Here we go, another one of my "deep" posts for you. I hope this will make you think and take action. You see, about 1 1/2 years ago I was having dinner at my friends home in Florida, Ryan Lee.
We were speaking about my readiness to open a gym so I can do what I love most, which is training athletes, especially young athletes, and getting them STRONG.
I love the internet, but, I need fresh air, I need to wrap my hands around iron and sweat like my athletes do.
He told me to do what I love, and I stated boldly, I LOVE to train hard core, serious athletes. His reply, "That's what you were born to do. You were put on this earth to get people STRONG!"
Without a doubt, he is correct. I am great at getting people stronger than a MoFo, and sure, I have my lesser skilled areas that I am always working on and regularly connecting with friends in this industry on... things such as mobility, prehab and rehab. So I connect with gurus in these areas because attacking weaknesses is critical if you want to be successful.
I am following my destiny. I KNOW this because I can feel it in my heart, my gut, my bones and deep in my soul. This sounds a bit crazy, but, when you find your way, you will understand this.
Now, the flip side is this....
What do you do when people try to stop you, bring you down or make you feel bad about what you are doing?
It's not easy, I will not lie, you will need thick skin, because the naysayers are out there and want to bring you down, they despise your success and despise you for having what they don't have, doing what they don't want or simply because they feel they "deserve" it and you don't.
I receive e mails about many topics by the naysayers, topics such as I should be offering my web site for free, I should not make my certification area exclusive, I should train people in my garage and not a warehouse, etc.
Know this and know this VERY well: Not everyone will be happy with you, not everyone will like you, not everyone will agree with you and not everyone will accept you.
Push onward, push forward and remain strong. If I would allow the naysayers to interfere with my message I would be hurting the 10,000 PLUS subscribers to this newsletter and Blog who LOVE what they get from my posts.
This is why I screen all applicants for training at my gym as well a for becoming an Underground Strength Coach. There is enough negativity and lack mentality in this world, I do not want to be associated with it. This is why you must create mastermind groups and regularly find ways to expand your inner and outer self.
So, get some alone time, find a place that allows peace and quiet and really let your mind drift so you can see where it takes you, as you think about your destiny and why you are here on this earth. Don't worry, there is never just one answer. My ONLY destiny is not just about getting people strong.
It's about being a great family man, a husband and father, a role model for my children and for anyone I coach. It's about spreading the knowledge so others can help make someone else's life that much richer. It digs deeper and deeper. The list does go on and on, as will your list, because as you grow with success, so will your list.
In the end, stick with your gut feelings, trust your intuition and steam roll the naysayers.
Thanks for reading 🙂
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PS - I am returning e mails to the many of you who have e mailed me in response to the USC Gymnasium internship opportunity. I think I have made up my mind, but, I will continue to look through the e mails (slightly over 15 responses thus far!!) so feel free to send your info and reasons why to UndergroundStrengthCoach@gmail.com
PPS - Many things inspired this Blog post, but, believe it or not, watching the movie Evan Almighty got me thinking 🙂