Yesterday I was having a chat with my Mom about my new fitness program.
She stopped by shortly after my personal trainer Sam left, and I was just telling her how the workout I did really whooped my butt, but I felt so great having accomplished it.
So we got talking and she was asking me if this was one of my first sessions, and I told her that no, I’ve been working out now for over two months now.
Now, as soon as I said that I thought to myself “Holy crap, I’ve been working out for over 2 months now!”
The reason why that’s significant to me is that in the past, I have never been able to stick to a workout program for more than 1-2 months.
For example about ten years ago I joined a local gym with about three other friends of mine who all wanted to get in better shape.
We picked a gym that was more or less the same distance for all of us to go.
After a few visits to the gym, a few of my friends quit, and then after a few more sessions I gave up as well – mostly because the gym was always so busy during the times I wanted to go, and I had zero desire to work out at 5am in the morning! LOL.
Since then, I’ve tried various different exercise programs, both at home and at gyms.
Last year I joined yet another gym, fairly close to my house, and this time around I found a gym that was open 24 hours a day, so that I could go at night if I wanted to when it was really empty.
I found myself only going a few times, and just not really liking the experience.
Back in 2009 I did the world-famous P90X program for almost 2 months before giving up on that, firstly because of sheer exhaustion and feeling completely run down, and secondly because my business working hours changed and I didn’t have the time to dedicate to working out for 1-2 hours every single day.
Bottom line, I’ve never been able to stick to a strength training program for more than a month or two.
Perhaps you can relate? 🙂
Now here’s my point with this.
So I’m sitting there and talking to my Mom, and I’m thinking “Wow, it’s already been two months and I’m still going strong! Why is THIS plan working where others have failed?”
That’s when it hit me.
Setting Up Plans Where People Have a Vested Interest in Your Success
See, in all the other plans that I was on before, the success of other people depended on me FAILING.
Meaning, other people technically had a VESTED INTEREST in my failure – energetically speaking.
What do I mean by that?
Okay, well, let’s use the gym scenario as the first example.
Most people don’t realize this but virtually EVERY gym out there oversells their memberships by like 90% or more.
Meaning, if the maximum capacity of a gym is that 200 people can work out at the gym at one time, they will sell 2,000 or more memberships EASY.
Because they know that 90% of people will not show up to the gym. They’ll just pay for membership and never show up, or at the very most they’ll show up sporadically.
Gym owners know that they can easily sell hundreds, if not thousands of memberships MORE than the gym can handle because they know that most people will give up.
Their entire business plan, and the economics of the business ASSUME this to be true and if everyone they sell a membership to actually showed up and used their membership, the gym would be overcrowded, too full and they would have some serious issues to deal with.
Therefore, when the owner of a gym sells you a membership, they are ASSUMING that you won’t actually even show up.
The gym I signed up for, I prepaid for a whole year and I didn’t show up after the first month, and they NEVER called once to find out why I wasn’t showing up.
Why would they? They probably have 1,000 other members also not showing up.
So my point with this is that the way the typical GYM business model works is that they make the MAJORITY of their money, selling gym memberships to people who don’t show up.
People like me. 🙂
Again, if everyone who they sell a membership to actually showed up to work out on a regular basis, their business would be in trouble.
Therefore, the gym has a vested, financial and business reason to HOPE and PRAY that you don’t actually show up to take advantage of the gym membership you purchased.
In other words, they are energetically VESTED in your failure to get in shape.
If you go to the gym and work out, they get paid, but now you’re using their machine and taking up space at the gym.
If you don’t go to the gym and you don’t work out, they STILL get paid as most gyms get people signed up to longer term contracts.
Now, contrast that with my current setup with my personal trainer.
My personal trainer shows up to my house, and we train.
When he shows up, and we train, he gets paid!
If he doesn’t show up, and we don’t train, he doesn’t get paid!
It’s a different setup as compared to something like a gym membership.
My trainer has a VESTED INTEREST in my success because he knows that he only makes money when I’m training, and so guess what? He always shows up, and whoops my butt! 🙂
Which is awesome and exactly what I need to achieve success.
He also knows that if the workouts are too easy, and I don’t produce results, I’ll get discouraged, and if the workouts are too hard, that won’t work either, so they have to be personalized to ME.
