6 years ago my wife was just about to go back to work after maternity leave for our son.
During that maternity leave I had slightly reduced my working hours compared to a normal year.
Still doing all the main things that I have to do on a weekly basis, but less in the way of implementing new things and pushing things forward.
During the August I started to give some thought as to what I would do with the extra time now my wife was back in work and our son was in nursery.
One day I noticed a post on Facebook from Paul Mort.
For a webinar he was running.
I’d done a number of seminars and coaching programmes with Morty over the years.
All previously related to running and marketing fitness businesses.
But this seemed to be a bit more about all different areas of life.
So I jumped on the webinar.
And, when he presented a new programme that he was launching from that September to December, it seemed the perfect fit and I jumped in.
Six years later and I’m still on the programme.
An OG if you will.
Each year I have to decide whether I’ll renew or not.
And, I’ll be honest, each year I consider not renewing.
All the thoughts go through my head that I’m sure go through most members’ heads when they’re considering cancelling their membership with us;
– “I’m not using it enough”
– “I’m not getting the same results that some people on the programme are”
– “I could try something else”
– “I could save money and just do this myself”
– “I’ve got a lot on. It’s not a good time. I could come back to it later on”
– “I never keep up with everything”
– “I know what to do, I just need to do it” (I’ll come to this one on Saturday)
But, each year, I renew.
Because I know that I will get more results with support and accountability then I will get without.
I’ll do better working as part of a team than I will going all “lone wolf”.
As we all do.
The saving of that money would be a false economy.
It probably wouldn’t be all that noticeable to start with.
But things would slip slowly over time.
Us humans are very good at being willing to spend money (and time) on things that, whilst fun, cause us to slide backwards in some respects.
But we’re often less willing to spend money (and time) on things that are maybe a bit less enjoyable in the short term, but that provide a longer-term benefits that we actually really want.
My coaching program might have only lead to a 1% per month improvement in each area of my life over the last 6 years.
But without it, it might have been a 1% regression.
After 72 months, we could either be 105% better off or 50% worse off (compound interest innit?).
Just because some others might be getting 5% better every month doesn’t mean 1% isn’t worthwhile.
Becoming ok with “knowingly sub-optimal and done” over “theoretically better but not done” is a powerful change that, invariably leads to better results (it’s www.myrise.co.uk/apply if you’re finally willing to accept this and, counter-intuitively, then get the best results that you’ve ever got!).
And, in tomorrow’s blog, I’ll cover why we often don’t think that we’re getting better results.
Jon ‘Iron’ 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!