Yesterday, I had the experience of a lifetime.
Over the past 6 months, I've been introduced to and also introducing myself to as many new people as I can. Learning and developing with a passion from everyone I cross paths with.
One of these new friends is an extremely successful business man, who recently sold his company for a very pretty penny (we aren't talking chump change here folks....think BIG).
This particular gentleman comes to my gym....(7 days a week, 365 days a year...no joke, didn't miss a day in 2014). We chat here and there, go out for breakfast as a group with a couple of other regulars and have developed a friendship.
This friend is extremely passionate about people and relationships. His experience ranges from security work bouncing doors at the age of 16, to running huge contracted jobs at the Melbourne Airport and Colonial Stadium (now called Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia) worth millions.
Given his success in running a 120+ million company, I knew he and I were put onto this planet for a reason (yes sounds a bit woo-woo, but hey, believe and achieve). I reached out and asked if he would be interested in spending an hour with me, going through some goals.
Just for a little background, you need to understand that he is a big goal setter and often tells me how important it is to have concrete goals. Always probing and pushing me to discover my true calling is. "What are your goals Hayden? What's the 5 year plan?"
and I honestly didn't know how to answer it.....and truthfully, I was a little embarrassed not knowing.
Here I was, helping many PT's set goals and become successful.... Yet I didn't really have goals past 12 months. I mean loosely I knew where I wanted to head, but nothing concrete and nothing written down.
WELL. All that changed yesterday.
We organized to meet at a local cafe for lunch. He told me bring nothing but a new workbook and my good self. I was nervous, but also excited for what was coming up.
I knew this was the chat I needed. To take things to the next level. To stop thinking small and think "why not me?". This is the basis of this post....to ask yourself, "Why not me?".
After we went through my current situation, where I am at, where I put my time, etc., Harry offered some solid advice and already I had gained a lot from our discussion. Simply getting it all out on the table was invaluable. The power of someone truly listening to your situation cannot be matched.
There was one recurring theme....you never know when it's your time, but it will come.
- When it's your time, the money will come in such riches that you won't know where it's been hiding.
- When it's your time, the work will be so plentiful and your life will literally change
- When it's your time, you will either sink under the pressure or swim with the sharks. Your choice.
You need to be ready.
The next stage of our meeting was discussing where I wanted to go with my business, and the steps I need to be taking every day to get there.
We went through 14 principles for life. Things I need to be conscious of at all times and live by. Here are a few:
- Daily 5 and Nightly 3 (The Daily 5 is when you ask yourself, "What are 5 things I can do today to make me better than yesterday?" the Nightly 3 are 3 things that you are grateful for over the course of the day. You write these down in your journal (very important)).
- 20/20/20 Rule (First thing in the morning: 20 minutes of exercise, 20 minutes of reviewing goals and daily plan, 20 minutes of learning (audiobooks is my choice)...Every single day)
- Live Life (do not be scared to spend money, eat well, exercise hard and do the things you want to do. You can't take it to the grave to get on with it, take risks and have fun)
Going through the 14 points was literally life changing. In the space of 3 hours, my mindset was flipped upside down and instead of waiting for opportunities to come, I am 100% driven to make them happen.
Living by the 14 rules will prepare me for what is next.
Along the way, Harry and I discussed different stories and asked me about situations in my life. When I stumbled or he saw an opportunity that I didn't take...he would ask me why...why didn't I take it?
I replied...I don't know...not ready?
He swiftly replied: "Why can't you do it?...No reason...you can, and you will"
Which is the purpose of this post....why not me?
or more to the point: WHY NOT YOU?
Just like Harry, just like me, just like everyone else on this planet, you have the opportunity to be anything you want.
There is not reason why it can't be you who owns a new gym, or why it can't be you who moves to the UK and becomes an online trainer (in fact, one of my clients is doing in the process of this now now...told me this morning he is moving over there, what's the worst that can happen?).
Life is 10% genetics, 90% practice.
Practice your craft and you are guaranteed to kill it.
This is just the beginning, plenty more to come from me, and plenty more to come from you. Show me you can live your dreams.