The One Event That Changed My Life...
And My Mindset
I’m working at a job I hate, construction.
Five years before, during the recession, my business as a personal trainer had failed. And deep down I feel helpless to change my life.
It’s Thursday, and I go to my friend “Coach’s” house. I call him “Coach”, because he’s my football coach, but more so he is my mentor, my father figure, and my best friend.
His truck is out front and the shades are drawn, but he doesn’t answer. Something doesn’t seem right, so I break down the door.
I find Coach lying in bed under the covers. He is dead. Five days before, he had drawn my kid and I into a big hug and said, “We’re family now.”
“I have no clue how to even begin regaining control over my mindset and my motivation.”
Coach’s death sends me into a deep depression.
The next 6 months are the worst in my life.
I lose my job shortly after. My fiance and I split. I move back in my with mom. I gain 30 pounds and my truck is totaled in a collision. To top it all off, I rack up $40k in credit card debt trying to buy back my happiness.
I feel lost and alone. I don’t care if I live or die. But worst of all, I have no clue how to even begin regaining control over my mindset and my motivation.
Then one day,
I get a call from my friend Ryan who knows someone looking to work with a fitness coach. I haven’t had a client for years, but the call feels like a lifeline. So while my head is saying “I can’t,” the voice in my heart says, “go for it,” and I do. Best decision I ever made.
That very day
I started running again. A few days later I was coaching my new client.
When I stopped coaching five years before, I lost my reason for being. Getting back to it reconnected me with the most purposeful work I’ve ever found in my life. I discovered I’m here to coach others to live as their best self.
P.S. That first client that Ryan referred me to? It turned out to be Ryan! It was his way of helping pull me out of the dark.
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