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Have you ever noticed how things tend to slip after a business has been around for a while?

Recently I left my gym and guess what?
No one said goodbye.

I know.
So what?
Why do I care?

Well, to be honest, I don’t… at all.

But it’s noteworthy because my gym is only a few years old and when I first started going there I was always welcomed when I walked in, and when I left, someone never failed to say goodbye.

And if I’m being honest, it kinda got on my nerves. Just so awkward having these people, I don’t know, act like they care if I come in or leave.

But I digress.

Regardless of the awkwardness, the truth is it was pretty impressive how on top of things their staff was.


Clearly, I went to a gym that cared about its members and the quality of the experience they offered.

However, it’s three years later and when I walk in or leave now? Barely a grunt from one of the employees.

They’re usually far too busy exchanging stories and going over their Facebook posts or Instagram or whatever the heck they’re into these days.

And again, do I care?
No, not really.

It doesn’t take away from my experience at all, but it’s a considerable slide from the level of service and attention they demonstrated three years ago when they first opened.

Do I blame them?

This is pretty common.

New businesses start up on fire, pay attention to every little detail, and then over time, little things start to slide and fall off because they’re just focused on the “big” things.

This pitfall is not something that’s just unique to a business.
It’s something all of us deal with.

Like it or not, the reality is all of us let stuff slide over time.

Plans, routines, the best of intentions… all of those things start to fall off slowly but surely as we settle into the busyness of life and get lackadaisical with our schedules and disciplines.

When will my gym change the way they do things?
Probably only after they start to lose customers.


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Once they see it negatively affect their bottom line, they will take notice. Suddenly they will station a manager upfront whose job it is to micromanage the whole thing, ensuring all employees are saying hello, waving goodbye, dusting the counters, whatever it takes to get back to the way it was in the beginning when things were thriving.

That’s fine for business.
But for you? For me? No good.

We don’t want to wait until things are off the rail to correct them.

That’s just not an effective way of living. In fact, that’s the least effective way of living and this is why we all need accountability.

We need people in our life that are going to be there to gently prod and remind us, “Hey man, you are kind of letting things slide. Maybe you need to tighten things up a little more? Focus on your disciplines, your marriage, your relationships?”

It’s not about having someone in your life to smack you around and condemn you.

It’s about having somebody there who wants the best for you and will remind you of what you need to do to be your best.

When I meet with my accountability partner every week, our meetings are not characterized by a bunch of condemnations and why the heck didn’t you do that’s?


The purpose of our meetings is to talk about life, remind each other over goals, and help each other find the best way of achieving those goals while keeping our priorities intact.

One-on-one accountability is essential for truly effective living.

But I would also say that having some sort of likeminded community around you is just as essential because again, we all let things slide.

If my only source of accountability is one dude what’s to say that both of us don’t get sloppy and start skipping meetings? Before you know it, both our lives are falling apart because neither of us took the time to remind each other of what was important.

Having a community is different because there are multiple people involved.

Sure, we’re all going to let things slide here and there. But we have a group that serves as a cohesive force in our life that will help keep us on track and on task.

So two things for you:

First, if you don’t have a one-on-one accountability partner, I would highly encourage you to go find that person.

You won’t believe the immense benefit that will be to you over the course of your life.

Second, if you did not have a like-minded community around you, go find that too.

With the Live Free Community App, this an easy thing for men.

Just sign on and you have 24/7 access to a like-minded community who is there for you.

It doesn’t get easier than that!

Well, that’s about it for now, but I just want to encourage you again, make sure you have those people in your life to speak into you when things start to slide… because inevitably, they always will.

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