows you to stand out, it allows you to show up differently.

You have a customer that is a repeat buyer, they've spent hundreds or thousands of dollars with you.

They've given you their most valuable asset, their time.

The least you could do is send them a handwritten thank you note or a small gift, right?

It's not going to get any slower...

Things are going to keep changing and evolving...

Peoples lives will get busier and busier...

Go back to the basics, excellence in the ordinary, and grow your business by being memorable, creating an experience, and having such good customer service that people can't stop talking about you.

Energy Crisis

Energy Crisis!

Ever found yourself frustrated, wondering almost aloud:

– What’s wrong with all those employees? Why don’t they get it?
– Why don’t more people start to innovate?
– What’s keeping employees from being more creative?
– What’s wrong with the economy? What’s keeping things from getting going?

Workplaces are suffering a very serious energy crisis.

Go into most any business other than the really great ones and you know and I know that the place is going to feel . . . flat.

If you doubt my doom and gloom, energy crisis assessment, take a look at this data from a Harris Poll cited in Dean Tucker’s great book, Using the Power of Purpose. Seriously—check this out. Of those surveyed:

Only 37% of employees clearly know the company’s goals
Only 20% are enthusiastic about those goals
Only 20% could say how they could support those goals
Only 15% feel like are enabled to work towards ‘em
Only 20% fully trust the company they worked for.

He had the deft wisdom and wit to suggest that one translate that workplace data into what it would mean for a football team. Of the eleven players who get sent out onto the field:

Only four actually know which goal they’re going towards
Even more depressing, only two of them actually care
Only two know which position they’re supposed to be playing when they get on the field.

Only two guys on the team feel like their efforts on the field could actually make a difference.

And all but two players would be just as likely to be rooting for the other team as their own.

Think about that.

Instead of complaining, how are you taking action on this energy crisis?

29 Random Thoughts on My 29th Birthday

On my birthday I could think of nothing more fun than to spend it outlining 29 lessons or random thoughts that I've accumulated over the last 365 days. 

I'll spend my day doing what I get to do every day, my ideal day. It started off with an hour of reading over a hot cup of coffee, followed up by writing this post. I'll then go hang out with my dream team at the gym, get a workout in, and top it off with an evening spent with Megan and Kaden. 

This last year has certainly been a test, in so many ways. 

Like all years, it was filled with ups and downs. 

As I reflect back, it's always more ups than downs, although it never seems it at the moment, the "roller coaster" feel of every day I think is what makes life so fun. 

I hope you enjoy the random thoughts as they're in no particular order and I wrote them as they came into my head this morning :)

Also, as a side note, I write these lessons not only for those reading but also as a reminder to myself, I'm not perfect, I'm here right along with you. 

1. Happiness: That seems to be what we're all after. We want happiness in our lives, in our families, in our careers, etc. Happiness doesn't just come to you after you make a certain amount of money or reach a certain title in your career. I believe true happiness is never-ending. It's being on a journey with a clear direction. It's being a part of something bigger than yourself, standing for something and having values. It's being excited about the process. It's leaving the world a better place than you found it. 

2. Being a part of something bigger than yourself: That's a value that has been more rewarding than almost anything I've come across. I'll continue to always involve myself in things that are bigger than me. Whether that's my growing family, my team, or my business. It's so rewarding to see the impact you can make on someone or something bigger than just you. 

3. Your network is a true reflection of your net worth: As I continue to grow this statement continues to drive home how important who you know is. There are so many opportunities that have come about both in business and in personal life that would have never happened if I didn't know that person. I aim to meet one new person a day. I surround myself with people that are where I strive to be. I surround myself with positive people. All of this has allowed me to grow personally, professionally, and financially. Life is too short for negative people. Life is too short for tired people. 

4. You work for the people in your house: Why do you go to work every day? You hopefully are a part of a positive company that has a strong mission that you're motivated by. However, at the end of the day, you go to work every day to provide for your family.   I'll be forever motivated to make my mother proud, a woman who left us to early, but in her short life did everything for the people in her house. Everything I do is working towards building a better future for my wife, my son, and their future. This one hit home this year especially, and I needed to remind myself of it constantly. I am a workaholic. It's something I've used as a badge of honor, and I do believe it's part of the reason I've been able to build what I've built, however, that could all come crashing down if I don't constantly remember why I'm doing what I'm doing every day. It's for the people in my house, and if I spend the entire time working, I never get to enjoy the people in the house. 

5. Find a partner in crime: This journey we're on in life has it's up and it's down so why not have someone by your side to laugh and cry with you? Megan has been with me through the ups and downs of everything. When it's good she's there, and when I come home screaming to her about a frustration she's right there too. I can't imagine my life without her, and I could only wish the same for all of you. This year has been the toughest for us. We welcomed Kaden into our lives in August, which has been amazing, but it definitely challenged our relationship. She spent the first 4-6 months taking care of him, raising him, and I spent the first 4-6 months feeling like a useless piece of shit. I didn't know what to do with him, I didn't know what to do to help, so I just defaulted to what is easy for me...work. I worked to support our family, yes, but I believe I missed the point. It wasn't until Kaden turned about six months old that we had a turning point in our relationship. I knew if I kept going on the track that I was going (working so much and not being present at home) I was going to lose them. We're by no means perfect now, but I can't thank Megan enough for sticking through this journey with me, and I know it can only get better from here. And as for Kaden, he's now at an age that I really feel like a dad. I got to help him get in the pool for the first time, I play with him on the carpet as he learns to walk, I take him for walks on the beach, and I now, finally, feel like a dad. 

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6. Profit First: We've always been taught finances like this: income-expenses = profit/savings. Meaning, once you get paid, you pay your bills and then try to save what's left. Well how's that working for you? I'm challenging you to reverse that equation so it looks like income-profit = expenses. Automate a certain percentage of your income to come out automatically and go right into retirement/savings. You surely will miss it the first month, but after that, you learn to live on what's after. The government assures they get their chunk first (think of what happens with your paycheck) so why not run your personal finances the same way. Automate a certain percentage automatically to come off the top (pre-tax) and you will thank yourself in retirement. Following this for the last couple years has allowed my family to be financially free, have a long-term retirement plan in place, have a cash reserve for emergencies, and have the financial flexibility to do what we wish. I don't say that to boast, but to drive home the point that this works. 

