17 years ago today I graduated from Premier with my Diploma in Personal Training.
Seventeen years! More than a third of my life. Plus the three intensive full-time months of the course itself.
That’s a long time in what is still a pretty new industry.
I’ve seen a lot, learned a lot, and made one hell of a lot of mistakes.
But at no stage have I ever thought “I can’t do this” or “I’m gonna quit. Not for more than a few minutes, at least.
There have been some incredibly exciting times, and some really, really, tough times, now included.
It is only on reflection that I appreciate how far I have come.
I now see that I have had the drive and unwavering belief all this years, I’ve just not always seen it. If I am totally honest with myself I have been a far worse state than I now find myself in. Each time I have seen that the obstacle is the way.
There are terrifying, challenging and super exciting things still to happen this year, and I have started that rolling with this slightly crazy pet project of mine, #500DaysOfAttitude. It will be a success, of that I have not an iota of doubt.
I am grateful that I have twice before built up businesses from scratch, because it reminds me how far I have come, and far I could still fall and bounce back up.
I am grateful that I have times in my life when I have hated going to work, I have had to do some really dull and inspiring jobs. Because for seventeen years I have woken up and acknowledged that I love what i now do, helping and coaching people (across the world now) to become fitter, healthier, better, versions of themselves, with less pain and discomfort.
I am grateful for the opportunities that I have created, because I f I can help hundreds of people to move and feel better, and if I can be the driving force that has got 10% of the population of Milton Keynes to be fitter and healthier by getting up and running at 9am every Saturday morning, then I can create another huge impact with my words
It is only on reflection that you appreciate how far you have come, and how much you are capable of.