Again, even when it comes to what kind of workouts I do when he’s here, he has a VESTED INTEREST in me having a successful workout.
Which is an awesome thing as well.
In the past, when I bought various exercise machines, the company that sold them to me wasn’t really vested in my success.
They were just vested financially in selling me the machine. Once I bought it, it’s my problem if I get results with it or not.
Same with exercise DVDs and training programs. Once they sell you the program, whether you succeed or not is mostly irrelevant to them, as the sale has already been made.
Now I’m not saying that gym owners and exercise equipment stores or exercise DVD producers are bad people, or that they don’t care about their clients.
I believe that they DO want their clients to succeed…
…HOWEVER, most of their business models are specifically organized on the assumption that you WON’T succeed.
It’s kind of like a dentist’s business model…
Dentists make money when people don’t brush their teeth, and don’t floss.
They don’t really make a lot of money on people who have perfect teeth – right?
Same with doctors. Doctor’s make money by treating people who are sick, or hurt. Their business model and the way that they get paid and put food on the table is based on treating people who are sick.
It is not structured in a way where they PREVENT people from getting sick in the first place!
Again, I’m not saying that dentists or doctors are bad people or anything like that.
I’m just saying that the business model they are involved in is NOT based on getting paid for preventing disease, it’s based on treating disease.
There are so many situations like that in life, where we do business with people and in some situations those people make more money when we succeed – and so they are VESTED in our success – and in some situations they actually make more money when we don’t succeed – and so they are VESTED in our failure.
Does that make sense?
So going back to my conversation with my Mom and my personal trainer, what I realized is that I have now setup a situation where my personal trainer is VESTED in my success, and this is helping me tremendously to stick to my program!
For example, yesterday I accidentally double booked my schedule with a slight overlap, and I wouldn’t be able to do my regular training session with my personal trainer from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm because I had to leave for another appointment at 12:00.
So I made the suggestion to my trainer to postpone my session until Friday instead.
If this was a gym membership and I called them and said “I can’t come to the gym today, but I’ll show up on Friday” what would they say? They would be like “Sure, we’ll see you Friday, or whenever, or never…:)”
What did my trainer do?
He just showed up 30 minutes early, so that I could still do a workout and be done by 12:00 pm on the dot and make it to my appointment.
I don’t usually double book like that, but when it did happen, he still had a vested interest in showing up and training me, so that’s what happened.
When people have a VESTED INTEREST in your success like that, you get that extra little push that you don’t get from people who are vested in your failure.
This is also why I love the Empower Network business model for Blogging.
Do You Have Someone VESTED in Your Blogging Success?
What’s cool about the Empower Network business model is that it’s setup in a way where your sponsor / mentor has a VESTED INTEREST in your success.
For example, I have a growing team of bloggers who I work with daily and I’m ALWAYS doing whatever I can to help them succeed as bloggers!
Why? Because THEIR success is MY success. I am mentally, emotionally and financially VESTED in their success.
I’m not just selling someone a WordPress Blog or hosting solution and then ditching them to figure everything out on their own.
No, I’m constantly focused on trying to help everyone on my team to be more and more successful as bloggers.
I share from my own experience, I help them out, I constantly visit and read my team member’s blogs and offer suggestions on improvements, etc.
When one of my team members makes their first $1,000 blogging, I will be compensated for that by Empower Network, just because of the way that the compensation structure is setup.
It’s virtually IMPOSSIBLE for someone on my team to become ultra successful and make a lot of money, without me also making a lot of money in that process as well.
Therefore, I have a VESTED INTEREST in the success of every team member I sign on!
This may not seem like a big difference to some people who think to themselves “Well why would I join Empower Network? Can’t I just setup my own Blog on like WordPress or something?”
Sure, you can do whatever you want, but will that put you in a position where you have someone like me having a VESTED INTEREST in your success???
No, it won’t.
You’ll have a Blog, but you won’t be a part of a team, you won’t be a part of a group, you won’t have other people cheering you on and wanting to see you succeed, and you won’t have a mentor who has a vested interest in your success working with you.
You’ll have a Blog, but you’ll be setting yourself up for failure, right off the bat.
This is why for people who want to start a Blog or who want to make money online, or to develop a second income outside of their job, I recommend that they sign up for empower network now and get the support they need.