Hey there! John here and I’m back with another Monday Motivator and a very special one to me personally. This past Saturday was a big event for Fast Action Training…. our 2 Year Anniversary Party at Kirk Park in San Jose. Preparing for this event was a lot more than I had anticipated and as the number of awesome members we have has grown, I was both anxious and excited for the big event.
We had phenomenal food from Tacos al Compa, Margs, brews, sodas, waters, ballons, a raffle, awards, piñatas (note to self: different games next year after piñata debacle) and an awesome group picture of everyone sporting their F.A.T. T-shirts and tanks! Giving away our awards was an especially personal moment for me…Terri Vellios for being our “Biggest F.A.T. Fan” and Scott Flegel for “Member of the Year.” You guys rock and thanks for being there for F.A.T. and for me.
Your F.A.T. San Jose bootcamp instructors, Keith, Kevin and Nadia were present as well and celebrating with all of you….instead of making you do burpees . This is one of the best teams I have had the privilege of working with. They have allowed me to fulfill our company mission and core values on a daily basis and I know will continue to do so into the future.
So as many of you know when I spoke at last year’s Anniversary Party I couldn’t get through 5 words without getting choked up. Well apparently I saved all that for Sunday as I reflect about yesterday’s event and all the past events that have led up to this point. So yes, tears have been shed on this Monday Motivator as I came across a great quote by Miss Oprah Winfrey who said this:
“There is nothing that can equal the feeling of contentment that comes from being the person you are meant to be.”
Although F.A.T. has been rocking since inception, it has been a long and difficult journey for me to reach this point. In college I had planned on becoming a lawyer, taking the LSAT, applying to schools and deciding at the last minute that fitness was my calling. After years of blood, sweat and tears with a local health club and operating one in San Mateo some unfortunate changes occurred which forced me to resign as I did not see a future with that company.
Then began the 2 months of unemployment in 2009 where I had feelings of self-doubt, uncertainty, and anger. I had countless interviews for jobs I had no passion for and could not envision myself doing long term. I was lost, hurt, confused and didn’t know what the hell to do.
Ultimately, after a lot of soul-searching I still knew that deep down, fitness was my true passion and calling. Fast forward to present day and I can honestly say that Oprah’s quote rings true more than anything else.
The feeling of joy that I get from looking at each and every one of you and being able to witness the various fitness and health obstacles that you have overcome and achieved is one of the most rewarding feelings in the world.
All of you made it possible for this dream to come true and I will never forget that.
So my challenge to you for the week is to think about the person, parent and employee you want to be. Are you living up to your expectations? Are you setting a good example for your family in regards to health and fitness? Are you taking care of you?
Have a terrific start to your week everyone. It has been and will continue to be a pleasure to serve you all and accompany and coach you on your health and fitness journey.
Dedicated to your success,