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Arm Yourself with the Best

iGnite team

The iGnite team during our 2015 summer boat outing

Point to Ponder:
Are the five people you spend the most time with causing you to give up on your dreams, or do they nurture your dreams and your life?

“If we surround ourselves with people who are successful, who are forward-moving, who are positive, who are focused on producing results, who will support us, it will challenge us to be more, do more and share more. If you surround yourself with people who will never let you settle for less than you can be, you have the greatest gift that anyone can hope for.”
– Anthony Robbins

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

It was just over nine years ago that my short, yet colorful life journey began making sense. All of the “who, why, and what for” puzzle pieces created a vivid and crystal clear picture of my purpose, which is when I created iGnite. The process wasn’t sophisticated nor predictable. Rather, it consisted of a few meetings with a dear friend and mentor at Starbucks where I revealed my heart’s desire and vision, coupled with challenging questions and critical thinking. Within a few weeks I answered his tough questions, though my business brainchild remained nameless. We both recognized that the name had to be something I loved, and that conveyed an inspirational, energetic and timeless message. As we tossed around different ideas he said, “it sounds like you want to ignite their lives!” “YES!”, I shouted. He smiled, I wrote it down, and the rest is history.

I love to share and reminisce about that story simply because of its spontaneous nature. There are also many more stories like this, all of which have provided me with unforeseeable lessons and growth opportunities over the past nine years. One of the most important pieces of advice that has provided me with the most personal and professional value, is “Be intentional with whom you surround yourself with, and arm yourself with the best.”

iGnite began the first Monday in October of 2006, and by February I had hired a professional business coach, Michelle Ewalt, who I worked with for three years. She was aware of all of my thoughts, plans, and ideas for iGnite, which for a one-woman show was a giant feat. She also knew that Russell and I wanted to have children one day, so during a meeting she suggested I spend my time determining the five, non-negotiable characteristics I wanted in an iGnite leader. I explained that I wasn’t interested in sharing this business with anyone else, simply because I couldn’t imagine another person loving and caring for our members and aligning with the vision as I did. But what she knew that I didn’t know at the time was this; “no branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain on the vine.” (John 15:4). I realize this verse has much greater meaning beyond my situation, but Michelle knew that on my own, the mission would not be fruitful. She also knew that if I wanted to see my personal goals come true, like having a family, forming a team was essential. And so, that exact day I identified and wrote down the five, non-negotiable characteristics of an iGnite team member. Within one year, the inspiring and wonderful women began appearing, and continue to, which currently make up what I think is the most beautiful, talented and special team in all of Austin and beyond. As a result, our membership is a mirror-image of our team, making up a spectacular community of love, health and kindness. The fruit is rich and we are blessed!

One of the unforeseeable lessons I learned is that in order for me to give my gift, which is the ability to personally and professionally give and be the best Neissa and pursue my dreams and passions, it can’t happen alone, and I must arm myself with the best. Per the words of the late world class track athlete Steve Prefontaine, “to give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” I’ve decided that I don’t want to sacrifice my gift, and so with intention I not only arm myself with those who are the best at what they do (both personally and professionally), but I also arm myself with people who are better than me (personally and professionally) so I can up my game, grow, and become my best. As the late Jim Rohn says, “we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”

This week I invite you to be intentional with me and arm yourself with the best so you don’t sacrifice your gift. And, so we can be our best, we must constantly be evaluating and asking ourselves the following questions from Jim Rohn: “Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question. Is that okay? Life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.”

Action Item:
Make a short list of the five characteristics of the people you want and need in your life that can help you become your best.

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LEADER SPOTLIGHT: Molly McCauley

About Molly

Molly McCauley

Molly studied Nutrition at the University of Texas and continued her passion for health and wellness by becoming a trainer and group fitness instructor, joining us at iGnite just over two years ago. Known for her upbeat attitude, care for others and genuine interest in the lives of those that take her classes, Molly is a wonderful asset to the iGnite leadership team.  Her classes are always challenging yet able to be modified for all fitness levels, and leave participants walking away with a smile on their faces — having not only enjoyed a great workout, but also having spent time with a group of friends that share their lives throughout class.

Now, let’s get to know Molly a little bit better…

1. What motivates you to stay healthy? 

I’ve been active all my life, and I never want to get to a place where I can’t do something just because I’m unhealthy. Life is more fun when you are healthy!

2. What is your favorite summer memory? 

When I was little, we always went to our family’s lakehouse every summer for a week or two. Nothing mattered except for having fun, playing with family and friends, and being outdoors. It was the best time!

3. What is your favorite way to stay active?

iGniting of course! But lately I’ve also loved trying out new yoga studios. I never did yoga consistently before last year in August, and now I can’t get enough!

4. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given and from who?

I have two of these, and they are both from my dad.  The first is “good things come to those who wait” and the second is “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”

5. Your favorite exercise to incorporate into your classes? 

Lately my favorite exercise has been any variation of side planks — either dips or reach-throughs.

6. What is your dream summer vacation spot? 

The lakehouse! It’s on Lake Sam Rayburn. I love skiing, riding on the boat, digging my feet deep in the sand, playing with my younger cousins, and going for walks in the park. I guess I’m a kid at heart 🙂

7. Something people may not know about you? 

I don’t have a sense of smell.

8. Who is your biggest inspiration/role model and why? 

My dad — he has the best common sense of anyone I’ve ever met, and I look up to how wise he is. He makes everything so simple. And he is SO loving!

9. Your favorite “splurge” food? 

Chips and queso!

Join Molly for: 

Cardio Core | Mondays 6 & 7:30am, Wednesdays 6:30pm, Saturdays 8am

Cross Training | Tuesdays 6am, Thursdays 7:30am

Cardio Strength | Wednesdays 6am & 8am

Check out our class schedule here and come join one of her classes! 

Read more about Molly and all of our leaders here. 

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