Grow your life and business by nurturing those around you

| December 6, 2013

Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours. John Carpenter provides a glimpse into how nurturing, developing and caring about the people around you will accelerate your own growth and life.

The health and fitness industry has exposed me to people from all walks of life. I count myself lucky to have been involved with these people from different cultures, backgrounds and hardships. Each has their own story to tell, but they all have one thing in common… Goals! Something to strive for.

Here’s a fun little exercise on goal setting. In the next 30 seconds (no longer) write down your top three goals in your life at the present time.

Go on, jot them down on a blank sheet of paper.

There is often very little difference between your goals if you’re given 30 seconds or 3 hours to write them down. They’ll often boil down to a career goal, family goal and a health and fitness goal. The best goals are often the most simplistic. As long as it’s specific, can be measured and has a deadline, it’s a solid goal (and not just a dream).

I find that a few simple questions based around why someone wants to achieve a certain goal will add clarity, urgency and motivation for them to achieve it.

On a daily basis I deal with both clients and my trainers in helping them achieve their goals. This is priority number one. Too many owners, managers and coaches focus solely on their own goals and then attempt to get their team to perform tasks that will benefit them. This will leave the team player feeling unmotivated and unfulfilled, which eventually leads to poor retention and no growth for either party.

What we need to be doing is finding out what our clients, employees and other members of our circle of influence want to achieve. What their ultimate goals are? Why it’s their goal? What they’re willing to do to get there?

Once these areas have been identified, I focus on the individual’s strengths and nurture them while providing further development and education in any specific area that will get them closer to their goal.

There’s a common saying, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” I truly believe that as a business owner and leader you need to live by this statement. It has helped me grow a team of young individuals to a point where I can entrust them with all tasks and responsibilities in helping me grow the business. So as they develop, I develop.

So in conclusion, my goals as a business owner align with my team. My life and business has grown through simply nurturing, developing and caring about the people around me.



  1. Clive Leach

    Clive Leach

    January 18, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Great blog John! Simple and

    Great blog John! Simple and powerful message and one that I firmly endorse. Cheers, Clive