As I was preparing to write this blog I decided to look over this one entry from about a year ago. I was prompted to rewrite this one because I believe it is a good reminder. I could go on about New Year’s Resolutions, eating right, exercising, and all of those things that are great, but I decided to take a different route…or maybe it wasn’t me steering the wheel at all. Maybe someone needed to read this. Maybe it was you.
This was a facebook entry about a year ago that started as a small spark and led to numerous private messages from people who decided it was time to dream again. So, here it is:
“Dream people….why not? What do you have to lose? Have you ever wondered what happened to the freedom we knew as kids? For whatever reason, adults are afraid to try because we are afraid we will fail, or afraid of what people will say if we do. Wouldn’t you rather be the one that tried and failed than the one who never stepped out of the boat into what just might be your destiny?”
The response was overwhelming to me – and I know the feeling all to well of what it is like to stare into the face of the unknown and take a leap nonetheless. That’s how Orange County Fitness was born. After passing my certification test I could have easily sat on my credentials and done nothing. I knew that Lance wouldn’t be pleased with me, but I also knew that I could probably live with that. I wouldn’t be proud, but I could do it. Instead, I began to tell people what I wanted to do. I started to talk about a parking lot bootcamp and how I was going to start one. Eventually, I had told so many people that 1) I believed it myself, and 2) I had to deliver! I want to be a person of my word. So, as nauseating as it was, on February 27, 2012 at 5:00 am in the morning I had my very first bootcamp ever. And….it was without a doubt terrible! Thank goodness for those people who believed in me and stuck with me from Day One. Here I am two years later with eighteen bootcamp classes a week, a dreamy building that I love, a new business partner, several coaches and an alternate mid county location. I wish I could take credit for it, but honestly it was me….I am just the lucky one the Lord chose to do it. If I would have said no, He could’ve easily found someone else.
So, my blog for today is simply this….what do you love? What is your passion? What were you created to do? You see, God has given every one of us a gift to use for Him. The best part about it is that YOU are the only one that can do it. I can’t do your “thing” and you can’t do mine! What would you try if failure wasn’t an option? Live and try as if it isn’t. What if you fail? What’s the worst thing that could happen? The worst thing for me is that no one would show up for bootcamp! At that point, I would go to Plan B. Not sure what that is, but I would have had to figure it out!
Although bootcamp isn’t “churchy” I have definitely seen Him working in people behind the scenes as He is working in me. Friendships have been born, we have laughed together, we have cried together, we have worked hard, and we play hard too! Thank you to all the people that make up OCF. I could not and would not want to do it without every single one of you.