Monthly Archives: January 2013

Jan 21

My Passion for Changing Lives

Josh and Melinda SpencerEvery since I was young, I have always had a passion for helping people and changing lives. For years I have watched my parents and grandparents help those who were less fortunate and in need, and saw the positive impact they had on their lives. It inspired me, they definitely led by example, and now here I am, paying it forward and carrying on the family legacy.

For me, it all started back in high school. I am one of the very fortunate ones to have been raised properly by my family, and I figured it was time that I take everything I have learned and pass it on to those who might not have been as fortunate as I, so I decided to join the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. For those of you who don’t know what BBBS is, it’s a mentor program where you become a “Big” to a young boy or girl who has struggled in their life. You are required to spend a certain amount of time with that child per month, and you can do a range of different activities, everything from bike riding to swimming and playing sports. Anyways, I decided to join and became a “Big” to an 8 year old boy named David. Now David struggled with life when I first met him. Him and his sister were both living with their grandma, and both parents had pretty much abandoned them at that point. ¬†On top of that, his sister, Lexi, was paraplegic because of an accident that her and her father got into when she was a baby. She was in the back in a car seat when the crash occurred, leaving her paralyzed, so the grandma had to not only raise two children, but take care of someone who needed a lot of medical attention as well. It was very, very tough on her, and without any fatherly figure in David’s life, she decided to enroll David into the BBBS program.

For 4 years I was a mentor to David, teaching him proper manors, helping him with just about as much as I could with life, and I felt fulfilled. There is not a greater feeling than knowing that you have had a positive impact on someone’s life! Unfortunately, David’s father came back into the picture, which sort of forced me out of it, and David and I had to part ways. Plus, I was leaving for college on a baseball scholarship, so it would have been very tough for me to keep up with the time requirements. Regardless, it was an experience that impacted my life, and for years and years I wanted to find something else that would bring back that feeling, something else that would allow me to impact people’s lives in a positive way, and I didn’t find it until 2008, when I was introduced to Beachbody.

It’s sort of a crazy story how I got involved with Beachbody, and you can read that story here, but I’m not going to talk much about that at this moment. In short, I fell out of shape after college because of the stress from my new Financial Advising career, found P90X, got into the best shape of my life, developed a passion for health and fitness, and then decided to become a Beachbody Coach. Bam! How was that? Short enough? The reason I became a Beachbody Coach, though, was because I found myself helping people with their health and fitness after I had completed the program, and that feeling of fulfillment was finally back in my life! It just felt good helping people realize they can make a change in their life and then being able to support them the entire time through the program until they got results themselves. And boy did they get results! I’ve literally had tens of thousands of people come to me for help over the years, and I’ve got to see unbelievable P90X transformations that would BLOW YOUR MIND! On top of the physical transformations, I helped people make the proper mental shift as well, recommending certain personal development books that have been able to change my life, books like “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz and “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson. To watch these people change before my eyes has been a tremendous and fulfilling experience, and something that I would never trade for anything!

I forgot to mention that I’m now a full time Beachbody Coach! With the way the Beachbody Business is set up, I can help people every day and be able to support my family at the same time. To me, though, it doesn’t feel like a job, but rather a hobby that I just enjoy doing, just like volunteering to be a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. I love what I do, and am completely passionate about being a Coach, and literally have my dream career. Now, though, I have even bigger aspirations. I want to give back even more than I already do, and am in the process of starting something to help kids deal with bullying. Bullying is a MAJOR issue in this country, and being bullied myself when I was young, I feel that I can have a huge impact and help thousands of kids! Be on the lookout because something HUGE is coming soon!

I am so fortunate to have been brought up the way I have and go through certain life experiences to where I can have a positive impact on other’s lives. From my involvement in Big Brothers Big Sisters to my experiences as a Beachbody Coach, nothing can replace that feeling of fulfillment, and I will continue to search for more ways that I can have a positive impact on the world!

