Year one as an entrepreneur. My Business running me…

Year one as an entrepreneur. My Business running me…
Fair warning this entry is not too terribly exciting. I am definitely not going to write about how glamorous the entrepreneur life is; because in reality it’s REAL DAMN HARD WORK. I feel at times we only see the cool, exciting side of being an entrepreneur and people get super stoked about it and are of the mentality of “yeah, I can do that! It’s easy!, I can make my own hours, travel when I want, work when I want, etc.” You get the idea.
The Truth. It’s hard work. Long hours, sometimes endless hours. For some there is no paid time off,or payment for a while, you don’t always get to make your hours or go on vacation whenever. You make sacrifices and lots of them. You miss out on social events at times, family gathering, even sleep because you are working your butt off to make your business run.
Now, if you are operating a gym or fitness business it’s been my experience so far even more challenging. Because you are selling a product that is not immediately tangible. What I mean buy this is good health and fitness are not things that you can take home with you and see and use right away. These are behaviors and habits that we learn to establish for the longevity of our future. Skills that take time to develop and hone to reach our optimal results. (Oops, there I go getting off on a tangent. My apologizes, back to the subject at hand.)
The truth for me was I had a rough idea of what I was getting into but not the full blown big picture. To be quite honest I didn’t really understand what I was about to take on. I am not going to pretend like I did either. What I wanted to do was help people get healthy, strong and build confidence they didn’t have before or may have lost along the way. Easy!! Right!! Right!!!??? Wrong? ( laughing to myself right now). It is so much more than that. Believe it or not coaching people is the easy part. The hard part is the “real work” or “adulting” as I like to call it.
As an entrepreneur you wear so many hats. You are the office manager, janitor, Human Resources Dept., the complaint dept., and the list goes on. There is so much back end stuff that you lose track. I remember a conversation I had a while back with someone who said to me, “It must be nice to have your own gym. You just workout all day whenever you want.” Can you believe that?! I “just” workout all day. that ‘s all I do. I was in shock and laughed and wanted to cry a little bit inside too. I was so jaded by the comment. Even a little bit angry. But, I wasn’t angry at them. They had no idea what it took to simply keep the doors open. And that wasn’t their fault. I was angry because I was jealous of the freedom they had. See, all of my athletes that belonged to my gym came and went everyday with no idea of the work that went into keeping the place running. And that is okay. They shouldn’t. This is their place to forget about their problems and worries. CrossFit Akeso is their escape. That is how it’s supposed to be. We are helping them reach their goals and at times we are more than a coach, some times we are a counselor by accident. My issues were not their concerns nor should they be.
I was so overrun by everything I had to do that for a while I carried a grudge. I carried my business like it was a burden instead of an amazing opportunity. I had no one to blame but myself for that. I allowed so many outside elements and influences cloud my judgement, my way of thinking, my ability to reason and stand up for myself. I became a “pushover” in a sense. I became desperate, I let my business run me. I lost control and focus on what was ultimately important. My community and the business.
It wasn’t until I had a major event over the summer happened that forced me into perspective. It forced me to look at the big picture and really look at myself and into myself. It forced me to take responsibility for decisions I had made and actions I took. Which, believe me is not an easy thing to do. No one wants to sit in a room by themselves and take a look at who they really are and what they are doing with their life.. That shit is terrifying!! Let’s be honest. However, that is exactly what I did. And it was life changing for me.
I woke up with a fresh perspective, a renewed energy. I felt as though a weight was lifted from me. The air was different. Even the atmosphere in the gym had changed. My community was a new community. I enjoyed going to the gym and the challenges that waited for me. I felt different. But, I didn’t do this alone. I had so much help from so many. One amazing source was the 321GO Project. ( Yes, I am doing this one plug. But, I have to give credit where credit is due.) This group of incredible individuals totally give me guidance when it comes to running my business. (And they are pretty damn cool people too!!) NOT the other way around. I have learned so much about being a real, genuine entrepreneur. I look forward everyday to having another opportunity to meet new people, to coach my athletes, work with some of the coolest people around and truly enjoy what I do.
Now, when I get asked how things are going or what I do for a living I confidently look at them and smile and tell them, “ I am a coach and I own CrossFit Akeso and I love it!!”
I am constantly learning this business everyday and taking on the challenges that come with it. I am no longer allowing my business to run me. I am taking things one at a time and crushing goals! Which is a big win for me!! 🙂

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