First off I want to wish Ericka Bailey one of our wildest plane jumping members a happy birthday! Hope to see you in the gym this week.
Now allow me introduce a concept called “Lombardi Time”. You see, 4 days per week we have coached morning sessions at Top Line from 9am-10am or 10am-11am on Saturday. Our programs are designed to be make efficient use of your time and body. A foam roll, dynamic warmup, intense strength & conditioning training session as well as a nice roll and stretch afterwards should take 1 - 1/2 hours to complete, at best.
But we have a problem. If we only have a 1 hour training slot on each of those 4 mornings and people are showing up 5-25 minutes late on a consistent basis, they are missing a major portion of their training, thus decreasing the amount of results they will see from their training. This is also bad for Top Line’s brand which is known for delivering massive results, simply because you won’t be able to capture all of the value in half the time.
Vince Lombardi is famous for expecting timeliness from his team and coaches. His theory was that if you weren’t 15 minutes early, you were late. You may or may not be aware that even the clock on historic Lambeau Field is actually set 15 minutes ahead of time to this day because of the value Lombardi placed on showing up early and on time.
In the evenings everyone is getting off work at different times, stuck in different types of traffic and we also have many more hours of coaching available so showing up to Top Line at odd times is accepted now especially for those of you who have been around awhile and know how to get yourself warmed up properly.
Even though I love Lombardi’s outlook, I see it like this “if you can show up three, four, seven, ten minutes late then you can show up on time. Every time you show up late (especially by a few minutes) it feels like someone spitting in your face. You see it as a “I slept in” thing or an “I left much later than I should have even though I know how long it actually takes to get to the gym” thing but I take it as disrespect for my time personally which is one of my top values in life. Here is a new concept.
Top Line Time: If you come to any one of my morning coaching sessions past 9am during the week or 10am on Saturdays without us having an understanding days or weeks in advance you have 2 options:
#1) You're on your own
#2) Head on home
Many years ago, my leadership mentor and author of the 21 irrefutable laws of leadership, John C. Maxwell said "Changing things is central to leadership. If you're a leader you will continually deal with change. Why? Because you are trying to convince people to go forward and when you go forward there is movement and when there is movement there's change.” He also went on to mention this quote “if you want to make enemies, try to change something. I would almost bet that every time you make a major change somebody gets unhappy.”
I know that some people may not like this new principle. But this is not just a Top Line thing. I also want suggest that you start to view timeliness as a new personal principle. Start to look at being on time as one of your core values. Something that other people can depend on from you. Track it for a week. Make being on time to every single event, meeting or obligation your mission. Give yourself a reward at the end of the week if you have to. Whatever it takes to make yourself get there on time. It will make the people you are meeting feel much more respected as well as respecting you even more than they already do.