7. I don't give a damn about what others think: This is not meant in a harsh way, and I'm not saying I don't value people's opinions, but I just don't let what anyone thinks impact my mood. Way too many people are living someone else's dream. They are going to college because their parents told them to. They work in a job they hate because society tells them it's the right thing to do. They make buying decisions (houses, cars, etc) to please the people around them. I do what is best for me, my family, my team, and my clients, in that order, and don't let any negative nancies chime in with their opinion. It seems to have worked out ok :)

8. Dream Team: Everything you see is a result of my team. I may help lead it, but they are the ones that are in the trenches day in and day out delivering our mission of changing people's lives. They work relentlessly, and I would not be where I am, Spurling Fitness would not be where it is, without the devotion of my team. Surround yourself with good people and good things will happen. 

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9. Reverse any goal into what you need to do today: You want to have a million bucks in the bank? What do you need to do TODAY to make that happen? Do you want to lose 50lbs? What do you need to do TODAY to make that happen? Every goal, no matter how large, can be broken down into manageable chunks to determine what needs to be done today. Take any of your goals, and reverse engineer them into what action needs to be done today. 

10. Experiences over materials: I always joke that I could fit everything I own in a Rubbermaid container. Outside of real estate, vehicles, and the equipment in the gym, I don't own much. I have a t-shirt for each day of the week (yes, I'm weird like that), two pairs of jeans, my laptop, and my journal. Now I know I'm missing stuff, of course, but the point I aim to make here is I don't spend money on materialistic things, but instead spend it on experience-based things. I challenge you not to chase the "dream life" of a big car payment, big house payment, and lots of debt (trust me, I've been there). Why? You end up choking yourself out, working every month just to pay your bills, and you never get to enjoy any experiences. You won't remember all the stuff you own, but you will remember the memories you create. 

11. Make it automatic: Go back to my line about profit first. We don't have the discipline to manually write checks into our long-term investments. So instead, I can't recommend enough that you automate it. I automate everything. All bills are automatically deducted, but not until savings is automatically deducted. Every 10th and 25th in my business account and in my personal account a % goes into a long-term savings vehicle, automatically. If it's there you'll spend it. If it's not there, you'll forget about it. Make it automatic. 

12. I wish. That's the biggest phrase I work to avoid. I wish I went on that trip. I wish I tried that adventure. I wish I made that career jump. When I'm 95 years old and sitting in a rocking chair I can only ask for one thing...no regrets. I did everything I could to make an impact and leave a legacy. I don't want to say "I wish."

13. Understanding Your Why:  In his book "Start with Why" Simon Sinek makes the argument that most people know what they want to do, and how they have to do it, but they never take the time to think about why they want to do it. Without exaggeration, this book changed the way I think about life. If you look at the best businesses in the world they always have a very strong WHY. Similar, the most driven people in this world are motivated because they know their WHY. If you know your why, you'll have no problem getting out of bed every morning. You know you'll know your why when you can't wait to go to bed because you know the next thing is getting up and working towards it. For me, I aim to leave a legacy that my mom would be proud of, and a legacy that when I'm gone, my family can say "dad built this." My mom was never around for my "adult" years, she only remembers me as that quiet and awkward (I still am) kid. She'll never see what I've built, but I'm motivated, probably more than if she was still around, to build something she's so proud of. Now that I have my own family, I wake up every day with a very clear picture in my mind. Kaden is in his 60's, and he's showing his grandkids what his dad built, pictures of the family, the trips they went on, the community he impacted, the businesses he built, the transformations he curated, and the people that he inspired. For me, it will never be about counting the hours or punching the clock, it's about doing something every day to build that vision. That picture is so clear, and it motivates me on the hardest of days. 

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14. A Mentor: Who do you go to talk through a tough decision? Do you have someone that aims to not only be there for you but challenges you both personally and professionally? Having a strong mentor in life can be a game changer. For some it's a parent, for others it's a co-worker. It can take time to find a mentor, but if you find a good one they will take the roof off, and make you grow further than you ever thought possible. For me, my mentor, Pat, is my second dad. I've called him on a Sunday afternoon freaking out, and he talked me through it like it was nothing. He challenges me, in a professional way, but more so in a personal way, to make sure what I'm building constantly works me closer to my ideal life. On the flip side, earlier this year, I was called a mentor by my Director at Spurling Fitness, Josh, and it motivated me so much. Being able to be a mentor to someone is so rewarding. 

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15. Freedom is what we're all after: Freedom to do what we want when we want. Now, I'm not saying sitting on the beach all day with a cold drink in your hand. That sounds good, but I would bet after a couple weeks of doing that you'd get bored and have no satisfaction. We want financial freedom to be able to travel and provide for our family. We want freedom at work to be home on the weekends with our family. Each move we make every day is moving us towards more and more freedom. 

16. Hire an Expert: If I told you that there is this slot machine where if you put $10 in it and once you do that you get $20 back, how many times would you do that? I'm not sure about you, but I'd do that all day long. That's what hiring an expert does. I pay a lot to have an expert business coach, but he's easily made me seven figures that I would have never made without his help. I hire an expert bookkeeper and accountant because together they've saved me thousands. In whatever area of life you're trying to get better at, hire an expert. It will save you time and money in the long-term. 

17. Ask the right questions: If you're looking for the right answers you need to ask the right questions. I spend the bulk of my time thinking about what questions I'm going to ask someone. Whether that's a question for someone on my team, a question to another business owner, or a just a question to my wife. If you want quality answers, ask quality questions. 

18. Listening: It's the largest skill I continue to aim to develop. Make no mistake about it, it's a skill that needs to be practiced. We think that listening is this passive thing where we can just sit back, but if you want to truly listen to someone it's an active exercise. That being said, truly listening, being in the moment, and making that person feel like they are the most important person right now is so much more valuable than anything you say. Most people are not listening, they are just waiting to respond. 

19. You get paid for done: I got this line from my mentor mentioned above, Pat. He always drives that home. Ideas don't mean anything, we get paid for done. This is not only true in business but true in life. You get "paid" when you complete something. Pay does not have mean money, it means you get what you're after. Setting fitness goals is great, but if you never take any action they'll always remain goals. Setting income goals is great, but if you don't take action they'll always remain goals. Analysis paralysis can be our biggest weakness. Take action and execute. Ship it! 

20. The more books I read the more I grow: According to Brian Tracy one hour of reading a day will put you at the top of your field in three years. Within five years you'll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do. Everything I've learned has come from the people I've met and the books I've read. I aim to read for an hour a day, it is a priority to me, and it's where I gain a large chunk of my development. 

