So many things happen throughout the day on a daily basis that most of us tend to tend to take for granted. But sometimes, it’s after the fact that you realize the life lesson behind an off the cuff remark someone makes, or a series of seemingly insignificant events. Where am I going with all of this? Allow me to elaborate…
Earlier in the week during one of my CrossFit classes, I encouraged one of the class participants by telling him to keep moving and to keep up the good work. To that, he wittingly replied: “I’m doin the work, I’m baby steppin!”
At that moment, I simply smiled and laughed because he was quoting the character Bob Wiley from one of the all time greatest movies “What About Bob” (if you haven’t seen it, you must). Not really thinking much of it, I carried on with coaching my class and with the rest of my day.
Fast forward to later in the week and I was talking with a friend about her desire to change jobs and possibly carve out another career path for herself all together. I gave her some suggestions based on her interests and passions in life, as well as some business tips I’ve been learning along the way. She asked me how I know about all of these tips, and I replied that I am deep in the trenches learning how to build your own business and brand. She then asked how and when do I find the time to do all of this whilst raising three kids (the youngest being 9 months old) and working. I answered that somehow I find the time to put in the work whether I can put a huge dent into my workload or chip away at it bit by bit. And that’s when it hit me!
You see, I am someone who has a tendency to get overwhelmed somewhat easily, and I can also be very hard on myself. For almost a year now, I have been working on developing my fitness brand, expanding my coaching services, and building towards an online business. This process obviously takes a lot of time and hard work, and periodically I have gotten very frustrated with myself because I am not where I want to be right now with my business in this very moment. I also sometimes feel like I am not doing enough in the moment either to get myself where I want to be.
In the rush of thoughts that followed I realized that these little conversations and events that had transpired over the course of the week were the Universe’s way of reminding me to stop and acknowledge the work and effort I am putting in now to get me to where I ultimately want to be with my business. At that moment when my friend asked me how I find the time to do all of this, I realized that in fact I am “doin the work. I’m baby steppin!” as Bob Wiley would say. While I need to keep the ultimate goal of where I want to be in sight, I also need to give myself a little pat on the back every now and then, and recognize the work that I am putting in here and now to get me to the bigger goal I have set out for myself.
So this now is why I share my story with you. If you are someone like me that has a tendency to be too hard on yourself, or struggle with seeing the trees for the forest, let this be a friendly reminder for you. Whatever your ultimate goal is right now, whether it be fitness related or not, pause for a moment and really think about all of the work that you have done along the way to get yourself closer to that goal. While the goal may seem like that little light shining off in the distance, know that everything you have done so far is not all for naught, but it’s baby steps closer to your end result. In the words of Bob Wiley’s therapist, Dr. Leo Marvin, I say to you “Keep Sailing, Bob!”