GreatLIFE Community,

“One day won’t matter… will it?!” As the days get longer and the warmer temps creep closer and closer, I find myself continuing down the path of justifying why it’s ok to readjust my 2024 challenges. In particular, my quest to learn to play the piano. Last month, I brought you into my journey of learning the piano and what a struggle it has been to even start, let alone see success of any kind. I outlined 4 ways to how I was able to finally get started. There was a 5th point about reflection and refining the plan that has proven to be a pivotal piece to help me get through wanting to ditch the piano and go hang out outside in the sun (which is important as well!). I’m quickly realizing that I have to find a new gameplan for how I’m going to get my daily piano in while still enjoying the summer. The thought process went from “it’s not that big of a deal” to “what’s another way I will continue my journey?”. If you’re finding yourself in a similar situation, I would encourage you to keep going! If that thing is still important to you, don’t adjust the desired outcome, rather look at adjusting your current process to match the desired outcome.

Here are some questions that I ask myself when I find myself at a crossroads:

  1. Have you taken time to reflect on your daily habits that will lead to you being where you want to be a year from now?
  2. Are they still relevant?
  3. Will the change of season change your current habits?
  4. If so, how can you adapt the plan/schedule to ensure you are where you want to be a year from now?

For those of you who are curious, here are a few updates on my journey towards learning how to play the piano:

  1. I’m clearly not going to be the next Beethoven (and I’m completely ok with that! 😊)
  2. It’s taken me roughly 2 months to learn to play “Happy Birthday” (I keep reminding myself it’s about the journey)
  3. As my daughter’s summer sports ramp up, my daily practice won’t change but my current plan will have to be revised again…

As a Member of the GreatLIFE community, we are continually looking for new ways to improve your value and experience. If you have come into any of our fitness facilities over the past few months, various locations have gotten new weights and several new pieces of cardio. Along with the equipment, our Team has worked hard to freshen up the paint and replace areas of the flooring that needed some love. If you find yourself in the Harrisburg area, you will notice the progress on the new addition to the east side of our fitness center there as well. Be on the lookout over the next few months for a brand-new fleet of golf cars at Bakker Crossing and an updated look (and equipment) in the strength area at Woodlake as well.

As you may have noticed, this month’s book “Love your Life, Not Theirs”, by Rachel Cruze was quite a bit different viewpoint to finances as “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” that we read a few months ago. One of my favorite things about learning is to find as many views on a particular subject as possible. The hope is to gain a better understanding on why they may approach that topic different from me even if I don’t agree with them. For me, these two books did a nice job of helping me to understand varying viewpoints on how to look at finances. I walked away with several pages of notes from this book but here are a few of the main things that jumped out at me:

  1. Creating a budget is simply “telling your money” where to go – Define what’s important to me and make sure where my money is going reflects that.
  2. Own your “stuff”-  By taking the mentality of only using money you have ON HAND to purchase things, outside of your home, will keep you from your things being the ruler of your life and your finances.
  3. Only give someone money if you are ok never seeing it again – When you loan a friend or family something, it changes the dynamic of the relationship. If you want to help someone out, give them the money or item with the intent of not getting anything in return. That way the relationship can stay relational vs transactional!

Let me hear your thoughts by clicking HERE! 

NEXT MONTH’S BOOK: “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.

POSITIVE THOUGHT: “Your biggest competition is yourself. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Stay focused on becoming the best version of yourself you can be.”

Looking forward to another month of becoming better with you!


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