21. Play: I think the older we get, we forget to play. As kids, we do a nice job playing, but for some reason, the older we get, we forget to have fun, to play. Trust me, this is just as much of a reminder for me as it is for you. I take things very seriously. I will do anything to hit my goals, and when I'm into something, I want to be the best in the world at it. However, I always remind myself, that when we're at our best, we are making things a game, we're having fun, we're playing, I believe this so much that one of our core values at Spurling Fitness is play. Each session needs to have play in it, how I lead our team needs to have play in it. If you want to be successful in fitness you need to make it fun. In order to love your career, it needs to be fun. 

22. We trade good problems for better problems: Life will always be full of problems. I have caught myself in traps where I try to do get rid of all problems. The reality is, life will always be full of problems, it's just a matter of exchanging good problems for better problems. Last year you didn't own your own house, now that you do, you traded that problem for the problem of making sure to pay your mortgage each month. Last month you had the problem of being unhealthy and not working out, now you have the problem of balancing going to the gym with work and family. We all have problems. The goal is not to get rid of the problems, that will drive you crazy, but instead, trade good problems for better problems. 

23. If you write it down, it will happen: Every goal I've ever accomplished started with a scribble in my notebook. Whether you're after a physical goal or a fiscal goal, write it down. I'm sure there's a bunch of research that supports this, but I just simply know that If I write something down there's a very strong chance it will happen. If I keep it in my head, the chances of it happening pretty much disappear. 

24. Have a clear and documented vision: Where does all my "stuff" go when I write it down. My personal vision. What is a vision? A vision is a "picture" in the future. For example, where do see yourself on May 10, 2021, three years from now? Take the time to document what you want your life to look like, document what you want to be doing for work, what kind of trips do you want to go on, what you want your finances to look like, what you want your average day to look like, everything. Everything gets writtend down in the vision. Read that vision every morning, and make sure what you're doing that day is moving you a little bit closer to that vision. Take that vision and break that down into yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily action items. Take a day to map this out, and read it every day. This exercise has changed my life. 

25. We don't deserve anything: I'm a firm believe in everything we want we must earn. The reason you can call my business a success is because my team and I have literally put blood, sweat, and tears into it. I'm pretty confident that I work harder on my business than 99.9% of people out there, and that's why it is where it is today. While some are enjoying television, I'm usually working on the business. While some are okay with punching a clock, I never stop, looking to always make things better, 24/7. While others blow money on coffees, I stash it away. In the world where everyone gets a trophy and we have kids graduating college thinking their poop doesn't stink, we need more people driving the message home that we don't deserve anything, we earn it.

26. Thank the people that got you to where you are: I'm all for hard work and building what you want, but nobody gets to where they are without a little help from others. This year I've tried to spend more time going back to the people that helped me and thanking them. The biggest was my dad. My dad and I have never been super close, and he shows about as much emotion as a white wall. He still has yet to buy even the smallest of gifts for Kaden, he may not remember to call me today on my birthday, but he's still my dad and I love him. When I first started the gym, I had no money. Six years ago, he let me max out his credit card to pay the first months rent of my first location and buy some equipment. Six weeks ago, I found out his apartment complex was up for sale and he had to be out by the end of the month. I remembered that day six years ago when I called him to tell him I was starting the gym and he let me max out his credit card. Six weeks ago Megan and I bought him a condo he'll get to live the rest of his life in. I had to return the favor and thank him. Now, that's the biggest example, but even a simple handwritten note or small gift to the people that have helped me the most is of the utmost importance to me this year. I lost friends years ago for not being thankful for what they did, and now, I try to always remind myself that they are always people that are helping me get to where I am, and it's the same for you. 

27. Success is never a straight line: That picture that we've all seen of the two lines, one is straight, and the other is filled with a bunch of squiggles. That is the perfect image of what success looks like. There will be bumps, there will be setbacks, but those that work through those and continue to push forward will come out on top. Again, all of this is true whether we're talking fitness, business, or life. 

28. Values are guardrails: Another golden lesson I got from my coach, Pat. Take time to develop your values and they'll act as your guardrails. When you look at a tough decision go back to your values. When you're wondering if something is right, go back to your values. Make decisions and live a life based on your values. This, again, became super important this year, as I needed to constantly remind myself of my values to make sure I wasn't performing in ways that are building 

29. 1% Better: This is the motto I live by. Every day I try to be a better person, a better husband, a better father, a better son, a better business owner, and a better leader. 1% better every day. It's keeps me hungry yet humble. It's everything.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. 

If you're reading this you've impacted my life in one way or another and all I can say is...

Thank you. 

I look forward to another great year. :)

Doug Spurling

What's the Value of ONE?

Meet our client, Christine. 

She's a middle-aged woman, single, and probably summed up as our "average" client. 

She works in banking, but not super high up, an average income. 

When I met with her for her orientation she was about as hesitant as they get. 

She had never stepped foot into a training gym, only tried some group exercise classes before, and couldn't understand why every membership was over $150 per month. 

We did a decent job on day one, I got her to try a month at our lowest tier, and off to the races she went. 

If we stopped there, I'm guessing we would have missed out on at least $10,000 in revenue just from her, and that's conservative. 

We continued with our strong onboarding program, over delivered, and then all of the sudden we sit back and watch the magic work. 

After about 2-3 weeks she came up to Mel, our Director of Customer Experience, and started crying. 

She had never been successful in the gym before and she was finally seeing results. 

She loved the daily e-mails and she looked forward to the check-ins and accountability calls. 

Long story short, Christin has been with us for about a year now. 

She upgraded her membership to our highest option, joined our nutrition program, buys her supplements from us, and is obsessed with our rewards program where she gets points for everything she does, including 400 points for every referral she gives us. 

In a very conservative number, she has given us at least $10,000 in her short time here. 

That's a pretty big jump compared to the $150 she committed to in the beginning. 

Here are a couple big takeaways:

1. Remember the value of one client: We spend so much time trying to get new clients, yet there is so much to be made from our existing clients. The story above is cool, and she is having great success. Imagine if you can multiply that by 10, 100, 200, clients? 

2. The first 90 days are so crucial: That's why I'm such a firm believer in having a strong onboarding program and something like a Client Lifecycle Checklist to make sure every client goes through the big milestones. If we dropped the ball once with the above story that could have made the difference between a client for life and a client for a month. 

3. Never assume: When I first met with Christine I knew if I was able to close the sale it was going to be tough. I probably assumed that she just was miserable and not going to want to pay for anything like our service. Luckily I was able to get her to try it and build the value from there, but I caught myself making assumptions that were never true. 

