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Celebrate Success

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We have just finished Q3 and are sliding into home plate for Q4. A friend of mine recently said at her quarterly planning session that games are won in the 4th quarter. I loved that analogy. The game has certainly been going on all year but technically what we do in these next 13 weeks can make all the difference.

What’s possible?

What have you done this year? What’s possible for this final quarter of the year? Are you going to meet your goals? Are you still stuck having the same conversations and facing the same challenges you faced last year?

I personally think there are many different ways to look at every situation. It may be no surprise to you I typically do my best to spin stuff as positively as I can. We have had a good year. I don’t think we will hit all the goals we meant to hit but we did some great things we had not planned for.

Daily Gratitude

When I think about finishing strong, I’m forced to celebrate all the good things that have happened in order to not get mired in the mud of the points we didn’t score. Some people might call that counting your blessings. If celebrating success or counting your blessings is not a habit you have, I encourage you to start running through your success list on a daily basis. It takes about ten minutes to reflect and get grateful for the day’s wins. You can easily reflect on the stuff you didn’t get done. That’s easy and exhausting ;). Why not trade your “woe is me” list for “Yay… I did that!”

As I went through my daily gratitude list, I felt like it was important to share with you that we are celebrating yet another win over cancer at my house. My beautiful husband has beaten this vicious disease again. He is so amazing. JD refers to his recurrent non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as cancer-lite. I don’t know that I agree with that assessment but I’m happy for him to think of it any way he wants.

He endured six rounds of chemotherapy again and this time he did it with very little disruption. Honestly, I think he made up his mind it wasn’t going to knock him down. He played tennis, bowled, and worked right through this episode. The little bit of hair he has stayed intact and we just celebrated every day.

Celebrate Success

There’s a ton of tough stuff in the world today. We can’t deny the difficult conversations we bump up against on a daily basis. However, for me and my house, we choose to celebrate the successes of each day. I hope you are encouraged to do the same. Dig deep if you have to. I know every day is not great. I understand sometimes you have to simply celebrate the success of waking up on time or having access to a good meal or fresh water. When you think about all the people who don’t have those things, maybe it will be easier to celebrate one another and the day.

I hope you have a great day today and take the time to acknowledge all the good that is there for you.

A Heart as Big as Texas

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I love Texas!

Really what I mean by that is I love my hometown of Houston. I was born and raised here and tell people all the time I live in the greatest city in the world! If you have turned on a TV in the past week, you have seen the devastation that hit the Gulf Coast. Yes, not just Houston but the 52+ counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

During the past week, we have seen people from all over our state and, quite frankly, our country, come together. They’ve helped with rescue, demo of homes, and clean up. They are working shelters, bringing in donations of food, water, clothing, and other much-needed supplies. It truly has been amazing. I wanted to spotlight some of the work that’s been done and then give you ideas on how to give back to your community, particularly with the holiday season coming up.

Bowling Center Opens Doors to Hurricane Refugees

Our dear friends at Max Bowl in Port Arthur, Texas opened their doors and became a shelter for those seeking refuge from flood waters. Not only did they open their doors, the café was feeding everyone, too. This story literally brought tears to my eyes. Opening their doors was an overwhelming example of how the bowling and FEC community gave back to their community.

Local Trampoline Park Donates Proceeds to JJ Watt Hurricane Relief Fund

Another amazing example is Urban Air in Spring, Texas, just a few miles from my house. For two days they donated all proceeds to JJ Watt’s Foundation for Hurricane Harvey Relief. It was a great way to get the kids out and let parents have time for clean up as the neighborhoods around the corner were severely flooded.

School Supply Drive to Support Gulf Coast Schools

Here at TrainerTainment, education is a huge priority for us. We are educators in every sense of the word, so we started a school supply drive. In Houston ISD, 52 schools were severely damaged and another 27 had damage that could be repaired within a few months. Port Aransas Texas schools have been so damaged, they do not plan on opening for the rest of the year and are diverting students to other districts. These students are our team members. They are our party hosts, cashiers, ride operators, and game room attendants. Our goal is to provide school supplies so we can get kiddos back in school and have some sense of normalcy.

