I’ve had a couple of conversations recently with people about how frequently I contact members.
Earlier I was talking to a potential new member on the phone.
And she expressed that she’d had concerns about joining because a friend had told her “Oh, I heard Jon keeps messaging you all the time”
“It depends what you mean by ‘all the time’ I suppose” I replied.
“There’s the daily blog which you can unsubscribe from”.
“And then beyond that, they’ll be messages about things like social events, which would stop as soon as you said you could or couldn’t make it, and I’ll be chasing you up if you haven’t done what you said you would.”
Because, as I explain when people ask, that’s part of my job.
If someone wants somewhere where they can pay money, not go and then never hear from the people they’re paying money to then that part of the market is already sewn up.
Standard gyms will take your money and only ever contact you when you cancel your Direct Debit.
I’m here to help people get the results that they have told me are important to them.
And sending them messages and ringing them up when that’s not happening is part of making that happen.
Accountability doesn’t work if I give up on my end of the deal as soon as I don’t hear back from someone (it’s www.myrise.co.uk/apply if you really do want accountability. Which will involve me contacting you when you’re struggling and not just leaving you to your own devices like others have before).
But, I have noticed more and more over the last decade or so, that people are feeling “overwhelmed”.
Not just by contact from one particular person or place like me.
But from the level of communication they receive overall.
And we’re more and more tempted to completely switch off to it.
I’ve had people tell me “I just can’t keep up and don’t have the time to reply to all your messages”.
And, when I’ve checked, the messages I’ve sent in, say the last month, would have taken maybe two or three minutes to read and reply to in total.
Out of the 40,000+ minutes that have passed.
The daily blog takes two or three minutes to read, we can choose which ones to read and we can choose not to receive them at all.
Same with the members only videos.
So there’s great power to be gained when were tempted to, essentially, do nothing because were feeling “overwhelmed”.
Question how much there actually is of those things.
How much time and effort it really takes.
Because we’ll often find it’s not as much as our brain tells us.
And, either way, we can just choose to do what we can in the time we do have.
Jon ‘SMS’ Hall
RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!