4. Every piece of the puzzle matters: The follow-up process, the success session, the greetings, the workouts, the community stuff, the accountability stuff, and all the extra things we all do to go above and beyond for our clients. When we're in the trenches we don't realize the impact it's having, or when we're building out one piece of the puzzle we don't realize how integral it is to the entire thing, it all works together. 

How do you go above and beyond for your clients?

More importantly, how do you stay consistent delivering a top-notch experience to all clients so that can WOW every single person?

 

 

 

 

What's Your Daily Number?

Raise your hand if you want more revenue?

But do you know exactly how much?

I don't mean some round number like "I want to make $5,000, $10,000, or $100,000."

I mean, based on your annual goal setting (you did that, right?), how much do you need to make this month?

From there, you're going to update your daily sales number, every day. 

So, at the beginning of the month, if you want to make $10,000 and you're open for business 24 days, you're daily number on the 1st of the month is $416. 

$10,000/24 = $416.

Now, the most important part, it's updated every day. 

Meaning, it's going to look like this: 

Monthly Sales Goal - Money Collected Month to Date / Days Left in Month = Daily Number

For example:

$10,000 - $4500 / 15 Days Left = $366

Your daily number changes every day with the fluctuation of your sales. 

This number should be top of mind every morning, driven to your staff, and updated at the end of every day. 

Remember, what gets measured get managed. 

If you want to grow your sales, you have to aggressively measure it. 

  

A Meeting Flow...

Meetings seem to get a bad rap.

And trust me, I'm all for meetings that are a complete waste of time (corporate america style), but when used right, I think it's one of the best tools for business growth, delegation, and team development. 

In our business, we have 7 different types of meeting. 

I know, it sounds like a lot, but they all serve a purpose. 

Now, just like any post here, you need to be able to take the goodies out of this and tweak it to your business because we're all at different stages. 

So, here are the 7 different meetings we have, how they're structured, the benefits of them, and how you can fit it into your business. 

1. Annual Planning Meeting

It all starts with this. 

Once a year we get together as a team and we plan out the entire next year. 

We go over our vision and what are our values (another post for another day). 

We make sure everyone is on the same ship with the reason why the company exists. 

Then we take a look at our 3-year goals. 

These are probably a little fluffy because they're 3 years out, but they are certainly beneficial. 

Basically, as a team, we ask ourselves what does the business want to look like in 3 years?

How many team members?

Revenue?

Clients?

Big projects/changes, etc?

It all starts with this. 

Because...

After we set the 3 years, we take each of those and reverse engineer it down to a 1-year goal. 

And that is the real point of this annual meeting, leave with really SMART goals for the next year. 

It sounds like a lot, but as you get a few under your belt, it becomes just updates to each goal and getting a little more clear on our 3-year goals. 

For us, this takes about 4-6 hours, but we leave with crystal clear goals for the next year and who is responsible for each goal. 

2. Quarterly Planning Meeting

This meeting obviously happens every quarter and is basically a stripped down annual meeting.

We talk about wins from the quarter, what's working really well, what's broken, and what are things we want to add. 

However, the meat of it is discussing are we on track with our 1-year goals. 

We know if we are because we set quarterly rocks. 

Basically, a mini version of the 1-year goal. 

So, if the 1-year goal is to do 1 million dollars in revenue, a quarterly rock or goal may be to make sure we're at $250,000 (ignoring seasonality ). 

Or, if it's a big project, like overhauling your operations, what does 25% done look like?

We end this meeting with a really clear list of 3-7 "rocks for the quarter. 

3. Weekly Team Meeting

For me, this is probably the most important meeting, and if you don't have any meetings I would start with this one. 

It's at the same time every week, that's important. 

It starts with wins and highlights from each team member for the week. 

We then go over our Scoreboard (search that word and you'll find another post I did on this). 

Basically, are we on track for our monthly and quarterly goals. 

We go over any big headlines and things going on. 

This takes about 15  minutes. 

The remaining 45 minutes is spent discussing one big topic. 

For us, we rotate each week, so each week a different team member has the floor for the 45 minutes and they get to choose what topic they want to present on. 

We end with a recap, action items for the week, and we rate the meeting. 

4. 5-15 Individual Meetings

I've also written about these in the past and I think they are awesome. 

For me, my manager does these now, but if you play that role, you would do them. 

All they are are 15-minute meetings with each team member. 

Josh does all of his on Wednesdays, so it only takes him about an hour or two. 

It's basically a weekly check-in on them. 

Put the focus on them. 

How are things going?

How is the workload?

Any rocks in your shoe?

Anything keeping you up at night?

We also go over their individual responsibilities, making sure things are done, and make sure they know about all the big things going on in the business. 

So that covers the 15 minutes. 

Where does the 5 come from in a 5-15 meeting?

We ask them 5 questions before the meeting (we use a Google Form), that way we can prep for the meeting. 

It's a combination of the above questions, and we change them every few months so they're not answering the same questions. 

5. Leadership Meeting

This is probably for most of you, the least important, but as you continue to grow, it becomes important. 

For me, this is really the only meeting weekly (I also lead the quarterly and annual meetings) that I'm super involved in. 

It's a 30ish minute meeting with my manager on Mondays. 

We go over how last week went, any issues, and then discuss the plan for this week. 

Any big events, any big schedule conflicts, what are the 5-15 and team meetings going to look like, etc. 

Just keeps us on the same page. 

6. Coach's Meeting

Again, this one may no directly apply or be necessary for you, but on Tuesdays, just the coaching staff meets. 

They go over programming for the month and usually rotate a weekly topic to go deep into (cues, nutrition, a certain injury, etc)

7. Daily Huddle

This happens every single day. 

It's only 5 minutes, and it's STANDING (very important to keep it at the pace it needs to be). 

It's a quick update from each person about what they have on their schedule and to do that day and if they need any help. 

Melanie (my admin) also goes over any big headlines for the day and what our daily numbers are (leads, sales goal, etc). 

We high five, and we're off. 

Melanie after the meeting writes down what everyone said they were going to get done that day on the whiteboard in the office so there is some social accountability too. 

5 minutes, but SUPER helpful. 

So, there you have it.

Our meeting flow. 

It sounds like a lot, but let's think about it....

5-minute daily huddle is 25 minutes a week, lets' call it 30 minutes. 

15 minute 5-15 meeting. 

45-minute coach's meeting

60-minute team meeting 

And 30-minute leadership meeting. 

