Leading with Gratitude Can Change Everything

Some very relevant and heart-felt words of wisdom and inspiration from our Director of Operations Kim Healey.

Leading with gratitude can change everything. 

At the Abs Company we got together as a team in 2016 and brainstormed on our Purpose, our Mission and our Core Values.  It was a great step for our company, one that I can say changed everything for The Abs Company. Our purpose is to CHANGE LIVES from the Core and our Mission is to become the WORLD LEADER in core and functional training solutions.  Having a purpose gives us true meaning in our work. Having a mission provides us with a north star something to orient ourselves toward, to provide direction. Of course a company can be successful without a purpose and a mission but I do believe that putting these in writing can truly change the course of a business.  In addition to our purpose and mission, we developed our Core Values. These Core Values are non-negotiable, in order to work at The Abs Company you have to hold these values dear and live them day in and day out in the work place and hopefully in your personal life as well. They are a part of our everyday language and they drive our company culture.  Together as a team we brainstormed and came up with 11 of our 12 core values: 

  • We believe that FITNESS CHANGES LIVES.
  • We believe that hard work pays off and produces RESULTS that MATTER.
  • We KEEP IT REAL.
  • We believe that to be a great company we must have great RELATIONSHIPS.
  • We believe in constant IMPROVEMENT, both business and personal.
  • We demand HONESTY and Purpose: INTEGRITY from ourselves and others.
  • We never give up because we believe that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.
  • We believe in taking risks to INNOVATE because we are not afraid to fail.
  • We believe that our team is FAMILY.
  • We value all humanity and believe that we should always GIVE BACK.
  • We believe in our PRODUCTS and the BENEFITS they provide for our customers.

About a year later Sean Gagnon, our CEO came to the team with one additional core value, he suggested that it always be listed as our number 1 core value.  It was WE LEAD WITH GRATITUDE. These 12 core values have become very dear to me over the years, each one in its own way. I recall instances when I leaned on this or that core value and times when I would incorporate one of our core values into a conversation with a customer vendor or colleague.  There are times that a core value has helped me WIN or helped me out of a difficult position. I have found that in just about every situation if I stop and think for a moment, one of our core values relates and can be used to either compliment or resolve that circumstance. Recently I was asked which one of our core values was my favorite, my immediate response was that question is impossible to answer.  But after giving it some careful thought I landed on my answer, my favorite core value. I believe that this one sets us apart, it is the foundation upon which all of our other core values rest, and without it our company would not be what it is today. My favorite core value is: WE LEAD WITH GRATITUDE

I don’t have my own personal core values etched out and written down, however when trying to decide on my favorite core value at The Abs Company, I discovered that without even realizing it at the time, gratitude was a state of mind that could possibly have saved my life many years ago. 

Just over 21 years ago on a hot day in May, my 7 year son Timmy fell from an open window in our home and later died from the injuries he sustained in the fall. I was just 35 years old at the time, a mother of 3 energetic and adorable little boys. How does one survive this type of unthinkable tragedy? When I stop and think about it one of the things that pulled me through was gratitude.  It was certainly not a conscious decision to be grateful in such a time of tragic loss, but I think it was a gut instinct a survival strategy. It was faith that I could and would survive in the end despite the harsh reality that my son had died. I recently came across a journal I kept that first year after Timmy’s death, there was an entry on the first Thanksgiving, just 187 days after his death, where I listed everything I was thankful for.  It was written in list format each sentence starting with: “I am thankful for….”. I still remember writing that entry, tears in my eyes, my heart broken, but still filled with gratitude. 

I am certain that this instinct to be grateful in difficult situations, can also apply to business.  In August of 2017, The Abs Company sent our team to Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within program. It was a powerful 3 day program and had a lot of good insights on mindset and training yourself to be of a constructive, energetic mindset in order to improve your life.  One of the things Tony teaches is that it’s physically impossible to be angry and grateful at the same time.

If you can shift your focus and find something to be grateful for, you can push away the negative mindset. I have found over the years sometimes I just need the smallest reminder to activate my grateful heart and to turn things around and focus on gratitude.  Many people tend to give thanks after a bad situation is averted or when something wonderful happens, it’s a little bit more difficult to be grateful in difficult times. It’s kind of interesting once you have this mindset of being grateful, you can find something to be thankful for in just about every situation. You just have to look for it.  

