For as long as I can remember I have spent many days living a “farmer’s work ethic.” For a short period of time I actually did work on a farm. I have always had a job and have never turned down an opportunity to work more, a curse in many ways.
Here is an example, my typical Monday; Alarm goes off at 3:53am, I take the dog for a quick walk and head straight for the gym. I unlock the doors around 4:30am, turn the lights on and spend the next 2 hours training in solitude (only time of the day I actually spend alone). At around 6:15am I head home for a quick shower, breakfast, some quick family time and then off to work. I teach, mentor, advise and coach high school students, athletes and coaches until roughly 6:00pm. I then head home for a quick dinner and family time then head back to the gym for some more coaching, this time for adults looking to improve their health and wellness
As you can see, from 3:53am to 9pm, I am on my grind. I am hustling day in and day out to provide for my family and help others improve in their health, fitness and athletic endeavors.
I am no stranger and certainly not afraid of hard work. I also have the inability to say no to a friend or colleague who needs help. With that said, I do feel as though I have missed opportunities and have been waiting for something to bigger to come along. Waiting is a treacherous game.
Unfortunately, at 31, I am nowhere near where I thought I would be at this point in my life. For lack of a better way to phrase it, I have spent almost all of my time working IN my business as opposed to working ON my business. I have sacrificed friends, family, etc. to work tirelessly at something with no end goal. But…change is a brewing.
My wife and I spent our New Year’s Eve painting, yes painting. We used the book “One Word That Will Change Your Life” by Jon Gordon to guide us through a series of exercises to select a theme for the year. We then chose one word that epitomized that theme and painted it on some canvas. I ended up with the word “COURAGE.” The courage to say no. The courage to do things outside of my comfort zone, and most importantly the courage to change my life.
Shortly after, we solidified the idea that it was time to leave NYC, a place that I called home for almost a decade. We are reinventing ourselves in our hometown of Utica, NY. In a few short months we will be opening CrossFit Utica, a small strength and conditioning facility designed to help people move better and achieve their health, fitness and sport goals.
With courage came opportunity.
What would you do with the opportunity to change your life? How will you define your day, your month, your year, your life? Take some time and think about where you are and where you want to be. Remember…you are the driver of your life, so take the wheel and make something great happen!