3 hours a week, at most, if you implement all of them, that's like 8% of the week.

However, if done right, it saves you a ton of time, everybody is more efficient, there aren't 100 questions coming to you each day, and everyone is on the same page, knows the plan, and you don't have all that wasted chitter chatter throughout the week. 

Finally, it's important to keep these meetings moving, efficient, and actionable. 

Here are 3 final tips:

1. Have an agenda and stick to that agenda.

2. Squirrel: If someone is going on a rant and it's getting to be wasteful, someone yells "Squirrel" and we know it's time to move on

3. Always end with a recap and going around the room with each person listing their action items and a rating of the meeting (1-10) so you know it was an effective meeting. 

So there you have it. 

Hope this helps. 

Do you have any meetings right now? 

What questions do you have?

PS: Any of Patrick Lencioni's stuff is really good when it comes time to this topic, especially "Death by Meeting."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Can You Add More Value?

In a world where there’s an option for every service on each block, it’s pertinent that you differentiate yourself.

Now you can do that several ways in the bigger picture including brand development, marketing differentiation, service offerings, etc.

However, on a daily basis you can also differentiate yourself by asking this one question each and every day…

How can I add more value?

Why can Disney charge $100+ per ticket, and other amusement parks can only get away with charging half that?

There are several reasons, but the biggest and simplest reason is their perceived value and how much value they actually give is just so much higher than any other amusement park.

So I challenge you to strategically think within your business how can you add more value?

This could be literally anything…

It could be remembering each customer’s name that walks into your business.

It could be rewarding long time customers with gifts of appreciation such as hand written cards or small gifts.

You could improve the experience that the customer has as they enter your business with an upgraded lobby, nicer products, or having a range of different service options for each customer.

Adding value does not have to be a “homerun” thing…

Sure, top of the line materials, top of the line equipment, and top of the line furnishings will have a perceived higher value.

However, in a day and age where people hide behind technology, don’t answer their phones, and don’t follow up with customer wants and needs, nailing the basics could be added value.

Do you return e-mails and voicemails in a timely manner?

Do you remember clients birthdays, anniversaries, or special achievements?

I always tell my staff, there is no point in giving the client gravy, if we haven’t got the good mash potatoes down fist.

Nail the basics!

We’re all in business to make a profit, support our families, and make an impact on our community.

I truly believe that starts by looking at every aspect of your business and asking yourself how can I add more value?

If you focus on that not only will you see your numbers grow, but also more importantly you’ll make more of an impact on your customers lives.

What's The Vibe In Your Facility?

We spend a lot of time on marketing, lead generation, and business growth strategies.

And rightfully so, leads are one of the lifelines of our business. 

However, something I don't think we spend enough time on is the product itself. 

What do people see when they walk into your facility?

What do they see when you're on Facebook Live or posting a picture on Facebook?

You may not realize it, but they're making buying decisions based on what they see before they even step foot in the door, or at the first impression when they walk in. 

Remember, for most us, we're trying to sell to the people that don't like gyms, their scared, nervous, and hate to exercise. 

Our programs have to be great (safe, fun, results, etc), and that's another post for another day, but what about the look and feel of your facility?

So...

Here are a few things that I always focus on to make sure the vibe in the facility is strong.

Now, before I go on, this probably falls under that catchy word of "culture" and I understand that each culture is different, and there are plenty of gyms in dirty dingy warehouses with no windows doing just fine.

I also know that some of these may be limited by your landlord and you have to again tweak it to your business.  

I'll share what I try to focus on and you take it and see if anything applies to your business.

1. What Do They See From The Street?

Seriously.

When they drive by do they see a well cared for landscape?

Is it welcoming or is it dark, no lighting, and the paint chipping?

Do you have clear signage that tells people exactly who you are and what you do? 

Whether you like it or not, people are making judgments based on the outside of your facility. 

I have stories of people driving by dozens of times, too nervous to walk in the door and check out the facility. 

One lady in fact told me that she pulled into the parking lot and sat there for over an hour before she mustered up enough confidence to walk through the doors and check us out. 

Imagine if it was dingy, dirty, and not welcoming.

What are the chances of that person ever walking in?

Will they? 

Maybe.

But having a bright, clean, and welcoming facade definitely increases the chances. 

2. What Do They See When They First Walk-In?

Do they open the door and step right onto the gym floor or do they have a clean and organized spot to sit, change their shoes, and store their stuff. 

Again, I know every situation is different and some of us are limited by square footage, but I think it's important that there is a separate space for clients to be that is not "gym space."

It's clean, has some well take care of flowers, freshly painted walls, maybe some nice photos/testimonials of clients, and ideally, they're greeted within 3-5 seconds of walking in the door. 

There's nothing worse than walking into a space that is dirty, cluttered with papers everywhere, and there's nowhere to "settle in."

Again, I'm not talking a huge space, I think the size depends on your facility size and goals of the space, but I do feel it should be a part of the design. 

Once you have the space, keep it clean and organized. 

It's almost worse to have a "lobby" that is dirty, papers stacked everywhere, and your leftover chicken container on the counter then to not have the space. 

Side note: This not only applies to the first impression of someone walking in but also all of your social media content. Make sure you pay attention to what's in the background and that it looks clean and organized. 

3. What does the gym space look like?

Do you train mostly women, but have dark colored walls with holes in them and chalk dust everywhere?

If that's the vibe you're going for that's cool, but If not, it's worth the fix. 

Freshly painted walls.

Client recognition plastered everywhere (posters, chalkboards, bulletin boards, etc). 

Clean lines. 

The purposeful design of the equipment placement, everything has a specific place, is stored well, and clean. 

Clean floors. 

Good smell. 

Something I challenge you to do...

Every day when I walk into the gym the first thing I do is walk the path that the client would walk. 

I come in, change my shoes, head to the front desk, check the bathrooms, proceed to the warm-up area, make my way to the strength area, walk the edge of big metabolic turf, and go back into the lobby. 

Almost every day I notice something. 

A cobweb in the corner, a piece of toilet paper on the bathroom floor, or a piece of equipment that needs maintenance. 

These are the things our clients are noticing. 

Can you put a quick coat of paint on the walls to freshen things up?

Can you put a nice arrangement of flowers on the front desk?

Can you better organize the equipment so it looks cleaner and flows better in a session?

Can you have an artist come in and paint some cool graffiti on your walls to add some energy?

The answer to all those questions and any of this stuff is dependent on what kind of culture you're trying to build, but I do think every little detail matters. 

