Today I’d just like to share a bit of my story with you. It doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with inspiring you for greater health or fitness, but it might give you a little better understanding of who I am and why I do what I do.
I think if you are going to find true happiness in life it’s important to take the time to think about three things:
- Where have you been?
- Where are you now?
- Where do you want to be?
Where Have I Been?
I’ve been part of corporate America. I’ve had my head bitten off and had my legs knocked out from under me. Sadly, I recall a few times that I was the biter and the one knocking someone else down. In the end, a traditional career left me scratching and scraping for more, all the while feeling like I wasn’t good enough to achieve the success everyone expected of me.
Frankly, I never really liked myself all that much in that environment and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t that much fun to work with. I allowed my seriousness and drive to overtake my ability to form relationships with others. That same seriousness and drive put the health of our family at risk.
Where Am I Now?
I’m walking a fine line of balancing a “traditional” desk job with my passion for fitness and personal training. While it’s certainly not as cut-throat as agency life, there’s something about sitting behind a desk that makes me restless and leaves me questioning if what I’ve done has made any difference in the world.
Please don’t misunderstand me, it’s not about whether your job is behind or desk or not, or whether you make minimum wage or a fat salary – it’s about PASSION. If you have passion and drive for what you do then I assure you that you ARE making a difference.
On the other hand when I walk out of a training session or spend time in a fitness class I feel a surge of energy. It’s hard to put into words but my mood instantly improves and I genuinely have a smile of my face.
There’s just something about helping someone achieve a new fitness goal or seeing their face when they accomplish an exercise they are certain they won’t be able to perform let alone finish an entire set.
Not to mention the unique relationships I am able to build with clients from all different walks of life. From friends, to students, to faculty to retirees, each of them teaches me something about life and myself as I take the time to teach them about striving for their goals.
Where Do I Want To Be?
Bottom line…I want to live a life of passion.
So for those who ask, “Why training?”
It’s because I make a difference that I can see. Life’s short and for me a career is more about the lives I impact than the dollars I make or titles I hold.
“This is your life. Are you who you want to be?” – Switchfoot