They say the only thing that’s constant is change.
Whether it’s huge, like the way COVID has altered most of our lives, or seemingly insignificant, like trying a new flavor of ice cream (it’s ice cream… how bad could it be?!), it can be exciting, annoying, terrifying or just… meh.
In the midst of this worldwide pandemic, I’m about to move my gym to a new location after six years. And while the logistics of such a project are absolutely overwhelming at times, something much more important has recently surfaced:
What do I want to bring with me from the old space, and what do I want to leave behind?
I’m not talking barbells or cleaning supplies or wall art. I’m talking about something much bigger than things. Significant change tends to make the important things fizzle to the surface of our lives, as if to remind us that if there’s ever a time to take action on them, it’s RIGHT NOW.
Just after COVID was declared a pandemic, I heard an incredible sermon about how we’re all so set on getting back to “normal” and the way we used to operate before, but what if instead we focused on looking forward to “our new normal” and the opportunities we can create for ourselves in the future?
It reminds me of the lyrics of one of my favorite songs, “Someone I Used to Know” by Zac Brown Band.
It's been a long time comin'
Couldn't keep on runnin'
Had to hit rock bottom to know.
When you keep on losin'
With the path you're choosin'
And it's time to let go
Of someone that I used to know.
There’s a person I know today that I would prefer not to know anymore. She’s never good enough. She’s set a standard too high to be achieved, in life, in business, in training. She sees potential in herself but never celebrates life’s little wins, instead comparing them to how much better she could have done. It’s annoying and quite frankly, it’s exhausting.
But if I don’t admit that she is ME, then I have to keep hanging out with her. So I’m making a choice to move to the new space and leave her behind.
In the new space, I will choose to do my best in everything I do, and know that that alone is enough. I will choose to be a good human and love others and make an impact in this world. When thoughts of how I’m not doing enough or I’m not good enough enter my mind, I will remind myself of what is truly important during the short time we have on this planet, and I will remind others of the same. This is my solemn vow to ghost “someone I used to know.”
And so I pose this question now to YOU: What do you want to bring with you into your new normal, and what do you want to leave behind?
This new beginning brings new opportunity to work on your best self. That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. Acknowledge first what you want to change, then commit to making it happen.
And here’s the best news: None of us are taking this adventure alone. Whether you share the details of “somebody you used to know” with all of us in your gym family or keep them to yourself, remember that you aren’t walking this journey alone. We’re ready to celebrate not only your PRs, but all of life’s wins with you, whether over a barbell or a beer.
Change is constant, and so is the support from your TWR family. Let’s do this.