Mark Fisher says "Culture should bleed from the walls."

I think a lot can be perceived about your facility based on the look, feel, and cleanliness of the space. 

4. Your External Stuff

What I mean by that is anything outside of the facility like social media, website, print material, etc. 

Does it match your brand?

Does it match what people will ultimately see when/if they walk into your facility?

Use the same header for all your print material, consistent branding. 

Do the colors on your website match the colors of your brand, which matches the colors of your facility?

I could go on for days, but I think you get the point. 

Everything is a representation of your brand. 

If you're going to charge $300 a month at your facility the brand/look needs to reflect that. 

It sounds small, but it all matters. 

I'd love to get a great discussion in the comments...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KLT...

No, that's not a typo for BLT.

KLT.

It's the acronym that most people don't follow when it comes to building their business. 

"I tried a Facebook Ad once and it didn't work..."

"I sent an e-mail and it didn't work..."

"I did ______ and it didn't work..."

Sure, we can probably look at the creative, the offer, and who it was put in front of, but most of the time it actually has to do with KLT. 

Know

Like 

Trust

Before anyone buys anything from you they have to go through all three stages. 

And stages is the keyword. 

It takes time. 

The first stage is the "know" stage. 

Why would I buy your product if I have no clue who you are or why you exist?

In today's world of ultra-competitiveness, you have to use the "people buy people" strategy. 

Whatever platform you use (social, blog, video, etc), you have to share things that don't ask for the sale or anything like that, but they just show your audience who you are, what you do, and who you're right for. 

Think of it the stages of a relationship. 

This is the coffee date. 

So...chances are if you threw something out there and it didn't stick it might have to do with the audience not even knowing you. 

Stage two is "like" you. 

Use the relationship example above. 

You may go on that coffee date and realize you don't really like the person. 

That's okay. 

Move on. 

It's the same thing in business. 

Once people get to know you, it's your job to find the people that like you. 

And just in relationships, there are going to be people that your product/service are not right for, and that's totally fine. 

However, you have to use different platforms to get people to like you. 

So, once they know you, now you can aim to get them to like you. 

Maybe you do some Facebook Lives were they can see your personality and your product. 

Maybe you give away a free guide. 

The Ultimate Guide to ______(insert type of business). 

That allows you to show who you are, and they can decide if they like you, and then ideally build that third stage of...

Trust. 

Ultimately, in order for someone to buy from you, they have to trust you. 

The level of trust depends on the product and price point, but even a $5 purchase on Amazon involves a little trust. 

Trust in your product may be showing social proof (testimonials) of others who have enjoyed your product or service. 

Trust is delivering what you said you were going to do. 

So those are the three stages. 

Know 

Like 

Trust

You can't expect a single transaction to take place until you've moved the customer/client through these stages. 

So think of this next time you through a Facebook Ad out asking people to buy and chuck it up as "it didn't work" after two days. 

Think of it as a relationship. 

Coffee Date > Dinner Date > Date > Engaged > Married

How much time do you spend getting to know that person, like that person, and trusting the person, before you ever ask for their hand in marriage? 

Business is the same way. 

 

 

 

 

My Biggest Struggle...

Social media is great at showcasing what's going well in life...

We post the "highs" of our life, share the big moments, and filter photos.

We don't spend enough time talking about what we're struggling with, what's tough, and how life is not perfect.

Let's face it...

We all have problems, some of us are just better at hiding them than others.

Today I'll share one of my biggest areas of opportunity, the area I strive to improve daily.

It causes fights in my marriage, it impacts my life as a dad, and it's driven me crazy to point of tears.

I have an enormous knack for being a visionary.

I dream big and hit almost any goal I set out to hit.

I would consider myself a very successful business owner.

That being said...

I suck at being present.

I'm terrible at enjoying the moment and being present.

At any given time I'm thinking about what I can do better, ways I can do more or grow more, filtering ideas through my head, or staring at my screen, and meanwhile, my soon to be six-month-old son and wife are enjoying a laugh as he grabbed his spoon for the first time.

I constantly stress about what I can do better, how I can grow my business, or how I can make more of an impact on my team or my clients, meanwhile, never picking up my head to enjoy what's going on TODAY.

I hear the lines from everyone of "it goes by so fast, enjoy it."

I nod my head, but in reality, my actions don't match.

It causes me to not be the best father or husband I have set out to be, and that makes me sad to type, but it's true.

Two months ago I started doing a morning meditation and today I hit my first milestone of 500 minutes (there's that damn goal setting again).

I use the app Headspace for those who want to try it, I highly recommend it. If it helps one person, this post was worth it.

To say it's been a life changer is an understatement.

Am I perfect?

Hell no.

But it has forced me to slow the fuck down, and maybe once a day pick up my head and enjoy that new sound my son made, or to actually enjoy the thirty minutes on the couch with my wife at night instead of thinking about everything that's not done or a business idea.

We don't spend enough time talking about our struggles.

I struggle to be present, I know that, my team knows that, and my family knows that.

I just hope that I'm a little better at it today than I was yesterday.

That's all any of us can hope for with whatever we're struggling with.

Progress, not perfection.

Don't Be All Things to All People...

Maybe this is a life lesson too, but in business, you can't be all things to all people. 

As much as we want to help everyone, if you want to make a stamp on this world, make an impact, you have to hone in on who you're going to help.

Being all things to all people will not only water down your message, but it will spread your efforts thin. 

You'll end up mediocre at a lot and great at nothing.  

The $10 buffet restaurant talks to certain people compared to the steakhouse that charges $90 a steak. 

The iPhone has never been advertised as cheap, yet it has a cult-like following, compared to the "smartphone" you get for free if you sign a contract.

The environment you need to create at a boutique clothing store compared to a department store is completely different. 

What's the difference between the $2 gallon of ice cream and the $8 scoop of hand-churned locally made ice cream?

A story. 

A message. 

A brand. 

People. 

Not right or wrong, just different. 

The restaurant that has Italian, American and Chinese options all on a giant menu is sitting vacant in 2018 while the specialty restaurant that has 5 incredible dishes has lines out the door.

Focusing on one market and one product allows you to dump all your efforts into it and become the best in the world at it. 

That's what's needed to make an impact. 

Plus, you'll sleep better at night not thinking you have to have a solution for every Tom, Dick and Harry. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Much Are You Willing To Change?

There's always the frustration from business owners about where they are and where they want to be. 

More revenue. 

More help. 

More profit. 

Whatever the case may be, you want more. 

