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Anticipation: The Silent Killer of Progress

2019-04-17T18:25:18-05:00 April 17th, 2019|Business, Gym Owner, Purpose|0 Comments

I went to a self-development seminar recently. Over lunch one day, I spoke to one of the other attendees, and she shared with me how much she wanted to start her own business. She relayed her fears and the other things that got in the way of her pursuing her dreams, and I couldn’t help but feel her dread. 

How is she going to overcome these obstacles? 

It seems so overwhelming to start a business. 

How do people do it? 

I started to go down this line of questioning without thinking, then I suddenly snapped myself back to reality: I am a business owner. I know exactly what’s involved in running a business, and I am also intimately familiar with the fears along the way. 

As I unintentionally related to her situation, I was reminded of an important truth: the worst part of doing anything is usually just the anticipation of it. 

As I alluded to in my last post, I’m grateful for the life lessons I get everyday from the gym. This truth is one of many I get to re-learn every single day. 

We all know what it’s like to “nervous pee” right before a WOD. You see Fran on the whiteboard, and you are filled with intense dread. 

Before or after a WOD? You decide.

You know you can’t run from it, though. You’re already at the gym, and there’s no escaping it. 

As the countdown for the WOD starts, your stomach churns. Then, “3… 2.. 1… Go!” and you’re off. 

Suddenly, the nervousness vanishes. You’re no longer anticipating the suck because you’re in it. And the only way to be in the suck is to fully embrace it. 

However many minutes later, the WOD is done. Butterflies are gone, for the next 24 hours anyway. 

This is akin to life.

It’s akin to gym ownership and most any other endeavor in life. This is being the wo/man in the arena, and these are the moments we live for: the moments we stop thinking about being and we just are. We just do. 

I’ve been working on a re-brand for Almost Elite, and the hardest thing, as it was with Almost Elite, is simply getting started.

Until we get started, our thoughts and feelings run the show. We are filled with overwhelm, and our minds are relentlessly creative in fabricating reasons as to why we can’t do something. 

I’m here to remind you that you are the one in control. 

I mean, I get it.

We think we’re going to fail. We think we don’t know how to get started. We think we’re going to show our ass to the world, and all the internet trolls are going to come out of their caves and eat us alive.

That’s just not how it works. 

Just like in a WOD, it’s one rep at a time. Sometimes you hit muscle failure, but in that moment, you figure out quickly what to do. No amount of dread or anticipation prepared you for this. You’ll wait before you keep going, change up the movement, or something else.

You are more capable than you think. 

At the end of the day, no one else around you gives two shits about what you’re doing, and no matter what, you’ll get a big high five afterward for just showing up

It’s time to show up. 

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I run CrossFit Lobo with my boyfriend Lee in San Antonio, TX. Writing about my journey as a gym owner and entrepreneur helps me to: appreciate where I am today, gain objectivity on my past experience and future decisions, and hopefully provide others with some perspective.

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