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Move Quickly to Keep Leading

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by Rachel Cosgrove

One of our core values at Results Fitness is to “Keep Leading.” To do that, we have to stay ahead by moving fast. Throughout the years, studying other successful people, I’ve noticed the majority of them move very quickly in life. It seems to be a common trait among leaders, something to take note of and emulate.

 

Last year, when Alwyn & I were vacationing on Sir Richard Branson’s private island, Necker Island (I can’t believe I just said that, but it’s true!), and Richard Branson himself met us to show us around his other island…yes the man owns two islands! Something I noticed right away, after only spending a few hours with Richard (yes, we’re on a first name basis), was how quickly he moves. In fact, we had a hard time keeping up with him! I’ll blame it on us being in vacation mode or on island time, probably too many Pina Colada’s and moving a notch below our normal pace…but bottom line that guy was moving! Many times he’d get ahead of us to connect with one of his employees or make a quick phone call, and by the time we caught up with him he’d have wrapped up his business and we’d keep moving. He was showing us around while touching base with his team and running his empire from his cell phone, all in his board shorts and flip flops, while we were trying to keep up! Talk about productive!

 

Have you ever been walking alongside someone who walks slower than you do? Eventually what happens? You slow down to match their pace to stay together. On the other hand, if someone walks fast you’ll find yourself taking an extra jogging step to keep up. As Jim Rohn has said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If the five people you spend the most time with are walking slowly in life, so will you. If the five people you spend the most time with in life move fast, guess what – you’ll figure out how to keep up! At one point we lost Richard when he got too far ahead of us and had to start jogging to find him.

 

At Results Fitness we used to use an analogy, from the book Good To Great by Jim Collins, of a “Bus.” The idea is that you and your team are all on a bus, each in a specific seat, moving toward one goal or destination. In the past few years we realized the idea of a bus was far to slow moving to represent the speed at which our team is moving, so we traded in our bus for a rocket ship, inspired by the quote – “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on. Especially if it’s a rocket ship headed in a direction you believe in.” – Eric Schmidt

 

Results Fitness is a rocket ship with a team onboard who are all moving faster than the speed of light to infinity and beyond! Every day is extremely fast paced at Results. Our team will always joke that the one thing they never experience while working at Results is boredom. We don’t stop.

 

Recently Thomas Plummer, also a fast moving leader in our industry, posted this story about Jack LaLanne on his Facebook page – “Jack LaLanne had an interesting theory on movement that was never validated before he died. He believed that people who walked and moved slowly died younger than those who always walked and moved with energy and vitality. In other words, if two people both walked four miles, the person who got there more quickly lived longer.

 

His theory was that it wasn’t just a faster pace, it was a total energy the person illustrated in everything he did. He also believed that you could capture this energy by just walking faster, with your head up, and that energy would translate to the rest of your life too. People who are forces of nature in that they are dynamically wired in everything they do get more done, are healthier and ultimately live longer, but more importantly, this dynamic energy also changes the energy around that person too. Can you wire yourself, and your clients, with this energy?

 

Jack believed that this energy came from a willingness to be the leader; the person who is willing to help others become the best they can be. I believe this is why so many clients benefit from dynamic warm ups. This fast moving burst of energy changes their wiring for at least a day or so and carries over to everything they do in life. Walk quickly, move quickly, and be willing to be the source of energy and leadership to everyone around you and you just might make it into your 90s like Jack.”

 

Are you moving fast enough in your business and life to stay ahead and, according to Jack LaLanne, live longer? If not, this is your wake up call to pick up the pace!

 

If you are looking to expand the circle of fast-moving people surrounding you, it’s time to learn more about our upcoming mentorship and mastermind coaching group; an extremely fast-moving team pushing each other to keep pace while changing the way fitness is done! Click here to learn more.