But you have to ask yourself an important question...

How much are you willing to change?

Are you still running the business the same way you did ten years ago?

Heck, the iPhone was invented ten years ago and look at how far that has come. 

Are you approaching 2018 with the same mentality, procedures, and operations as you did in 2017?

Then why would you expect a different result?

Same input = Same output. 

If you're happy with where you're at then maybe you don't need to change anything. 

However, if you're wanting a different outcome then you have to be willing to make a change. 

Are you wanting more business?

Change your marketing and/or your product. 

Can you not find the right help?

Change your hiring process. 

Never have enough free time and stuck doing it yourself?

Change and/or create systems for your business. 

Just like anything else, I know it's easier said than done, but if you want a different outcome in 2018 you need to change something. 

How much are you willing to change?

I don't know. That's up to you. 

What I do know is the more you continue to evolve, change, and get better, the more growth you'll have. 

 

 

Small Business Tip: Right Message, Right Moment, Right Medium

Do you get annoyed when you don't get the response you expected when marketing? 

Keep in mind...right message, right moment, right medium. 

I hear a lot of frustrations from small business owners about not getting any responses from their marketing. 

You can look at a few different ways. 

Was it the right message?

The right message is a message that resonates and talks to your customer. 

A message is about clearly stating here's what I'm about and here's why you should choose me. 

Was it the right moment?

You've heard all those crazy statistics like it takes 7-10 times for someone to see your message before they buy. 

That's true, but it also has the be the right moment. 

I'm probably not going to respond to a barber shop message until my hair needs cut. 

Your job is to make sure I see the message at the right moment. 

Was it the right medium?

If you're a restaurant you can be all over Instagram showing off pictures of your delicious entrees. 

That may be the right medium. 

If you're selling geriatric services to the elderly I'm not sure if Instagram would be right medium. 

You have to be on the right medium, which is the one your customer is on. 

Follow the ABC acronym...

Always Be Marketing. 

But don't overcomplicate it. 

All marketing is just being on the right medium, at the right moment, with the right message. 

Fill Up Your Cup...

Fill up your cup. 

No, I'm talking your beer or wine cup...

I'm talking YOUR cup. 

I think as humans most of us are motivated by serving others. 

Whether that be in our career, as a parent, or to a loved one, deep down, we are highly motivated and highly fulfilled by serving others. 

Sure, we have some lofty goals of more money and better and bigger things, but ultimately our largest drive comes from being there for others. 

It could be more memories with your family...

It could be doing volunteer or community work...

Or just the fulfillment of watching little Johnny run the bases. 

If you really think about most of your superficial goals (fat loss, money, etc) it's usually to be a better servant to others. 

So how do you do that?

Fill up your cup.

You can't pour from an empty cup. 

Take care of yourself first. 

I know, it sounds so cliche and you've heard it before, but I see it as my duty to keep it top of mind. 

You can't take care of others until you take care of yourself. 

Do you want to be energetic for your kids when you play with them in the backyard?

You need to take care of yourself first. 

Do you want to be around to see your granddaughter get married?

You need to take care of yourself first. 

Do you want to do philanthropic work, work that lasts well beyond yourself?

You need to take care of yourself first.  

In order to be the best for others, you first need to be your best self. 

This means exercising regularly, eating clean, and managing your stress and sleep. 

It's not rocket science, but it's the truth. 

Remember...

You can't pour from an empty cup. 

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling

Laps Around the Track...

That's how I try to think about this whole journey we're on. 

Laps around a track. 

The more laps you can make around the track the more progress you'll make. 

Now, your first thought might be why don't I just keep sprinting around the track?

Well, that sounds great in theory, but in reality, can you always be sprinting full speed?

Of course not. 

Throughout a year and throughout life you're going to go through ups and downs, times of focus and not focused, and times of motivated and not motivated. 

The laps around the track analogy really has four main components with the overall premise or analogy that progress is laps around the track. 

Sprint. 

Throughout certain times of the year, you can really put your head down and sprint. 

You can make some really good progress, you can cover a lot of laps. 

This may be what you're doing right now. 

Typically we find sprints work well in January and September. 

This is a time frame, usually 60-120 days where you're hyper-focused and ultra-disciplined. 

You may be working out 3-5 times per week. 

You're very consistent. 

You're saying no to a lot of things. 

You may have a "dry" time where you are not drinking any liquid calories during this sprint. 

If you were to rate how focused and disciplined you are on your fitness and nutrition you would rate it a 9 or 10 during this time frame. 

This is also the time frame where you try to really accelerate your results. 

Then we have the jog. 

Now, we can't be sprinting all the time. 

One, you'll get burned out.

Two, you won't enjoy the long-term process. 

As you jog around the track you're probably rating your fitness and nutrition a 7 or and 8. 

You're working out consistently, but you're not perfect. 

You're eating clean 80% of the time, but you may say yes to that social on Saturday or have the Pizza on Sunday. 

You may get some results, but you certainly can't expect them to be as drastic as during "sprint mode."

Remember that track analogy. 

You're jogging so you're getting laps in, not as many as if you were sprinting, but certainly more than if you were walking.  

Walking is the third part of this four-part analogy. 

Here you're just trying to maintain. 

Life may be a little hectic, nutrition is probably a 5 or 6, and you're just trying to stay above water. 

You're making progress, you're getting laps in, but you certainly don't have the commitment and drive to jog or sprint, and of course, the results match that. 

Finally, the fourth part....

On the sidelines watching. 

Here, you're not doing anything. 

You're not making any progress around the track because you're not even on it. 

You're not getting any results and your nutrition is probably a 2 or 3. 

You're frustrated. 

Alright...

So that's the four stages. 

Sprint.

Jog. 

Walk. 

Sidelines. 

*MOST IMPORTANTLY: You need to have a very clear understanding that throughout this next year you will go through all four stages at some point and that's totally okay. 

However, be aware and know that you're goal is get as many laps around the track. 

So if you're on the sidelines just watching right now don't get overwhelmed, just start walking. 

Literally and figuratively. 

Start with something small and easy just to get the motion going. 

If you're walking, you're making progress, and sometimes life gets in the way and that's all you can do. 

However, if you plan on making any substantial progress in 2018 you need to map out at least two times this year where you're going to put your head down and sprint, and two to three times where you're jogging. 

So, if you look at a 12-month calendar I'm probably sprinting for four of them, jogging for five of them, walking for two of them, and on the sidelines for one them, on average.

Make sense?

Let me know if this was helpful. 

