3 Unexpected Lessons I’ve Learnt From Travelling
I’ve now been travelling around Europe for 4 months.
Before I left England I must admit I was anxious about how things would go business wise when travelling. I was worried about things like internet connection, work space and generally being able to create a productive environment.
In England I had super fast broadband, a big office with leather reclining seats and a quiet home from which I could focus.
Right now, as I speak, I’m outside here in Paris recording this because there’s too much echo inside, I don’t a have fast internet connection and I no longer have an office to work in.
But you know what, that’s ok. I’ve been able to adapt to this and for the better too. Over the last 4 months I’ve discovered 3 things that have resulted in Exceed Nutrition actually growing month by month, and it has nothing to do with having a nice office or fast internet connection.
These are not essentials to creating a great business, but the business approach I’m about to share with you today is. So I want you to really think about what I’m going to talk about in this episode and instil it into your own coaching business. Because when you do, everything becomes much clearer and you’ll be able to see the forest for the trees.
Let’s break these 3 discoveries down:
1. If It Fits Your Lifestyle – IIFYL
We chat a lot about the difficulties and struggles of being a good coach. But I don’t always mention the big word ‘success’. That’s because it’s hard to quantify what that term really means. It’s likely very different for each one of us. I’ve heard people define success as: ‘earning 6 figures’, ‘opening a PT studio’, ‘buying their dream car’, traveling while making an income’.
There’s no right or wrong answer, but here’s what success means to me:
It means having a great way of life, with the ability to enjoy each day, do things I love and share it with friends and family.
It means working 3-4 days per week, keeping a small yet focused team around me, while earning enough to travel the world and buy what I need.
I’m creating a lifestyle, not just a business. I’ve discovered that I don’t want to own a gym – I don’t want to buy a sports car – I don’t want an office that I go to everyday – I don’t want a team of 20+ people working for me.
The most important takeaway point here is that you need to understand what you define as success.
This will be a key driver in keeping you focused on what you need to do in order to achieve YOUR success (and then keep it that way).
Your coaching business will perform based on the way you are designing it.
For example – if you want to travel the world, then opening a gym may not be a great idea.
Or, if you’re traveling the world yet want to live and breathe your business, work 55+ hours a week and build a big team, then that may not be a great option either.
Either way, I believe many coaches are failing in our industry because they haven’t defined what success means to them.
They are caught up in all of this ‘grind’, ’hustle’, ‘get shit done’ crap that Guru’s spit out daily, but they have yet to ask themselves if that’s what they really want, or need to do for success.
Instead, the question I always ask is ‘Does it fit my lifestyle?’ If it does, it stays, if it doesn’t it goes.
So let me ask you this:
- What does success mean to you?
- Do you want a bid home, or do you want to travel?
- Do you want 5 PT studios, or do you want one slick online business?
- Do you want a 3-4-person remote team, or 20+ employees in an office?
The answers to all of these questions will have a massive impact on your life. So think hard, choose wisely.
2. Work : Life Balance
When living in England I was pretty bored, which resulted in me working too much. There was nothing to take my mind off things. I love what I do, which is why I thought I could do it all the time. Since travelling this has all changed. I now work 5-6 hours each day, 4-5 days a week.
Taking more time off has actually helped me grow my business. It gives that much needed downtime to reset and re-charge. Only then can you produce your best work.
If you’re constantly working, or thinking about work, it’s draining your energy and resources. You therefore start to overthinking things, try stupid stuff and get caught up in the details. The result is you don’t end up doing anything worthwhile and you’re just wasting our time.
We all need to switch off, find some downtime and top up the batteries. Working too much is holding you back. I set myself 3 hours a day to produce some epic stuff, which is usually for my students or clients.
After that, I’ll jump into my coaching programmes and help out my students and clients by answering questions, offering feedback and coaching.
Once all that is done, I get out, switch off, explore, do new things and don’t think about business until I start my next day.
So it’s not just about taking more time off, it’s about creating a great life too, one that’s exciting and fun to be a part of. Only then can you truly achieve that work: life balance.
An added benefit to this is that you therefore have to produce your best work, as you don’t have much time to get it done. It keeps you focused on what truly matters to make your business move forward, and what’s really important to achieve your success.
You suddenly realise that social media is a time suck, and something you don’t have time for. You realise that consuming tons of content for the sake of it, but never taking action on any of it, is wasting time too. Working less and enjoying life is key to getting epic things done.
3. Setting a Deadline
Before traveling I had no set deadlines. I knew I would open and promote certain things at certain times but it wasn’t a great approach. Now I work in 8 week blocks. Because every 8 weeks I move to a new city and start afresh.
Now whenever I arrive in a new city, I map out- to the day- an 8 week project that will significantly move my business forward. Then I get to work
So, I’m setting a big goal in a short time frame. And it’s amazing what this can do for your focus and productivity levels. So I encourage you to stop setting yearly goals which provide you with no drive to accomplish them quickly. Work in smaller time blocks and smash those goals and then move onto the next project.
These short time frames have created a sense of urgency for my most important goals, and I literally have a countdown timer ticking away as I move closer to the deadline.
So if you want to achieve a significant goal, such as launching a new website, opening a studio or even getting started in the industry, then set a deadline, a short one that will keep you focused and productive.
Ok, so that’s it. I suggest you go back and think about those 3 key points, let it sink in and truly take action on what I’ve suggested.
- Define what success means for you
- Set short deadlines to achieve BIG goals
- Remember to create a lifestyle at the same time and have more time off
Let me know how you get on with it and remember, if you’d like more help with your coaching or fitness business, then every week I run a totally free online workshop that goes through 4 essential strategies to truly transform your business.
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