On the surface, 2020 wasn't a great year. It saw me close one of my businesses for months on end, miss out on special occasions, and loose time with loved ones. However, when I look closely at everything that happened, I was able to achieve so much. I grew my online coaching team, I increased the number of clients in my PT studio (which meant I had to bring in another person to work in the studio), and I spent hours educating myself to improve my knowledge as a coach and bodybuilder.
2021, for those of us in the UK, hasn't gotten off to an amazing start. We find ourselves in our third national lockdown, and it's enough to make me want to bang my head against a brick wall. However, my current circumstances might have changed, but my goals haven't. Sitting around feeling sorry for yourself is only going to get you so far. Here are my goals for 2021.
My businesses are the most important things to me as of right now, so growing them and seeing them flourish has to be at the top of my goals for 2021. Breaking these down so they're slightly more specific, I want to:
• Increase the number of online clients I have (I'm not going to give you the specific number, but I know it myself).
• Have my Thursdays on the studio floor fully booked out (I only work Tuesdays and Thursdays on the studio floor. Before we closed, my Tuesdays were fully booked, I had a couple on a Friday morning even though I'm not meant to, so when I get back I just need to fill my Thursdays).
• Coach an online client from Australia (I've never coached anybody in Australia, so I've become a bit obsessed with finding someone!). If you're Australian, fill in this damn form!
This sport is such a big part of my life, and building up my physique to allow me to compete in a few years time is huge for me. However, one thing I know I need to improve on is my overall health, mainly speaking cardio and daily steps. I want to tackle this slowly. I hate cardio so any excuse not to do it and I'll find it.
To start with, I'm making myself go on morning walks where possible. Because I'm currently working from home, this is most days. When I'm back in the studio, this will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
At the beginning of last year I had a real awakening where I realised I was nowhere near good enough at what I was doing. Pretty big, I know.
As soon as I started to follow people like The Muscle Mentors on Instagram, I realised I had so much more I needed to learn. That all began for me at the start of the first lockdown, and I've become obsessed with studying ever since then.
The PT industry is full of people who have no idea what they're doing, but I'll stop there before I go on a rant. I want to be a part of the change. I increased my knowledge on exercise mechanics, anatomy, digestion, and female physiology to name a few, but I've really only just scratched the surface. This year (as long as at some point I can leave my house) my aim is to go on at least one big exercise mechanics course. This will either be with The Muscle Mentors or Integra (I'd like to have done both by the end of 2022).
I'm also making sure I'm learning ALL THE TIME. I schedule multiple big study sessions each week, listen to an educational podcast on my morning walks, and surround myself with people who want to better themselves.
Being self-employed has it's benefits, but it also has some negatives. Last year really showed me that a lot of my happiness is dictated by how my numbers look on a screen. If my client numbers are up, I'm happy. If they're down, I'm stressed and thinking the worlds over. One thing that doesn't help this is social media. It's so easy to compare yourself to others. Every Sunday I'll logging off from all of the social media accounts. I did my first Sunday last week, and I honestly felt really refreshed!
So, there you go! Even though it's looking like we'll face some more challenges in 2021, I want to encourage each one of you to still aim high. Things might not go quite as planned but, as long as you try, good things will come!