Everyone has to have some kind of goal to reach or something to serve as a target for improvement in their life. I know that if I don’t have some sort of goal, I am just wasting time and not growing as an individual. I feel that after the culmination of many years of work and experience, it is time to really take it to the next level. I can’t think of a better way of doing it, then to include the support and understanding of those around me.
So, for the next year, I will be logging my personal progress toward my goals. That includes my struggles as well. I really hope that through all of this, you get a good glimpse behind this trainer’s life. I don’t intend to paint a flawless picture–quite the contrary–I want everyone to see a realistic view of my life and what I am trying to achieve. I’m not making this to brag or show off, rather, I just want to give an accurate account of someone in fitness, trying to reach their goals.
I will be posting on Saturday for the week before, beginning January 9th 2010. Eventually, there will be some video footage of me training toward these goals. I hope that everyone will enjoy the journey with me. So here we go my friends…let the journey begin….
1. GET STRONGER. Maybe that sounds like a modest goal, but I think if you look a little deeper, you might just find a different meaning. For me, getting stronger begins on the inside. I spent the better part of my youth having people I grew up with, tell me that it couldn’t be done, or that I would never accomplish certain things. Thankfully, being incredibly stubborn is a wonderful gift that runs in my family. Don’t get me wrong, I have to constantly fight doubt and insecurity, but there is one thing that keeps me going: all of you.
This brings me to the point of this goal: I wish to continually get stronger, so that I may better help or serve all of those around me. I can’t make anyone else stronger, if I don’t constantly try to grow stronger myself. My life and my purpose is for everyone else. I was born, and that is who I am.
2. PERFECTION IN MARTIAL ARTS. For those of you who don’t know, I do a lot of different martial arts. My two favorites are Wrestling and Wing Chun. I dare say that in the 23 years of wrestling, I feel that I have gained a certain amount of proficiency. That is due in large part to having people who needed my help, and spending countless hours perfecting it so that I could simplify and teach it. Wing Chun, on the other hand, is a different animal. There is quite a storied history here, but the long and the short of it is; that I have spent nearly twelve years practicing this art, but have let my goals slip. It is now time for me to kick it into gear. I have just begun working with my teacher again, and I have a lot of ground to cover—but I will do it. Almost every good lesson I have learned in life, has come from Wing Chun. It keeps me balanced and busy, and enriches the training I do with clients and classes because it forces me to think in different ways.
3. BECOME FASTER. Not too long ago, I started trading out workouts with John Hayden from Acceleration Indiana. One time a week I train him in Kickboxing, and in return, he trains me in speed on the super treadmill. I have learned so much about myself and running mechanics, and that has helped me help everyone else. It has been great to step out of my comfort zone, and learn something from the ground up again. By being trained, it keeps me in touch with what other people experience when I train them. In my opinion, it’s not meant for a trainer or teacher to be on some unattainable level. I would rather people view me as an ordinary person who has some knowledge and experience to share, but understands how rewarding, and sometimes frustrating it can be.
We all rely on everyone around us everyday—whether we always realize it or not. I am fortunate enough to belong to a community that cares about growth and supporting each other.
4. BE A BETTER PERSON. It is absolutely my wish to become a better person. It seems like a meager, or perhaps inconsequential goal, but it is very important to me to use the abilities I have been given to help the world—or at least my corner of it. Having said that, I have come to a place in my life, where I understand my experience more and more.
In the not-so-distant past, I didn’t give enough thought to helping others as I should. Working here at the club has been a blessing; it has been a second chance for me to get things right. Make no mistake; there are still things in my personality to overcome, and the best way for me to do that, is to give all that I can to everyone—it’s only then that I will further understand myself and grow.
So here it is; I am putting myself on the front lines. My hopes and ambitions are on display for everyone to see. It isn’t going to be easy, it isn’t going to happen overnight, but it will happen. So now, my friends, I am asking you to help keep me accountable, as I keep you accountable. You are all a part of my journey, as I hope I am a part of yours. So let’s take a deep breath, and walk the path together! Again, thank you in advance!