Coach Noah and I do burpees in the gym just after we got the keys to the warehouse.
Today is my birthday. As I get closer to the big Five Oh, I'm 48 today, I reflect on my life and the things I've learned over these past 48 years. One of the most valuable lessons? Admit you don't know everything.
A year ago last October, I got up on stage in front of strangers and members of our gym and admitted I need help. This was probably one of the most difficult public speaking engagements I've ever agreed to do. I don't have much fear of public speaking. I have won awards, been interviewed on TV & radio, and used to lead my squadron in PT (physical training). No, public speaking is not a problem for me. What is a problem for me? Admitting that I need help.
I had just 99 seconds to convince my audience to grant me $5000 in a pitch contest sponsored by Bunker Labs. I knew I needed to make a convincing case for the money. I spent several weeks agonizing about what I would say. You see, I wanted that money so I can hire a business coach. I knew that if I asked for $5000 worth of new air assault bikes it wouldn't bring in more members or convince any of you to stay. While it would be cool to have a fleet of bikes, it's not going to make True Spirit CrossFit better. What would make True Spirit better is if I became better. I was super worried that if I admitted I need to be better, it was the same as admitting I am not good enough. Wow! talk about overthinking and getting out of my head.
After a few days of meditating and journaling I realized asking for help is a sign of strength. It's all too easy to just keep things as status quo and drift into complacency. True Spirit is paying its bills, the coaches get paid, why does it need to be better? Because status quo and complacency is not the world in which I live.
I live in the world of knowing what are my strengths and weaknesses. I live in the world of self-development, self-awareness and self actualization. That means I need to be strong enough to know when I need help and astute enough to know from whom I need to ask for it. That's what I did last year. I set aside my doubts, worries and fears that people would learn my big secret, "I don't know how to do it all by myself." Shocking, I know. I'm sure you've never felt that way.
Once I realized that asking for help is the absolute best thing I can do for True Spirit CrossFit, I knew that nothing would stand in my way. I knew that I would get on stage and give the best 99 second speech of my life. I did and I won $5000.
For the past year I have been a part of the Two Brain Business mentoring program. I have tightened our operations and systems, implemented new ideas, and done lots of tweaking, twisting, and altering. Our gym values are to be safe, fun effective and inclusive of everyone who walks through our door. We are the best CrossFit gym in Bozeman. Together with our staff I will continue to examine and tweak this business so I can offer you the best fitness and health programs in the valley.
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