Where did the summer go!? As we wrap up another summer at GreatLIFE, I can’t begin to thank you enough for making this arguably our most successful summer yet. Not only did we have record numbers of rounds played on our courses, we also had record numbers of kids in our Sport Performance Camps, Junior Golf Camps and Junior Golf Tour events. Over the years, our fitness team gets to have a “breather” over the summer months. Not so much this year! Our members stayed consistent with their workouts and took full advantage of our amazing GreatKIDS program. How awesome is that!?
As fall continues to roll in, you may be navigating through your new routines and schedules. As you do so, I’d encourage you to try something new. If you’ve never played golf, come give it a try on any of our 17 courses ! If you’ve never done a group fitness class, find a friend to join you to check one out. If you haven’t put on a pair of bowling shoes in a while, come join a league or have a fun night of bowling with some friends. Whatever routine you land on, remember to make sure you have some time built in to laugh and have fun!
This month’s book was entitled “Upstream” by Dan Heath. I love the way the authors tell the story of what “Upstream vs Downstream” thinking is, why they are both important and why upstream thinking can be so hard. Here are some of my big takeaways:
- Upstream thinking is hard to measure– Most of the metrics the world uses to judge productivity is based off of downstream effort. The example the author used at the beginning of the book with the guys pulling the kids out of the river is a classic example of downstream effort being the measurement of productivity. Fixing the bridge was the upstream action but it’s hard to measure how many kids didn’t fall into the river as a result. Upstream action is hard because it feels better to be applauded as the hero for pulling the kids out of the water vs being the guy who fixed the bridge.
- Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets- As much as I don’t like to hear this, it’s a concept that I NEED to hear over and over. It’s my natural reaction to say “how come they won’t do this or that?” By keeping this concept in mind, it allows me to take ownership of the situation and figure out a way that I can change my approach to change the outcome I am desiring.
- Be impatient for Action but patient for Outcomes- This is another concept that I have to be reminded of often. In my experience, those things that I have to be patient for end up being the most impactful and rewarding.
Next Month’s Book: Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Positive Thought: Be your own hero 10 years from now! I came across a clip of a speech where the gentlemen said to make the you 10 years from now your hero. At first, I was put off by the thought but as I listened it began to make more sense. We are all called to be the best versions of ourselves we can be. If we are able to step back and say “what would it look like for me to be my own hero 10 years from now?”, it’s easier to make the long-term vs short-term decisions. Take a minute to think about what you are doing 10 years from now that makes you your own hero. Take time today, and every day, to become more and more like your hero!