I wrote last month about my self-discovery moment, where I made the decision to push hard to earn a spot at the Leadership retreat in October. It was something that I had given up on because I was so far away from reaching that milestone, just a few weeks before the deadline.
But after a pep talk from a friend, I went full-steam ahead to meet my goal. And I’m so glad I did. Everything I did and learned at the leadership retreat was exactly what I needed to hear at this stage in my business.
This was my eighth time at the leadership retreat, with my first one being when Molly was just a few weeks old. The retreat was something new to Beachbody back then, and being there this year made me realize how huge the company has gotten. The business runs differently now than it used to, which is understandable with so much growth. But the fundamentals still remain the same.
Team-Building Eye Openers
One of the biggest eye-openers for me was during the teambuilding event that was held on the beach. Only one of my team members was at the retreat, so we joined forces with some other top coaches to compete. The energy was awesome, and it was so much fun to bond with new people.
I know it’s easy at a retreat like this to go back to your room during team-building activities. Especially when I didn’t know many people there. I mean, who would know besides me if I bailed out on an event? But I always get something out of activities, and when I committed to going to the retreat I also made a commitment to stay involved.
During the teambuilding activity, we had to work together to complete tasks—kind of Survivor style. Our team was so focused on finishing each challenge quickly that we forgot the most important thing: We had to decide if we were leading or listening. There were too many people vying for attention and trying to finish quickly that we got hung up and had to start over a few times. That said, we didn’t win the competition because our group was trying to move in too many directions at once. (But we did have a great time trying!)
Consistency is Key
This was a great reminder that consistent work over a long period of time is what will bring results. That’s true in business and it’s true in fitness. There’s no quick-fix. There’s no magic formula or magic pill. It’s just consistent, hard work.
Sometimes we get distracted by the shiny objects—a new, “better” way to do things. So we try them. The fad diet or the new business tool that doesn’t really fit our style. These might work for a little while, but eventually they don’t.
It makes me think of the movie Rocky. He was a great boxer, focusing on the fundamentals and consistency. But when he started really winning, he changed things up. He went to a fancier gym, he got new trainers. But it backfired and he started losing. He was out of whack with what got him to the top in the first place. As soon as he went back to his roots, he found success again.
New Core de Force Program
That said, when you’re working out it is important to change it up from time to time so you don’t plateau. As long as you don’t change gears so far outside your norm that you lose sight of who you are.
At the retreat, I had the opportunity to try out Beachbody’s latest program, Core de Force. This mixed martial arts-style workout doesn’t use any equipment, which is perfect when you’re traveling. It’s set up like a boxing match, with several 3-minute rounds of boxing separated by one-minute sessions of cardio. I enjoyed it, but it challenged me a lot to get those punching and kicking moves down! And after, my back was sore from using muscles I don’t typically use. It was fun to do something different.
If you watch my Facebook page, you’ll know that I’m testing out the whole program with some team members. I’ll have results soon, and a challenge group. Stay tuned!
All in all, I’m so glad I had that extra push to qualify for the leadership retreat. I had time to connect with other leaders and really think and reflect on what’s going on in my business and Beachbody as a whole.