I am excited to announce that 2017 marks 14 years in the fitness industry. Through more than 5 relocations I have been built up, knocked down and worked to mental and physical exhaustion more time than I care to recount. Seven day work weeks are the norm in this industry, especially when you are just starting out and trying to make a name for yourself… and pay the bills. It can sometimes feel like a rollercoaster, both literally and figuratively. You have high moments, low moments, slow creeps to the top and fast returns to the bottom. The praise from others (especially your peers) will send you on a high, while the criticism from a small handful of people can send you plummeting to your low. Why do the unwarranted opinions of a few matter so much? Why do suddenly develop a photographic memory when it comes to these people, but can’t remember if we put on matching socks this morning? While I can’t speak for anyone other than myself, I know that there are others out there like me that work a standard 12-14 hour day, teach multiple classes a day, listen to the feedback of a large membership base in the form of sit downs, emails, calls or texts, and manage the varying degrees of personalities of multiple instructors. Which can sometimes feel like managing a bipolar cat with mood swings every hour, on the hour.
The great instructors pour their heart and every ounce of energy they have into a class only to have someone come back and criticize their craft. One thing that I’ve had to learn over time is, it everyone will see or understand your vision. And that’s okay. It’s up to you to embrace it and run with it regardless. There will be some that fully get where you are coming from and there will be those that kind of, sort of get it but not really… but they’re going to fake it until they do. These are your ride or die’s. Those are the people who will — as Oprah once said, “ride the bus with you” until it either breaks down or you upgrade to the limo. These are also the people who will afford you the grace to make mistakes, because they too have been in your shoes at some point… trying to figure everything out, and trying finding your voice in what seems to be an endless sea of noise and chatter.
The ones that don’t see or understand your vision are not without purpose; they will FORCE you to grow. But your ride or die’s will HELP you grow. They will always provide you with nuggets, which are essentially all of the tools and information you need to make informed decisions. Each nugget represents an area of growth. Sometimes you may get a lot and feel completely overwhelmed, and other time you may only get a couple. No matter where you are in your journey, you are always learning and growing. I would never change the road I’m on because each challenge I have faced has equipped me with a new skill that I needed to bring me to this point in my career. Each class pushes me to continually evolve as an instructor and for those that have been apart of my community for the past 13 years. . . .THANK YOU!!