Two years ago I started my journey with CrossFit. It’s surreal how far I’ve come in almost every facet of my life. Sometimes it takes a catalyst we didn’t see coming to really change who we are.
As I grinded through workout after workout, I looked inward. I believed that everything I was doing was for my own health. I thought that what I was doing was for me. Of course I had motivations to be around for my family, and to see my children grow up, but still I was selfish.
Even as I became a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and a Precision Nutrition Coach, I felt this was some way that I could make money doing something that I loved. It’s not that I was wrong per se to think this way. I mean, I wanted to help people for sure. My motivations for getting into the health and fitness industry were based on the idea that helping people become healthier would be rewarding… for ME.
While my intentions were good, my mindset was selfish. I kept thinking about what kind of career I could have that would benefit my family and I, rather than focusing on how I can help others and their families. The difference is subtle, yet profound.
There are over 7 billion people in this world, and that number grows by the day. How are we better served? By turning inward and only bettering ourselves? The limiting factor, of course, is fear. It’s fear that causes us to batten down the hatches and live like some hermit on a mountain. We worry constantly about how others will perceive us. We spend so much of our lives trying to make others happy, that we can become frozen in time by fear if we are not careful. I feel that the best way out is to genuinely serve those around us.
Here are some of my fears… Along with some ways to combat them.
I’m afraid clients wont view me as a credible source for nutrition information. But you’ve already coached clients who have had great success!
I’m afraid I will fail and will work the rest of my life doing something I hate. What makes you think you will fail? What data do you have to suggest that?
I’m afraid that I will let down my family. Your family loves you and will support you through everything!
I’m afraid that our videos, website, blog, etc wont look professional enough and no one will take us seriously. You’re just starting! Done is better than perfect!
The list goes on and on…
What fear is holding you back? I’ve felt the fear of starting to be healthier, perhaps like many of you! Being a big fat guy walking into a CrossFit gym is terrifying, but at what point do you decide that it’s not about you or your unfounded fears? At what point do you decide to be selfless and do it for your friends? Your family? Maybe even your neighbor? In a world full of hate, can’t we all be a beacon of inspiration?