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Visualizing Success

Last year I had an eye opening experience. I will never forget the moment at the Beachbody Coach’s Summit where they were recognizing all the top Beachbody coaches in the company on stage, and instead of being up there with them, I was sitting at the table eating dinner with Tommy Mygrant. Well, we were eating dinner until the point where shame and embarrassment hit both of us like a ton of bricks being slapped upside our heads. At that point we sort of lost our appetites. I thought I was doing great as a Beachbody Coach, but that was when I realized that apparently things weren’t as good as I thought they were. I had been a coach for a little over a year and a half, and things were beginning to really pick up for me, thanks to the Game Plan Event I attended in January, but they still weren’t where they needed to be, or better, where I wanted them to be. Tommy and I looked at each other, and we didn’t even have to say anything because we knew exactly what each other was thinking. That was the point where things changed for the both of us. And then the Top Beachbody Coach came out to accept his award, and my stomach sunk even lower. I couldn’t even imagine how great of a feeling that must be to stand up there and be recognized as the #1 coach in the entire network! Suddenly, I began visualizing myself up there, being that Top Coach, feeling that sense of pride and accomplishment that comes along with it, and for the remainder of the year, I didn’t allow that visualization and feeling to fade away.

After I got back from the Summit, I immediately began to change things. The first thing that I did was create new goals for myself, mainly become Top Beachbody Coach 2010. I wrote it down on a huge dry erase board and hung it in my living room so that every day I would see that goal, and remember everything that I needed to do to work towards it. That visualization allowed me to stay focused. Plus, seeing it every day constantly brought back that visualization of being up on stage, receiving the Top Coach belt, and it created this burning desire to be there next year.

As months passed, I saw my business begin to absolutely explode. I began focusing more time on the coaches on my team, training them on how to build a successful business, began communicating better with the people I coach, started winning monthly and quarterly contests, stayed in contact with Tommy, my new success partner, every week, and mostly just stayed focused on improving some aspect of my business every single day. I was driven and highly motivated. Once I get in the zone, good luck trying to knock me out of it! Sure, it caused a little bit of friction between my fiance and I, only because I was so focused and spending so much time working towards my goals, but she understood that achieving Top Beachbody Coach would take some sacrifice, so she was on board with me 100% of the way. She wanted me to win just as much as I did.

When November came, I was in the lead for the Top Coach award, but I still had a few months left. Every morning I would wake up, look at the board, and remind myself that this was crunch time, and if I was going to win the top award in the entire company, I better give it my all every single day. Plus, I was forced to anyways because the #2 person was right on my tail, and one lazy day could put me down in the #2 spot. Also, do you remember that burning desire I had earlier? As the days approached the end of the year, that desire was multiplied by about 100! I would get this feeling in my stomach, an anxious and almost nervous feeling that just seemed to get worse as each day passed. My goal of winning Top Coach was so close, but yet so far away at the same time. When December arrived, I hit hyper drive and never looked back. I had worked so hard during the year that there was no way I was coming in 2nd. Now, that visualization of winning that award and being on stage practically haunted me day in day out, and it’s all I could think about! 3 more weeks. 2 more weeks. 1 more week and then I could finally relax. When the ball dropped in Times Square, all I could do from that point on was wait until I heard the official results. A few days later, Carl Daikeler, the CEO of Beachbody, called to congratulate me for winning Top Beachbody Coach 2010 out of over 50,000 coaches.

What’s the point of this story? Hopefully you picked up on it, but when you constantly visualize success, there isn’t much that is going to stop you from getting there. If you have a goal of losing 100 lbs, visualize yourself being 100 lbs lighter, receiving all the compliments from others and feeling that sense of accomplishment, and knowing that you are going to be around longer and be more active longer because you just made a positive change in your health. If you want to win a contest that is being held at your work, maybe for a trip to an exotic location, visualize you and your family being at that spot, sitting on the beach, relaxing, maybe with a Pina Colada in your hand, and enjoying your well earned vacation. If you want to get away from your job and become your own boss, being in control of your future, visualize it! Once you have that mental picture and experience those feelings of being in that position, there isn’t anything that’s going to stop you other than yourself.

To learn more about what I do as a Beachbody Coach, email me at coachspence8@yahoo.com.

5 comments

  1. You inspire me!

  2. Sara /

    Awesome post!! That is exactly what I used to tell my students when I taught skiing. It is a very important step.

  3. I met josh just shortly after his trip to summit and outside of the military i have never seen another person more driven or focused. If the man says visualizing success key, guess i have to get a huge dry erase board

  4. thanks for your leadership Josh!

  5. Will /

    Yo, why read leadership books when we have your posts? Well said Josh!

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