Happy Monday!

The other week I was in Ohio for Lewis Howes’ Summit of Greatness. Lewis hosts a podcast called the School of Greatness (free on Itunes) where he interviews some of the most successful and inspiring people he can find. If you get a chance to check it out, it is a great listen. 

At the Summit Brendan Burchard (a prolific writer and motivational speaker) was educating the crowd about the habits of High Performance people. 

I liked his talk immensely and wanted to share with you what I learned. 

Burchard and his team did an immense amount of research to accumulate this data. These habits are not his opinion they were gleaned from the research. 

High Performers

1) Seek Clarity

Who do I want to be? 

How do I want to show up in this situation? 

What do I need to master to get to the next level? How can I best be of service to my world? 

2)Generate Energy

High Performers know they are responsible for the energy they bring to situations. 

They can either be the sunshine or the rain cloud. 

3)Raise Necessity

High Performers know they must create a sense of necessity and urgency for their actions or they will procrastinate or move too slowly toward their goals. 

4)Increase Productivity

High Performers know they must do the work in order to meet and exceed their goals. 

One of my favorite quotes from the weekend was, “When Opportunity knocks don’t be surprised to find that it is WORK who will answer”. 

5)Develop Influence

High Performers know they have impact and reach and they work to develop themselves and their influence on those around them. 

6)Demonstrate Courage

High performers speak up for themselves, their ideas and others. They make tough decisions and go forward with integrity. 

Lewis Howes saved Brendan Burchard’s talk for the end of the weekend and it didn’t disappoint. It was really interesting…

I suspect that many of you do many of these. 

As I saw the list I realized there were a few areas I was really falling short, and I’m committed to working on those areas. 

I hope you find the High Performance Habits helpful in not only your fitness journey but your life journey. 

Let’s make it another great week! 

Committed to your success, 

Megan K and the team

Happy Monday –

This week’s pep talk is about motivation. 

From time to time I hear from clients “I’ve lost my motivation” or “I just can’t seem to make myself do xyz”.

The great and tricky thing about motivation is that it comes from within. 

Motivation is a choice. This means that if your motivation fire dims, you can refuel it or rekindle it. If you “lose” the motivation fire, t is also up to you to find it…

One of my favorite author’s Brendan Bruchard writes in his book The Motivation Manifesto:

“Motivation is not an impulse of the body or a personality trait; it is an intention and will of a free and conscious mind. Motivation and pursoe are choices. The only thing needed to spark motivation is a decision to heighten your ambition and expectancy- to sit down, think about what you desire, and believe you can go get it. To keep that motivation, you must give constant attention and effort.” 

Most of us are working toward goals of some kind and it is very normal to experience ebb and flow in excitement, enthusiasm and willingness to do the work. The reality is that the more we do the work, and show up (<—consistency), the easier it become and in turn the more motivated we will be. 

Very rarely is the pursuit of a goal we are after, always going to be easy. 

Hang in there. 

Remember that how we show up in life is our choice and we can always choose to do better. 

We believe in you, 

Megan K and the team

Happy Monday –

This weekend I was in San Diego to spend time learning from author Brendon Burchard at his High Performance Academy. 

The ticket to his event was a birthday gift from my dear friend Sonya (the owner of several Boot Camp locations in Northern California). 

True story, I didn’t really want to attend the event. 

I love events. 

I love personal development but I really wanted to throw a party or go on a trip- strictly for fun- not for work or education. 

BUT she convinced me that attending an event for Free (thank you Airmiles and Sonya) on motivation, taking one’s self to the next level etc. was right up my alley…

She was right, of course. 

But the playful side of me really just wanted to play…

A lot of material was covered and I did get in some fun time at the beach so I think I managed the best of both worlds. 🙂

The author taught us many things this weekend- several of which I’ll share over the course of the next few weeks and months- but the biggest one I wanted to leave you to contemplate was the following:

What do you want for your life? 

How do you want to live? 

How do you want to be remembered? 

How are you setting your standard? 

Too often we set our goals, dreams and aspirations based on what we believe to be just slightly beyond possible or solidly possible. 

This is setting the bar too low. 

We might have a “set point” or “ceiling” on what we believe we can accomplish that comes from our parents, our teachers or our co-workers. This set point might be too low. 

If you had asked me 5 years ago if I would have 2 fitness studios with 18 employees I would have said, possibly.

But if you had asked me 10 years ago I would have said no.

10 years ago, I didn’t know how to dream and I had lost hope for a future of possibility. It took really hitting an awful place in my life to see that life didn’t have to be what it was, it could be a lot better. 

Whatever you want for your fitness, your health and your life is possible. 

Remember to dream. 

Megan K and the team


Happy Monday-

I look forward to writing the Sunday pep talk every week, whether I write it a few days ahead of time or that day in real time. 

I enjoy bringing you a solid dose of inspiration or at minimum what I hope will be thought provocation. 

This week I’ll confess I’m absolutely spent. 

I can hardly keep my eyes open and it is 7pm! 

So I’ve borrowed something I sent out a year back…

some of you may have seen this before (if we’ve been together a long time) but it is a message so important that I figured you’d forgive me for repeating myself. 

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Teddy Roosevelt once said that “comparison is the thief of joy”… I would go one further though and say that missed expectations are right up there as happiness thieves as well, but I’ll come back to those later… 

The interesting thing about comparison and expectations is that we do both to ourselves (with our thoughts), which means we can choose to do better. 

One of my favorite things about coaching a person through his/her personal fitness journey is that it is just that: personal. We all have our own goals, histories, likes, circumstances in our lives, genetics health considerations etc. 

All of these factors impact the journey- so with that being the case why would we ever compare ourselves to others? It doesn’t make sense to compare.

But we do it, right? 

You compare. 

I compare. 

She compares. 

He compares. 

No good comes of it.

I’m intensely proud of all of you and our clients here at Fit Body Boot Camp. (Not that what I think matters- the only thing that truly matters is how you feel about your own results/journey.)

You’re accomplishments are remarkable and your commitment to being healthier and better versions of yourselves is what drives us to do what we do. 

I firmly believe that most everyone sees numbers that align with their expectations and desired outcomes, but every now and then this isn’t so. 

It is a sad time for us coaches when we meet with a client who looks great, feels great, has had others notice how much fitter she/he is looking but then the numbers don’t show as “big of a difference” or as “dramatic a change” and then the disappointment sets in. 

It is a bit bananas how much a person can let those numbers impact her/him.

But we do let the numbers get us down…because we see that “so and so lost 15 lbs in one month” or “such and such is down 10.5 inches”…and comparison sets in. 

You have your life. I have mine. She/he has hers/his. 

And if YOU are feeling better, have more energy, are looking more like how you want to look then who gives a toot what the numbers say? **The exception being if your body fat is in a dangerous place and you need to get it down for health reasons**

It is your life and YOU need to decide the pace at which you want to go and how great you’re going to feel while you do it. 

I’m not sure about you, but I’m going to do my thing the very best that I can and then continue to work on letting go of comparison. And when I go to bed at night I’m going to sleep well knowing that I gave the very best I could to be a better version of myself: fitter, healthier, kinder, more generous, more productive etc. Then I’m going to (work on) let(ting) go of whatever anyone else is doing because it is none of my business and her journey is hers.

Are you with me? Will you too, just do the very best you can and then be satisfied with the result?

Megan K and the team