No pressure dude.
That’s my theme gong forward with offering content. One of my biggest issues with sharing my thoughts, videos, tips, ideas, etc. has been putting pressure on myself to put out the best possible info and to do so as consistently as possible. But the fact is, I get all sorts of distracted with the infinite ideas and thoughts that rush trough my mind that I either don’t put out the best possible info, or I just don’t put anything out at all. So, rather than demanding so much from myself, I’m taking the pressure off and just allowing things to flow.
I know what I have to offer is of interest to people. My blog back in the day generated a respectable following, and people seem to enjoy coming to the gym and getting coached by me. So, I’ll share.
And here goes. Here’s a little story about holding back and why it doesn’t help anyone.
Back in 2004 I was graduating college and thinking about my place in the world as an adult. I had written a business plan for a baseball training facility in Washington, DC and was all sorts of excited about how easy it would be to just open the thing up and change peoples lives while getting crazy rich!
Well, turns out starting a business isn’t that easy, but I still had yet to really understand that because things got put on hold thanks to a contract offer to play pro baseball in Europe. So, I continued coaching (that and working on public baseball fields was how I earned money through college) and excitedly pursued my dream of playing in the Major Leagues.
Three seasons later I had “retired”from baseball and was now excitedly pursuing my new passion: fitness. My mentor at the time invited me up to Long Island, NY where his business partner was opening a huge indoor athletic facility. They wanted me to run the fitness side of things. “Josh Courage Training” turned to “Baseball Fitness” under the newly formed “Athletic Fitness”. I wrote a manifesto for athletic fitness and for anyone imbedded in the CrossFit world, it looks almost verbatim to what Greg Glassman wrote when coming up with CrossFit. It had 10 physical skills that I proposed all athletes should focus on improving across the board. This would lead to greater athleticism and that would lead to a higher level of play in their specific arena. I was so excited to introduce this style of training to young athletes as I thought is was a step more advanced than most of the college and pro strength and conditioning programs I had seen and tried over the few years I had been in the industry.
Unfortunately the facility, and my program never came to be. The owner was operating without permits and the city shut him down. And me, a lowly 23/24 year old with 3 years low level pro baseball experience and a music degree could not survive in Long Island without a promise of a job. I crashed on a friends couch in Manhattan for a couple months while interviewing at some gyms and going to a few auditions (now that was an experience for another post!). Ultimately I moved back to DC and got my job back at the huge globe gym I had trained at in the off seasons of ball.
Later that year I found Balance Gym, transitioned all my clients there, continued to grow as a coach, and the rest is history.
So how does this tell a story of holding back? Hell, reading back over it it sounds more like I really put it all out there! Well, I had an incredibly researched and thorough business plan for a large baseball facility in DC, something that didn’t exist at all at the time. I never started that. I also created a business model identical to CrossFit before CrossFit ever really existed. It’s now a HUGELY successful business and it started on the exact same idea I had.
Now I’m not bitter at all about this stuff, I’m very happy with the way my life panned out over the years. And I absolutely love the gym I’ve built and the community around it. What I learned from those experiences early on is that if I have an idea that I just can’t shake, I NEED to act on it in some way! This lesson allowed me to open a gym in California when I didn’t know a soul out here. It allowed me to keep things going in DC for over four years after moving and then selling that business. And it’s allowed me many other smaller “wins” throughout the years that the old me would have just sat on and let pass.
The moral of this story is that if you feel strongly about something, literally anything, act on it! You might fail, you might lose, you might even get hurt. But, you might succeed, you might win, and you might thrive too. You never know unless you put yourself out there and act on your thoughts and ideas.
I’d rather take regular risks and live a life full of adventure and experiences than take none and never grow or change. Doing and being the same thing over and over for the rest of my life seems like the worst possible way to live, to me.
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