I was doing ok.
I coached my 4 nights a week of classes.
I managed a gym.
I tucked my kids in at night.
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
I walked away.
What motivates us to make changes in our lives? What is “motivation”?
Motivation is the drive and belief that we can do better!
It is the notion that we have more to give, whether it is in something as simple as a workout or in life. I love seeking out motivators. I love going on a quest for people that aren’t afraid to get in your face and scream “You’re holding back! Stop it! You have more in you!” And more importantly, they believe that whatever more you have to give benefits the world.
And so what motivated me, was that little voice that said you are being held back, you love it, but you can give more.
Give more to your wife.
Give more to your daughters.
Give more to your readers.
Give more to the world.
If you just let go…so I did.
It hurt and still hurts on days when I drive by the gym. I think of it as MY gym, but it isn’t. I did not own it, I managed it as best as I could for years. I poured my heart and soul into running the classes I did. I was the every-man coach. No athletic background, but an eye for detail and a quest for knowledge and wanting to get better. But at the end of the day, it still wasn’t mine, it was just a part of me.
It still motivates me to know that it is out there and think about the athletes there. I love them…and they better know it!
But with the change, I was given the opportunity to give more to those I train as well. I got smaller. I train out of my garage with a simple philosophy…
One Athlete, One Goal, One Success
I have been able to truly focus on the different things that every athlete is looking for and wanting out of their training. Want general health…I can do that. Want to get bigger numbers on the lifts…got you covered too. Just want to work on those Olympic lifts…Let’s get it.
So I am motivated by the dream of helping someone change in the ways that they want to. I get to be the voice in their head that says “You can do more! You have more in the tank!”
And that voice hopefully pushes them to make the hard decisions, knowing it will make them better, and able to give more!