Ideas to Give Back to Your Community

As I’m writing this, I’m thinking of all of our friends and clients in Florida who are getting ready for Hurricane Irma. People there will have the same needs. Here are some ideas of how you can help with either recovery effort.

  1. School Supply/Food/Toy Drive – These types of drives are easy to set up and don’t require a lot of work. Advertise you are collecting food, school supplies, or even toys for an organization. Have a special offer such as a free attraction or maybe even a BOGO for donating an item.
  2. Plan a fundraising night. It’s fun and easy. Encourage people to come in your center and then give a portion of the day’s sales back to the organization.
  3. Create a special package – You can run this for a night or an entire month. Create a special package that includes food, drinks, and fun and give a portion of each package sold to the organization of your choice.
  4. Match Grant – Allow local organizations to host a fundraiser and match it! Set the amount you are willing to match up to giving them the opportunity to double their fundraising efforts.
  5. #GivingTuesday – Show your support for a local organization. Have your team members bring in donations. Use social media to let your fans know you support the specific organization, that you are collecting for them, and encourage them to participate.
  6. Go Big! Host a bowling tournament or big event at your center.

I hope this will give you ideas on how you can help. If you would like more info on how to execute one of these ideas, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Just shoot an email to rosie@trainertainment.net.

Getting to Know TrainerTainment’s Laura O’Neal

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What do you enjoy most about working with our clients?

Even though we are all in the entertainment industry, I appreciate the diversity of each client. In Social Media, each of our clients has a unique voice we try to capture when representing them. From a Business Coaching perspective, I love helping them unravel the complexities of their business and use their talents and individual strengths to take their businesses (for a lack of a better term) to the next level.

How long have you been in the FEC industry and in what roles?

I have ridden Beth’s coattails on this one. I’ve been a coach since the beginning of Trainertainment, as well as an outside trainer, business coach, and SMM manager for many of our clients proudly for 11 years.

What is the most significant thing you have learned working in the FEC industry?

Not to sound like a broken record, but I have learned the people in this industry are amazingly hard working, kind, fun, and did I mention hard working? To me, all the rest of it beyond the people can be taught or trained, but the backbone of this industry are its owners and staff.

Which of our core values resonates with you the most?

FUN. The reason I say that might be obvious, but for me, FUN isn’t always in the forefront. I have to work at it because we all work so hard and do so much. The greatest thing I get to ask myself is…”Wait, is this fun? If not, Beth would not approve.” How great is THAT????

If you could use technology to do one thing, what would it be and why?

I would use technology to obliterate technology. You think I’m kidding.

Would you rather explore a new planet or the deepest parts of the ocean? Why?

The ocean. I’m afraid of heights and fish are cool. What I really want to explore is the human brain. There is a movie about this and the name escapes me, but a little rocket ship goes inside a body and putters around. THAT would be an adventure that would be FUN and I would sign up for in an instant.

Getting to Know TrainerTainment’s Rosie Salas, Director of Marketing

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What do you enjoy most about working with our clients?

Being able to see them grow! It’s always amazing to see how much joy people have in those “ah-ha” moments of learning something new and using that to help them meet their goals.

 

How long have you been in the FEC industry and in what roles?

Wow, I can’t believe it has been 13 years since I started in the entertainment business. My first “real” job was with the Albuquerque Isotopes baseball club in 2004 working in media and community relations. After a few season there, I moved to the casino industry doing marketing and special events. In the fall of 2006 I joined the FEC industry with iT’Z Family, Food & Fun. I joined their team at their first location in Albuquerque as their party and front of house manager. After a year in Albuquerque, I moved back home to Houston to help them open their second and largest location, again as the party and front of house manager. During my time there, I gained heaps of operational knowledge stepping in for temporary roles in the kitchen, game room, and store manager. I spent the next five years at iT’Z in Houston and assisted in opening their next three locations. I’m proud to have built a million dollar a year birthday party program at iT’Z Houston. I’ve been the Director of Marketing for TrainerTainment the past five years.