In business there are always going to be ups and downs, highs and lows, it’s a marathon and not a sprint.  If you keep leading with gratitude in all situations and looking for the things to be thankful for, the lows won’t seem as low, you will withstand the storms and come out stronger, happier and more successful.   At The Abs Company we LEAD with GRATITUDE – we strive to always be thankful for our colleagues, our customers, our vendors and our families. It’s just who we are.  


Team Member Spotlight

We’re excited to bring you our next Team Member Spotlight. Meet Kristin Harrington, Commercial Sales Manager here at The Abs Company. We love featuring our Sales Team. They spend every day speaking directly to our customers, doing everything they can to help them change the lives of their members. Embodying our mission – We Change Lives from the Core. Here’s a little bit about Kristin…

 

How would you explain your position/role at The Abs Company?

I help health clubs provide a better member experience by focusing on 2 key areas of the club – ABS and Functional.

How did you get into fitness/ the fitness industry?

Years ago I started working out and was amazed at how great I felt and how much fun it was. I ended up getting certified in spinning and also worked as a trainer.

What do you like best about your job?

I love to meet and connect with new people and to learn about their stories. I love the fact that I can have an impact on someones life. Fitness truly does change lives!   

Which Core Value means the most to you and why?

We lead with gratitude.  I don’t take anything for granted.  My mom died at age 36. I am so grateful for my health and the fact that I get to do what I love everyday and to truly change lives from the core. 

What is your favorite TAC product and why?

I love the Abs Bench X2.  You can do 3 exercises on one bench. plus it gives it that nice “burn”. I also love the Target Abs. It is so easy to use plus no adjustments.

What is something you enjoy doing outside of work?

I love decorating. I just bought a new townhouse and can’t wait to decorate it.  You can literally transform a room by adding different color pillows and some green plants.

Anything else you would like people to know?

My favorite saying is have what you want, but want what you have!  Appreciate the little things in life.  Enjoy what you have instead of always searching for something bigger and better. 

 


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Team Member Spotlight

How would you explain your position at The Abs Company?

I am the Director of Marketing at The Abs Company.  Currently I oversee both B2B and Consumer direct marketing efforts giving me the opportunity to wear many hats – which I really enjoy. There’s never a shortage of work to do and I NEVER EVER get bored!  

How did you get into fitness/ the fitness industry?

I’ve always been involved in sports and am definitely a bit of a TomBoy. But truth be told, I didn’t set out to work in the fitness industry. I was in Marketing & Sales in the Theme Park industry for over 15 years. I loved being able to make a difference in our guests’ lives by delivering a world class, once in a lifetime experience. When I met Sean and saw what he was doing for his “guests’” lives – it was a no brainer. It was something I was excited and honored to become a part of. 

What do you like best about your job?

I love so many things about my job. But I guess one of the biggest things is the opportunity to help people around the world get healthier and fit with such cool, innovative and FUN products. Most of our products didn’t exist before in the industry. It’s really hard to innovate these days. Seems like everything has already been done. But we have managed to do it over and over with equipment like the TireFlip 180®…the Ab Coaster…the Ab Solo and more! I love that about our company. 

Which Core Value means the most to you and why?

Based on my love for our innovation, my favorite Core Value should probably be: We believe in taking risks to INNOVATE because we are not afraid to fail. But on a Personal level my favorite is definitely We Lead with Gratitude. It’s something I try to do in my life everyday. I’m grateful for so very much – good and bad. That Core Value aligns perfectly with my life.

What is your favorite TAC product and why?

I would have to say the TireFlip 180®. Again, it’s innovative, fun, there’s a ton you can do on it besides “flipping” and it solved 2 huge problems for our customers. Space, Safety – and it just looks cool! 

What is something you enjoy doing outside of work?

I’m a mom of 2 boys. I’m happy doing pretty much anything with them. They’re grown now (18 & 24) and I’m fortunate that we still enjoy spending time together and I truly like them as PEOPLE, not just my kids. We love sports (especially football), camping, traveling, the beach and sometimes a good binge watching session of Game of Thrones or the Office. 🙂 

Anything else you would like people to know? 

I’m here to help. Truly. Not just in a Customer Service kind of way. I mean I really love to help people. I like to do what I can, whenever I can. At home, at work, personally, professionally. If there is something that I am able to do to make someone’s life a little better, a little easier, a little happier….I try to do it. I’m a huge believer in giving back and paying it forward. I just think it’s so important to be there for one another and lending a hand where you can. You never know what it means to someone. So if you need anything – I’m here. 🙂