My life as a coach is a canvas. It gets stained, cleaned and painted with beautiful interactions.
Each footprint leaves a mark on me and forever changes my shape, my views and my future experiences.
My job is to create a place for expression. A place that demands you to show up and be real with yourself and others. I ask only what I am willing to do myself. I’m impatient and contemptuous sometimes, but mostly I find patience so others can find theirs. I push myself hard in and out of the ring so that I can do the pushing with a calm confidence that comes with knowing what it takes.
My life as a coach is filled with traffic coming and going…this gym will watch people come, go and return multiple times. I feel responsible to create a place where each and every person can leave and return as many times as they need without reprisal. When boundaries are needed, I step up and hold them for the sake of this space to be used with the vision I started with……a vision that includes brave people facing themselves and their fears on the daily.
When I first opened the gym, I was afraid of what I committed to. I thought, “What the hell have I done?” I felt trapped, stuck and scared. I pretended I had a boss and wasn’t a gym owner with a business partner. It got me through the being scared.
I’m 3 years in and I am finding out that commitment is a window, an opportunity. Committing to this gym, my business partner, the coaches, recreational and competitive boxers gives me more than I could have ever imagined.
Commitment has given me a deeper sense of self as I’ve been challenged by the gains and losses that come with running a community space. Going all in gave me no outs and made me (still does) stick it out and see what I could accomplish.
I’m maturing as a coach and with that maturity is coming a deeper commitment. I want to continue to be a better coach. One that is impeccable with technique and the development of boxers of all levels. I want to grow this gym so that others can contribute and learn as I have. I want to take boxers to new levels with me and build champions in and out of the ring. All this I know will take commitment beyond my current comprehension.