I’ve been working out at LA Fitness for at least 15 years. Although I’ve switched locations once or twice, I’ve been fairly consistent with one location. Over the years, I’ve seen managers come and go. The interesting thing is that during most of my time working out at that gym, I’d say I never saw a difference in how the location operated or any of the staff behaved. That is, until about a year ago.
One day, I realize things feel a little different. The gym smelled a little better. There were fewer used paper towels on the bathroom floor. Weights were on their racks. Jump ropes were hanging on hooks instead of thrown into corners.
At first, I wasn’t sure what caused the change. But then I started noticing a worker walking around, engaging with staff and the people exercising. His shirt color was different than the other staff, so I immediately concluded he was a new manager. And we all know that a good manager can make or break a business.
The real reason I’m writing this, though, is because there were at least 5-6 other managers working at that same location over the course of 15 years. Maybe more than 6, because I never once had a reason to take note of management. For the entire duration of my membership, the gym smelled like a gym, had weights out of place, and had no visible evidence of good leadership.
But all it took was one person to come in and lead. Same title. Same job duties. Different person.
Think about where you are in life and in work right now. A thankless job, never enough money or time. Guess what- 99% of all people would describe their life and work circumstances just like you. So why then, do other people move forward and lead a charge?
Because they want to. Not because it’s easier for them or because the circumstances allow for it. They simply choose it.
You can to. Go choose to lead right now, wherever you are.