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling

What Are You Changing?

As most of you are now a week or so into your journey towards your 2018 goals I'm here to ask you one question...

What are you doing differently?

Seriously. 

Think about it. 

What have you changed in these last ten days that you were not doing in 2017?

If you can't clearly answer that question you're basically hoping that you'll achieve goals but still doing the same things. 

One of my mentors always tells me the line...

"If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got."

Now, we don't need to change things up like crazy, but if you're expecting a different outcome some variable needs to change. 

2 + 2 = 4

If we want it to equal 5 we need to change one of that variables. 

So, what variable are you changing?

Are you getting more frequent workouts?

Are you eating fewer calories?

Are you getting more protein?

Are you sleeping more?

Are you doing more self-care like meditation?

Are you eating more vegetables or drinking more water?

I say this next line with all the love in the world...

Most people set goals and then never change any of their actions. 

So, my challenge to you is to really ask yourself what are you willing to change to hit your goals?

If you didn't achieve a goal in 2017, don't keep trying to squeeze a square peg into a round hole, change a variable and see what needs to change in order to make it happen. 

Unfortunately wishing and hoping is not an action. 

Don't get overwhelmed with it. 

Just pick one variable. 

One action. 

Execute on that for the rest of this month, then we can stack something else on top of that in February. 

However, don't let yourself get analysis paralysis and end up not doing anything. 

What are you changing?

1% Better. 

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling 

The Power of No...

Remember as a kid how easy it was to say no?

Heck, we got yelled at all the time for saying it to our parents.

"Eat your veggies."

No!

"Do your homework."

No!

What happened?

As adults, we have a hard time saying no to anything that comes in front of our face. 

We aim to be all things to all people and say yes to everything. 

More work projects?

Yes!

More commitments on the weekends?

Yes! 

More late night events?

Yes!

Whatever happened to saying no?

Today I'm challenging you to think about the power of no. 

Remember this...

Every time you say yes to something you're saying no to something else. 

When you say yes to staying late at work you're saying no to family time. 

When you say yes to that new job title that sounds fancy and comes with more responsibilities you're saying no to weekends home with your kids. 

When you say yes to things that are not a priority, you're saying no to things that are. 

So, how do you know what to say yes to and what to say no to?

Priorities. 

You have to first set rules for what is important to you. 

If going to the gym 10x per month is something you want to make a priority and say yes to what are you going to say no to? 

Maybe that means not staying late at work. 

Maybe that means saying no to sleeping in. 

Or maybe that means dad is going to cook dinner tonight so mom can go have some "me" time. 

Saying no to things allows you to say yes to your priorities. 

It allows you to say yes to things that actually matter, the things you enjoy doing, that thing that makes the biggest impact. 

The more you say no to, the more focus and attention the things that you do say yes to get. 

Thus, you get better results to those things. 

Remember, we all have the same 24 hours. 

I know you always hear it, but it's the truth.

Albert Einstein had 24 hours.

Mona Lisa had 24 hours. 

Gandhi had 24 hours. 

I have 24 hours. 

You have 24 hours. 

So why are some people so good at getting things done and making an impact each day and others just can't seem to get out of there own way?

Some have the power of saying no to things that are important to them. 

Saying no is freeing. 

It simplifies your life. 

It gives you more time to do the things that make you happy. 

So...

My action item for you today. 

What is one thing you're going to say no to?

What will that allow you to do more of that matters?

Reply and let me know. 

1% Better. 

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling

Do I Turn Left or Right?

You're driving down a winding road and you come to a stop sign. 

You roll your window down and ask the guy on the street...

"Hey, do I go left or right here?"

What's he going to say?

"It depends on where you want to go!"

That's just about the perfect example of how we approach our life goals. 

We react to every bump, we don't know whether to turn left or right, we want to ask for help, but we don't know where we're going. 

Start with the end in mind. 

That's your vision. 

Imagine asking for directions without knowing where to go. 

What does success look like in three years?

Start with that. 

Right now you can call it "Project 2020."

Too many of us don't know where we actually want to go, thus, we set some arbitrary goals that sound good, complain about the present, and then take scattered action. 

However, if you know where you're going, then we can plug that into the GPS and come up with a clear plan of action, a set of directions. 

So, we're sitting together and it's December 31, 2020. 

What is life like?

What time do you wake up?

What do you do before work?

What do you do for work?

Where are you living?

What does it look like?

Who are you living with?

Who's a part of your family?

How do you spend your free time?

What do you look like?

What do you feel like?

What makes you happy?

What are you contributing?

Describe it all (tip: write it in the first person, as if you were actually there)

Paint a picture. 

Then from there, and only then, can we work backward and start to move towards that vision. 

Life is about constantly moving closer to your vision. 

We do that by being clear on what that is and then breaking that into goals. 

Take some time to paint your picture. 

Get clear on where you want to be. 

I like to go about three years out at a time, and every year refine the vision. 

Start with that and then you can set some goals to get you there.

That way you know whether you need to turn left or right...

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling

It's Not There...Stop Looking

We all know the Wright Brother, right?

They are the brothers credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. 

They invented the airplane, they didn't invent flying. 

The ability (science, universal laws, etc) for something to fly through the air has always been there, it just took the determination and hard work of the Wright Brothers to make it successful. 

The materials the plane was made of already existed, it just took the creativity and grit of the Wright Brothers to put it together. 

You have everything you need. 

It's all within you, you just need something or someone to bring it out. 

Everything you potentially need for success in life you already have. 

Nothing is new. 

There is no quick fix for anything you want, fitness or otherwise. 

There is no detox that "cleanses" you. 

There is no magic pill or new exercise that is instantly going to give you the results you're looking for. 

Everything you need you already have within you. 

Everything you could possibly do or possibly know is already out there, you just need to find it.  

How long does it take to feel inspired?

Zero seconds. 

How long does it take to be committed?

Zero seconds.

How long does it take to put a smile on your face?

Zero seconds. 

Time is not what you need more of. 

What we need is to use all of our potential.

We all have the ability inside of us to achieve any goal we want, we just need to bring it out. 

We all have the ability right now to smile and instantly feel a little happier. 

We all have the ability right now to make a better decision. 

We all have the ability right now to be more consistent...

...to work a little harder

...to be nicer to each other

...to feel more inspired. 

It's right here, right now. 

It's just a decision you need to make.

So, stop looking for this "magic secret" or the "quick-fix" because it's not there. 

Instead, look inside, inside you, everything you need is right there. 

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling