Do you just want to push water down the river or do you want to change the course of the river? Yanik Silver
I heard this quote on a video recently I immediately began to think about my career as a trainer or as a coach, which is how I see it now.
I’ve learned over the years that I didn’t actually know everything. Nope. I had so much to learn. I know realize that I will never stop learning and that is the way things are. It’s actually really amazing.
I will admit that I made so many mistakes as a young trainer. I experienced a little bit of success and from there had the idea that I “knew everything” that everyone needed to do. My way worked so why not do it that way?
I was wrong.
I know now that training someone exactly the same as you train yourself can be a big mistake. Obviously no two people are exactly the same so you can understand that.
Moreover, no two people are ever likely in the same place. This is where I really missed the boat.
I was great at teaching people what to do in the here and now but the long term outcomes were less than what I expected.
I couldn’t understand why a person would do so well we me as their trainer but afterwards they struggled and even flopped.
I focused on nothing but transactions and outcomes and rarely the person. I hate to admit this but it was true. It didn’t come from a malicious place; it was what I knew at the time.
I am happy to say that over the last 4 years things have changed.
My focus is no longer on outcomes, its on transformation. It’s on new life.
It’s on relationships.
Many of our clients don’t really understand completely and often get bothered by this new philosophy.
Since the evolution of Facebook and instant gratification, everyone wants everything now.
Life doesn’t work that way and neither does fitness.
I realized over time that my joy was not in people gaining muscle and losing weight at all, it was in seeing them change and become better people, better mothers and fathers, better husbands and wives, better sons, daughters, friends and ultimately the best version of who they were destined to be.
Believe it or not, everything else is just lagniappe. It really is.
My “Why” and the cause for what I wanted to do in my life and in my business is growth and development. I wanted to provide a place for personal growth for my clients and my staff as well.
Make no mistake; I am attempting to grow as well. We all need to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. It only helps us to reach our true potential.
Many times in the past 10 years I have participated in multiple ministries looking to satisfy my longing to help people. I often asked God to take me out of fitness so I could find my true calling. Obviously he didn’t.
He wanted me here. I learned that I could make a huge impact and be a force for good right where I am. My opportunity was right in front of my eyes. Not that it would still be easy but its here.
It has not been easy but is has been great.
I genuinely believe that everyone can do anything they put their minds and hearts to but it would take time and sacrifice. It couldn’t be tomorrow. Change takes time. It takes education. Its takes inspiration. It takes ownership.
It takes a culture and a team. A village. A tribe.
It also could not just be about you. Any good result a person is looking for will force them to go outside of themselves and reach for something that makes them uncomfortable.
Love of self is surely important but love of another must accompany this as well.
The first reason I left a comfortable career was to be able to do charitable work through my talents and abilities as a coach and fitness business. I saw the hurt that obesity, health problems and messing lives created.
But it wasn’t just about getting “fixed” yourself, it was about helping others to do the same. It was about putting people first.
I finally realize that loosing weight, building muscle and feeling better was more than weightlifting and meal plans.
It was more than sets, reps and training sessions. Those are all good but they go away.
You being your best you will never go away.
The majority of a person’s life will not be spent in the gym. It will be spent in the messiness of life. It’s a challenge for us all.
I know this and I wanted to make a difference.
I wanted my business to be bigger than me. I want to help more people inside and outside of the walls of my gym.
I have an intense desire to create a better world for our clients and friends to the full extent that I have the opportunity. I want them to experience a better life, one that I know is there for them.
Yes, I’ll give you everything else (workouts, nutrition etc.) but I won’t do it without you giving something back too.
“What we all want is to be valued members of a winning team on an inspiring mission.”
This is the mission of LEAN Performance Academy.
“Changing lives from the inside out.”
As you might understand, I have just as intense of a desire to raise my family and provide a safe and stable life for them but not at the expense of other people.
I want to make a difference for all of us.
My desire is to transform lives and maybe even exceed what anyone thought was possible. I believe it can be done.
I can’t do it alone.
It starts with you and me.
As much as the fitness world is bent on trying to convince everyone that change comes quick. It doesn’t.
It takes a lifetime.
I don’t just want to push water down the river, I want to change the course and I want to do it together. J
May God bless you and if we cross paths on your fitness/life journey, LEAN Performance academy would love to partner with you on this path to the best version of you! (and me)
To your success,
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