With half of February behind us and Spring right around the corner, many of us find ourselves drifting away from all of those goals we had set for the new year. Let’s be real, January is easy and anyone can stick to something for the first 31 days of the year (especially when half of the world is right there with you). For the ones that are still hanging in there, you’re probably feeling like you could use a little extra love and inspiration right about now huh?
Here is a by-no-means-exhaustive list of things you can do - post January - to give your professional life a boost in 2019.
1. Host a Workshop for Your Clients (and form a strong relationship with a top fitness brand)
Standing up in front of an audience and sharing your wisdom can have some serious positive impacts on your professional life. First and foremost, it makes others perceive you as a subject matter expert in your community. In other words, you’ll stand out as a go-to source on any chosen topic - with the upside benefit of obtaining a new customer base. (You might also get media attention and create greater exposure in ways that traditional marketing can’t offer).
For instance, several of our very own TRX Instructors boosted their careers hosting similar events. Senior Master Instructor Ami McMullen had only $8 to her name the day she stumbled upon TRX. At that point, she started making her way through the TRX Education Journey, formed a strong relationship with the brand, and became a TRX Instructor. Since then, she’s owned her own TRX based boot-camp company, has taught more than 300 courses for TRX, and has presented at TRX Summits all over the U.S., Canada, U.K., Italy, Thailand, and China.
Tony Cress, a TRX Certified Coach and Grey Rank Trainer admits that a big part of his business growth the first few years was based on his reputation with TRX. He was known in his Las Vegas community as “The TRX Guy” because people looked to him to teach them about TRX once they became familiarized with it. Tony consistently invests in TRX education because of the value and financial reward it has brought to his business.
If you’ve ever had aspirations of presenting at industry events, developing a resume in your local market is a great stepping stone. Programmers for events like IDEA World Convention, Perform Better, and others rarely—if ever—hire first-time presenters. You’ll need a decent amount of experience before they’ll even consider you. Keep in mind, if you want to run a workshop that’s specific to a brand (think Zumba, TRX, Trigger Point, etc) you’ll likely have to go through their entire education suite and be endorsed by the brand to do so. Either way, getting started hosting local workshops can really up your pro cred in a major way.
2. Do the KonMari - ie. Declutter Your Work Life
Unless you’ve been hiding out in the woods for the last few years, you’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo, who is quickly becoming a household name. Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant who received so many inquiries about her services that she decided to write a book, which has since pushed her into the DIY declutter spotlight. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has sold millions of copies in more than 30 countries.
Kondo recently landed a binge-worthy series on Netflix in which she helps people declutter their homes to surprising effect. Not only do the show’s individuals find more physical space in their lives, they report experiencing improvements in quality of life, productivity, and their relationships.
While Kondo focuses on homes, her principles—aka KonMari—can easily be applied to your career. For example, she recommends cleaning out unnecessary physical and digital clutter (when was the last time you felt the satisfaction of an empty email inbox?), and tossing tools, equipment, or other possessions that don’t get much use or, as she says, don’t bring you joy.
Tidying up might offer more than just a clean workspace.
As Kondo says, “From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change.”
3. Cut Out the Digital Distractions
It happens to the best of us. You sit down at your desk ready to log client data or work on that presentation you resolved to give this year, but instead, you hop on Twitter to share some interesting research on fat loss. Before you know it, you’ve been sucked into the inevitable black hole of social media. Between retweeting, liking, commenting, and starring photos of grade school friends you haven’t seen in twenty years, you’ve lost 30 minutes of valuable work time.
Digital distraction is a real thing and it’s putting a serious damper on productivity. According to Entrepreneur, the average person will spend 5 years of life on social media alone. That doesn’t account for news websites, Google or other online diversions.
But don’t fret; with a little help, you can curb your digital addiction. Here are a few of the many apps you can use to break the cycle and get back to focusing your attention on the things that matter most.
Space claims to help you develop healthier phone habits by giving you a clear picture of how much time you spend logged on. According to their website, Space users spend an average 2:46 hours on their phone daily; the national average is 4:16 hours per day.
We can’t always avoid Facebook, however Mindful Browsing interrupts your use at varying intervals with pictures and prompts asking if you’d like to keep browsing or log off.
If you’re the type that just can’t help yourself, Freedom blocks any time-sucking app/game/website of your choice on any device for a predetermined amount of time. And no matter how much you tap on your phone, you’ll remain locked out of Snapchat until time’s up.
4. Revamp Your Personal Brand
When was the last time you held a magnifying glass to the look and feel of your business? Branding is one of those things that many of us neglect because we get laser-focused on writing programs, training clients, and paying bills. But if you’re still rocking a leg warmers vibe in a compression tights world, you might be doing yourself a disservice.
As stated in this Forbes article, “A brand refresh is critical to maintaining and even earning relevancy in the market . . .” An outdated brand can hurt your earning potential because you may be sending a message that no longer resonates with your target audience.
For instance, if you’ve been doing the the same old exercises, using the same old gear for the last year, it’s time to shake things up. No one ever won any awards by being average and blending into the wallpaper. (Ahem, shameless plug alert...have you considered taking the TRX Suspension Training Course or the Functional Training Course)?
Or if you’re the digital type, try shaking up your sessions with NASM’s Edge app, which allows you to manage every clients measurements, assessments, workouts and more thus helping you reduce clutter and paperwork. You’ll also have access to pre-programmed workouts designed by expert NASM trainers and an exercise library with how-to videos.
Needless to say, if your business has stalled, you’ve noticed a drop-off in clients or students, or your brand would look the same in that Facebook “10-year challenge”, it could be time for an update.
5. Try Something New
Consider doing something outside of your regularly scheduled programming. Trying a salsa class, joining a kickball league, or taking ukulele lessons can do wonders for your creativity and spirit. Plus, it’s just plain fun.
(Fun fact: one of our very own TRX employees belongs to an all-female ukulele group called “The ukuLADIES!”)
It can be easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day of running a successful business, but that also puts you on the fast-track to burnout and job resentment. Giving yourself a regular opportunity to focus your brain muscles on something completely unrelated to work is a surefire way to give your mind a necessary break from crunching numbers and motivating others.
Also, trying something new can improve client relations by way of empathy—especially among those you just started training with and/or those new or returning to exercise. Because fitness is ingrained in our souls, we often forget what it was like to be a beginner. Putting yourself in those clunky “beginner shoes” again can help you develop a deeper sense of understanding for those who are trying exercise for the first time.
On that note, get out there and do great things. Life is all about new experiences and shaking things up a bit - especially when it comes to our professional lives. As Henry Ford once said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
If you’re ready to take on a new challenge, why not start with TRX Education. Check out our 2019 Course Schedule here.