GreatLIFE Community,

THANK YOU! After last month’s newsletter, I shared about the stark difference between my deer hunting and turkey hunting experiences over the past year. From the preparation, to the actual day/s of the hunts, both results were a direct reflection of the effort that I put into the preparation. After last month’s newsletter, I had several people reach out to give advice and/or to offer to take me out hunting with them. With 3 weeks left in the season, I decided to refocus and prepare myself the best I could to fill my tag. I spent 3 more evenings sitting in a blind utilizing all the new information I have been given with no luck. With only a few days left of the season, I had one small window to go back out and see if I could fill my turkey tag. As the time was continuing to tick away, I heard the newly familiar sound of a turkey gobbling. Within a few seconds, he appeared over the ridge and started working his way towards me. My heart started racing as it continued to come my way. In this moment, the Navy Seal quote “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training” ran through my head. So, I took two long, deliberate breaths as I have done to start the familiar process, I have gone through so many times before and focused in on my target. With a gentle squeeze of the trigger, the arrow sailed through the air and WHAM…Success! It’s hard to explain the exact feeling in that moment, but what I can tell you is that the number of fruitless hunts made those feelings that much stronger! As I drove home with my tag filled, I had time to reflect on the journey over the past month with turkey hunting and with taking on archery hunting over the past year. I still struggle with using my measurement of success as the end result. However, I am learning to find joy in the lessons learned through the filled tags and the harder lessons learned from the unfilled tags. I went through some of my lessons learned last month but thought I would share an update😊


  • Preparation- Pulling out the navy seal quote, I want to train in life the way I want to show up when challenges come along.
  • Patience- There will likely be several little opportunities that arise that seem like a good idea at the time, but oftentimes we say yes to so many things that we don’t have time when a better, more meaningful opportunity arises.
  • Persistence- Once I have identified a specific behavior I want to have, I knock down as many barriers as possible before they happen so I’m more likely to stick with it when it gets hard!
  • Personal Accountability- Ultimately, I can’t control the end result on much in life, but I can commit to putting myself in the best position to succeed that I can by sticking with the behaviors I have laid out on my daily


As summer is in full swing, we are continuing to create more quality interactions with our Team and our Members through summer camps and clinics, member benefits and appreciation parties. We were able to kick the summer off with our Leaders, Bob and Renae, going all out with turning Suburban Lanes into a Carnival as a way to bring our Team and their families to create lasting memories together! Over the past few weeks, we have also been able to add 3 additional Member Benefits for our members to take advantage of by partnering up with Nekter Juice Bar and Invictus Pizza Kitchen in Sioux Falls and Chaparro’s Tacos in Yankton. We are also in the final stages of finishing up the addition of our Harrisburg fitness location where we will have another facility with basketball hoops to practice on and twice the amount of turf and free weight space as we had before!


This month’s book was another referral from a friend of mine called Unreasonable Hospitality written by Will Guidara. It was about written about Will’s journey that eventually led him into having one of the most successful restaurants in the world. I absolutely loved his book so much that I struggled to narrow down my takeaways but here are a few of my favorites…

  1. Stop spending time and energy running away from what you’re afraid of and FOCUS on running TOWARDS those things you are for!
  2. 95/5 Rule- I have heard of the 80/20 rule used in several different contexts in the past so when he talked about the 95/5 rule he peaked my interest. What Will means by this is that he is so meticulous and careful with 95% of his life and finances that it allows him and his team to go to UNREASONABLE lengths to create an unparalleled customer experience with the remaining 5%.
  3. It is only possible to have one perspective at a time- It’s easy for me to get caught up in to what I think so this was a great reminder to continue to spend time with a variety of people with a variety of perspectives.

Let me know your thoughts HERE!


Buy Back Your Time by Dan Martell


“To inspire people, don’t show them your superpowers. Show them theirs!”

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