Since my teen years, I’ve worked in some realm of assisting others in finding joy. I’m not necessarily a “people-pleaser”, but my career choices have always led me to a place where my job duties include the ability to turn frowns upside-down.
I’ve been a swim instructor for 3-5 year old children, a fitness center associate for a busy Cape Cod resort, a public beach supervisor, a first grade teacher, a professional hockey team ticket sales person and an event operations coordinator, a director for the largest nonprofit fighting heart disease and stroke and a coordinator of a large municipal government volunteer program.
Happiness is both an art and a science and it has been my jam for over 15 years. Want to know my secret? I’ve figured out a way for people to see, feel and measure IMPACT. Sure we can talk outcomes (kids in swim class, tickets sold, books read, dollars raised, volunteers recruited), etc… SO WHAT?
We are programmed to measure our results in quantitative outputs. Because of that, we lose sight of the “Why” behind our actions.
Impact helps us recognize the “So What?” and measure our experiences on the outcome.
As a hobby, I have had the pleasure of working with one of the OG Crossfit Gyms in Virginia as the Bootcamp Nutrition Coach. Compound Crossfit has been my home for nearly 7 years. Few people can say they have had an intimate relationship with a gym for the better part of a decade, but I promise you, it is with good reason.
If I were looking at the output or quantitative measurement behind my years with Compound, we could say, “In 7 Years, over X# Bootcamps have occurred and X amount of membership signed.”
Umm big deal. Those stats don’t keep people and that certainly doesn’t bring joy and fulfillment for 7 years.
See I measure my time with Compound Crossfit differently. What keeps me motivated to coach has little to do with how many clients we bring in. What excites me (and my fellow coaches – that’s why we work so well together) are the folks that were able to get off their blood pressure medication or heal their digestive issues.
We measure the confidence gains instead of the weight loss. The new friendships (and even marriages) instead of the membership. We observe the hope regained – when all else was lost.
For some reason, people usually end up in our programs when they feel they are at their lowest low. At the root cause is usually a gap or a lack at home, at work, or in the soul. Something is missing.
You know what the best part is about that though? There is a lot of room for impact when you feel like you’ve hit bottom.
I’ve worked in organizations that put the money first. Frankly, those jobs kinda sucked. Where I have found the most joy is in public service and coaching. Places that put mission and people first are not only more successful, but just way more fun.