 

What is the most significant thing you have learned working in the FEC industry?

 I think the most significant thing I have learned working in the FEC industry is that we have really important roles. From leadership to a team member, every role is important. It doesn’t matter if you are a party host creating a special memory for a five-year-old, a person in the dish pit making sure each person gets clean dishes, or a manager leading your team to greatness. We touch so many lives on a daily basis and that’s pretty special!

 

Which of our core values resonates with you the most?

For me, our core value of intentional learning is super important to me. I have always had a desire to learn and with marketing constantly evolving and changing, I get to keep up with the times. Learning doesn’t only benefit us. We also share the things we learn with our clients.

 

What country or place would you tell every person they must visit before they die?

This one is really hard for me. We have done so much traveling and seen so many amazing things, it’s hard to narrow it down. The first I would say is go to India and see the Taj Mahal. Most people think India is really dirty and all you see is poor. Yes, you do see that in pocket areas but it is really an amazing country. The food, the history, the people, and there’s a lot of green space, too. Seeing the Taj Mahal has been on my bucket list since I was a teen. It was even more amazing in person than I imagined! It literally took my breath away and I was just overcome by emotion. Don’t let negative misconceptions of India deter you from going to this amazing country.

 

Who was your favorite artist or group when you were growing up?

Mariah Carey. I was obsessed and had her Emotions cassette. I would play it over and over and sing at the top of my lungs in my room. Who am I kidding? I still like to do that today!

Taking It One Step at a Time

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Have you ever tried to force yourself to do something you know you need to do? I hear people talk about having the willpower and the discipline to make one more sales call, lose weight, start a new job, write a book, take a walk, talk to a girl or boy you want to go out with, etc. and yet I find the willpower to be an elusive concept. My experience is that willpower fades easily when you want to do anything else besides the thing you are trying to will yourself to do. Discipline works the same way. I am very disciplined right up until when I am not.

Commitment

For me, commitment and priority seem to be the real key. And it works in that order – commitment first and then priority to fulfill the commitment. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately.

You see, I can do a ton of things. On a daily basis, I take care of my family, the business, even a neighbor, if needed. The thing I haven’t done well is take care of my health. I’ve struggled with this weight thing most of my adult life. I’ve tried every program, read every book, and lost hundreds of pounds only to find them again on another day. This might sound like a familiar story to you.

About 85 days ago, I decided that one of the challenges related to my weight loss efforts is that I rarely stick with anything long enough to get a sustainable result. In casual conversation, one day a friend of mine talked about my “diet du jour” mindset. It’s true. I find the motivation and willpower to start a new program. It’s easy when it’s new. There’s hope and excitement about getting started. And then…the motivation fades and the willpower gets all used up in the first few days. It’s a vicious cycle that tears away at the discipline it might take to stick to the program even one more day.

With that lack of “stick with it” awareness, I knew I needed to commit to something that was longer than a 10 day this or a 21 day that. I’m also aware that my travel life can wreck routine, which also takes me off track. But my travel life can’t be an excuse.

Giving it 100%

There are plenty of people who travel and don’t suffer from obesity. Out of the blue, I thought about the next 100 days. I can’t say exactly why 100 days came to mind. I think maybe I was thinking of giving “it” 100%. Anyway, I decided one thing I could do whether I’m traveling or not is walk. Humans are designed to walk 5-10 miles a day. I have several tracking devices because, of course, during any one of my “diet du jour” moments I knew I needed to add exercise, so over the years I’ve bought pedometers, smart watches, heart monitors, and anything that would tell me how many steps or calories I’m burning and more. Honestly, if what I knew about diet and exercise mattered even a little bit, I’d be super model thin! Knowledge has not been power for me with this particular situation.