Jan 15

Balancing Your Life

Beachbody Trip UtahFirst of all, sorry I haven’t been around for the past few weeks, but I decided to take a few trips to relax and have some fun! This actually fits right into the topic of this post, but I took some of the Beachbody Coaches on my team to Whistler, BC for a snowboarding trip, and then went out to Utah to do some more snowboarding and for a CAB (Coach Advisory Board) meeting. Anyways, I know a lot of people who work their tail off, but don’t take time to enjoy life. What’s the point? I have a motto, and sure it might be cliche and a common one, but it’s “work hard and play harder.” I live by that motto! Balancing your life between work and play is crucial, and I’m going to explain why.

I have accomplished a lot over the past 5 years. I have gotten into the best shape of my life, built a thriving Beachbody Business (won Top Beachbody Coach 2010), got married, and now have a 3 year old child. Every single one of these involves hard work and commitment to maintain, there is no doubt about that. However, for as hard as I have worked, I have enjoyed life just as much, if not more! Hard work is in my blood. For years and years I have watched my father work his tail off to build and maintain his businesses, and he’s done a great job, but very rarely takes the time to enjoy life. He’s 100% hard work ALL THE TIME! I have gotten my work ethic from him, but I have realized that there is no point to working hard if you’re not going to enjoy everything that you have worked so hard for. For years I made sacrifices, working late hours, pushing myself to extremes, but I did that for the freedom that I would attain by doing so. Now that I have that freedom, both financially and with time, why not live life to the fullest? It’s important, and that’s why I do it! It keeps me sane.

Let’s talk about balance with health and fitness. I’ve got a strong opinion when it comes to eating healthy and “cheating” on your diet. There are some people who think that you should eat healthy 100% of the time, NEVER cheating on your diet! Not me. I don’t believe that’s healthy for anyone. 98% of the time I’m a healthy eater. I will go days and days eating NOTHING bad for me, but there comes a point where I just want a slice of pizza or to have a few drinks with my friends, so I do. Do I worry about it? No. Why? Because I know that the next day I will be right on track, and that one cheat meal isn’t going to hurt my results or cause me to gain weight. Doing this keeps me balanced, and I’m able to maintain the path to my long term fitness goals. However, there is something that’s VERY important to understand here and a couple exceptions to the rule! (1) If you just started your fitness journey, it’s not smart to have a cheat meal every week. Go through your 90 days of P90X or whatever program you’re using, get the results, and then you can have some balance by eating a cheat meal every once in a while. (2) Don’t go crazy! Cheat meals can turn into cheat days, and then cheat weekends, or even cheat weeks, so it’s important that you limit yourself to just one cheat meal. By having this balance, it will keep you sane and focused on your long term fitness goals.

Balance with work and family. This was mostly what I was talking about above, but you have to have a balance between your work and family time. If you work too much, you will chase away the people you care about the most, your family and friends. What good does it do to work hard and make money and have nobody there to enjoy it with? It doesn’t. Work hard all day, but establish a cut-off time each evening where you shut off your phone, close your computer, and focus 100% of your attention on your family. I don’t care HOW BUSY you are, this is something that you absolutely 100% MUST DO! If you still have a lot of work to do, wait until your husband, wife, or children go to bed and then get back to work. Your family should be your #1 priority, so give them the attention that they deserve. It will help you maintain and healthy and happy relationship with them!

Enjoy life! If you work extremely hard like I do, you have to take time to enjoy life. What’s the point of working hard to make money if you aren’t going to do anything with it? I enjoy traveling, and now that I have the finances to do so, I do it a LOT! I love taking my coaches, family, and friends on trips. There are some point where I get so burnt out from working so much, and taking trips to places like Whistler, Tahiti, or the Cayman Islands helps me relax and refocus. What I find is that when I come back from these trips, I am more motivated than ever to get things done! These trips definitely help with my productivity. When on the trips, though, make sure you disengage from your business. It’s not going to be a good trip if you’re on the phone or your computer the entire time. Something I do is make it a “rule” that phones and computers have to be shut off. Your business is not going to go away just because you’re gone for a few days. Trust me, it will be there when you get back (unless something DRASTIC happens of course!)!

So hopefully you now have a good understanding of the important of staying BALANCED! It will be great for your relationships, your health, and your business!