Nine months ago I started my own business, as well as setting a goal to gain 20lbs of muscle in one year. I was obviously ALL IN with the idea of starting my own business but I took that same approach to bulking up. I had been “the skinny guy” my entire life and finally enough was enough. The further along on these journey’s I went, I quickly realized how much they intersect. Below you will read examples of small mindset shifts I made, that I believe are absolutely critical for success, and how they can yield big results for you – whether personally or professionally.
Trust The Process
This is a mantra I believe in at my core. Regardless if you are starting your own business, trying to bulk up or partaking in any other long-term endeavor, you have to trust that process. As I started my workout plan, I went through social media feeds and saw all these guys that were freaking jacked. What I didn’t see (and neither can anyone else) is the years of hard work, commitment and the process they went through to achieve those results. As bad as I wanted those same results 2 months into my journey, that’s completely unrealistic. I knew it was all going to take time. The same can be said for the business side of things. My dad had a successful advertising agency for 34 years. The clients, the projects, the compensation and the relationships he had were quite different at nine months VS 34 years. His first few months could be compared to that scrawny guy doing his first-ever pull-up. As time went by, my dad gained experience, higher-profile clients and now that once scrawny guy is able to knock out 10+ pull-ups. Fast forward this equation to year 34 of the business and now we’re poppin’ out 50+ pull-ups at the snap of a finger.
There are a few times in the past when I tried bulking up but it was never successful long-term. I think a lot of it has to do with my consistency. Consistency with my training, with my nutrition, with my routine etc. My dad taught me that successful businesses are built on the foundation of strong relationships. I can’t just go to one or two networking events and think “Hmm…I didn’t get any business from that, so it must not have worked. I should stop going.” I learned I needed to be consistent with that approach – just like with bulking up. I have to keep going to the same networking groups and build those relationships over time. Maybe I won’t get a direct lead from someone at one of these events but I don’t know who is in their network. Essentially the people I’m meeting with at these groups are my promoters, my cheerleaders, my advocates. When someone in their network needs what I have to offer, who’s the first person that will come to mind?
When I started bulking in May of 2017, I wanted to gain as much muscle as quickly as possible. When I started my business at that same time, I wanted to build up my client-base as quickly as possible. It probably stems from the instant gratification, constant-dopamine-hit-society we are living in today. A recent clip I watched from Gary Vaynerchuk talked about how the successful ones are the most patient. That struck a chord with me. My dad built a successful business over 34 years….34 YEARS. I have been at this thing for nine freaking months! I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t get frustrated from time to time but I try my best to keep everything in perspective. For every two weeks I feel at a peace and grounded in my approach, there’s always a two, six, or twelve-hour window of doubt that creeps in. When that happens, I turn on some music, put my head down, and keep grinding to get my mindset back in the right place.
Trusting the process, staying consistent and staying patience are all keys to putting on muscle or building up a business. They work in tandem together – like pieces to a puzzle. If I’m not trusting the process as I’m going through my workout program then I’m not staying patient. If I’m not staying patient as I build up my client-base, then I’m not trusting the slow grind nature of starting a business from scratch. One thing I really love about the fitness lifestyle is the ability to relate whatever you’re going through in the gym, to everyday life, or vise versa. All three of these elements can be applied to your life – whatever you may be going through. What’s one thing in 2018 you want to stay more consistent with? Do you find it easier to trust the process when you are intentional with the goals you set? Let me know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter/IG (@ct_kaupp)!