Here’s what I decided. I know it’s going to take more than 100 days to get to a healthy goal weight. It’s going to take at least one year. That knowledge always screws with my willpower and discipline. So, I decided I could make a commitment for 100 days.

It is not scientifically true that it takes only 21 days to build a habit. That’s a gimmick. The science says at about day 66 real habit begins to form. No wonder I couldn’t get locked in and find real lasting results. I committed to walking 10,000 steps 100 days in a row. I made it one day and then missed day two and started over. I walked two days and missed day three. On that day, I joined Jenny Craig. That’s one of the programs I had not tried. It’s working well. On try three, I took that commitment and began to prioritize the walk.

As of this writing, I’m on day 82. I’m very excited about completing this 100 days and committing to 12,000 steps during the next 100 days. It’s been difficult. I was extremely sore for the first three weeks. I had to walk two or three times a day to get all the steps in. That felt miserable. However, once I got past day four, then five… on to seven and for sure at day ten, I did not want to start over. The success of each day “fed” the next day and is supporting the completion of the goal.

Why do I share this?

Why do I share this? There are a couple of reasons. One, I think there are things everyone faces that hold them back. There’s some kind of magic about this 100-day commitment and I am compelled to share it with you. I don’t have the science of anything more than my own experience but I want to encourage you that if you can commit to whatever it is that you know will make you better, happier, richer, calmer, healthier, have more fun… whatever it is and then just go for it, I believe something BIG can happen for you.

It sounds so simple or maybe even trite. But it is BIG. There’s something magic for me about putting one foot in front of the other one day at a time. I have to block about 90 minutes to make sure 10,000 steps happen daily. I prioritize the walk time before I start my day and usually take a short walk at the end of the day.

I listen to music and read by listening to Audible. I’ve read or been read to a ton in the last 82 days. I am able to feed myself spiritually, mentally, and physically. A commitment is baseless without prioritizing it. Giving the steps top priority each day has strengthened my resolve in other areas. Understanding that I can make commitments to myself and keep them has given me a strength I was unaware of. I want you to have that.

Thank You

Second, I want to say thank you. Many of you have watched this journey on Facebook. I hesitated to post daily but found that it was a super way to hold myself accountable. In our leadership training, we talk a ton about performance management. I believe that I’ve reinforced my own learning of what we teach by checking in each day on Facebook.

Here’s what happens. In our leadership training, we talk about the ABCs of performance management.  There’s the A (all the things that happen before you put a team member to work… job description, orientation, on the job training, etc.) It’s like all the reading I’ve done about health and fitness. Then there’s the B (behavior). Your team member does the job. With my walking, the job is to get the 10,000 steps a day. Now the C comes into play. This is the Consequence or reinforcement regarding the behavior. The reinforcement works and I’ve watched that in a BIG way each day and have been surprised and amazed at just how much it impacts my own behavior.

Early on, I posted very late one night… I nearly forgot. It must have been day seven or eight. A close friend reached out and texted me, “Did you get your steps in today?” You see, someone was watching. Someone I cared about. That mattered a lot to me. I quickly posted and haven’t forgotten since then.

I hope you are making the team member correlation. Some might even say that was negative reinforcement. He checked in because I had not completely done my job that day. Although I had completed my steps, I had not posted the results. All the other reinforcement has been incredibly positive. I receive encouragement on a daily basis. Other people have made walking commitments and are posting their results on my page! I love that.

I know this article is longer than we normally post but I believe there is such an important message here. Find something you know you need to or want to do. Identify that thing you know could make a big difference in your life. Make one small commitment. Make it something you know you can do that will move you one step closer. And then do it for 100 days. See what happens. It might take you two or three times like it did me. You might be able to get after it and stay after it from day one.

All I know is that anything we do or want to do must be done one step at a time. When the commitment to take the first step is real, then the priority to follow through is easier than trying to force yourself through willpower and discipline.

I hope you’ll take the time to share your experiences, questions, and thoughts about this newsletter on our blog.