Just yesterday I was recording a podcast with my business coach and good friend Chris Harder for the weekly FITposium podcast.

Over the course of about an hour we discussed a blitzkrieg of topics from our fears leading to inaction to our limiting mindsets, to daily habits and rituals that can shift our energy, to impact of those you surround yourself with.

SIDE NOTE: It is an interview that should not be missed if you are serious about growing your brand in the fitness industry (which if you are reading this, then you already are). Be sure to subscribe to the FITposium podcast by heading over to the Apple Podcast App, or iTunes, or Stitcher, or Google Play Music or even FITposium.com – needless to say, it is easy to find.

It was exactly one year ago (to the date) that I first connected with Chris. I was listening to his podcast, For the Love of Money, and he was talking about the launch of his own mastermind to bring together two dozen entrepreneurs to connect and go somewhere together as a tribe. I immediately applied and within a few days was approved and signing up.

Over the following 12 months everything began to change.

Not just my business. It was how I looked at my business. It was how I took action. It was the habits I set for myself. It was fundamentally how I looked at the goals I set for myself.

So many of us are not achieving beyond a certain level or limit because we never stop to think how we could actually do that. Take making 7 figures as an example. Instead of thinking that is too lofty of a goal or that you would have no clue how to even begin, reframe it by asking where you could specifically make that seven figures and where the revenue would come from and how.

What is the thing that gets us to push beyond what we know or what we are comfortable with?

A tribe.

When I talk to those in the industry who are struggling, I find out fairly quickly that they are surrounding themselves with others who are either struggling or are imposing and passing on their fears and limiting mindsets.

Think about how our parents, who love us (hopefully) try to protect us by minimizing our dreams. Think about how our bosses, friends and colleagues warn us to stay in our lane and to not take too many risks.

Imagine if everyone you surrounded yourself with was more apt to taking risks, more generous with their time and resources and more willing to challenge you to push beyond what you are doing.

That company would shift everything for you. It would also, added bonus, shift how creative you get in achieving your own goals. No one wants to be the person at the table who is not trying the hardest.

Is it harsh to suggest that you need to dump those who keep you limited? Yes, it is harsh, but it is exactly what you need to do. At a minimum, you need to set boundaries with those in your life so they are not inflicting their own fears onto you.

But that is only the first half of what you need to do.

The second half is you need to surround yourself with that new, high level, tribe.

You could do what I did, which is join a mastermind. We were so inspired by my changes that we started our own called the Get Amped Mastermind, that sold out for 2019 in only 3 weeks.

We are now taking applications for those wanting to be on the waiting list for our 2020 group.

You could also hire a coach to help push and keep you accountable, something I am also available to help you with if you contact me here.

Or you can form a group on your own to keep you accountable.

Imagine how different 2019 can be if you changed your circle. Make it yours. Be accountable. Own your success.

James Patrick
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