To my awesome friends and clients!

I hope you are enjoying your family and friends. Rest is such an important part of life (and something I'm working on...)

I’ve had a fantastic week with so many new, amazing opportunities coming. I can’t wait to share them with you! However, I can’t open my mouth yet, you’ll just going to have some patience…(I hate that word too).

In the meantime, I wanted to thank you for taking a few minutes of your day to read my VERY FIRST BLOG POST! 

I've been inspired to write this for a long time, but never knew where to start. But as iron sharpens iron, I needed one of my clients to push me into doing this. I feel like I have information that the world needs to know.

Won’t lie, I’m a little nervous because this is completely outside my comfort zone. Just like starting anything new (ex: a new workout program, lifestyle change, relationship...), it can be daunting. But as they say, the definition of being an entrepreneur is jumping off a cliff and building a plane on the way down…

SO HERE WE GO!!

I wanted this very first blog post, the crown jewel, the head honcho (ok I’m done…) to be about something very dear to me. You. My clients and friends. I'm currently riding on a highway in Florida headed to Jacksonville to visit family and had to get this done. We can have reasons or results, never both. So I'm finding a way to get it done. 

I feel so blessed to be in the position that I am and to be able to do what I do. The crazy thing is, I learn almost as much or more from my clients as I think they do from me. I am truly rich!

So here's the short list of lessons I've learned from YOU:

1. I am enough. 

As most of you know, I was an athlete my whole life. I gravitated to sports because I was an shy, gangly kid with red hair. The sports field or court, was the only place I felt I fit in. So through this journey I found a love of training and nutrition, because that was the equalizer for me. Hard work and discipline. Growing up, I played almost every sport, but finally settled on football because I had the most potential there.

Over that 16 year journey, I always had coaches to push me and show me the way. The challenge is that once the lights go out, you need to set those expectations and goals for yourself. Unfortunately many athletes struggle with this.

I've been so blessed to have amazing mentors and friends help me through this process (and I'm by no way arrived). As you have encouraged me, I don’t need to attend any conferences, read any books, or listen to podcasts (not that those aren't necessary and good).  

I just need to take action on what I have.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned in the past 6 months, is that more is learned by taking action than through personal development (again, not that this isn't vital for growth).

It’s a funny thing. Sometimes we don’t see ourselves the way others see us and I think most people are trying to be someone they are not. When we just focus on being who we are created to be, good things happen. 

I think so many people are trying to be someone else and aren’t happy with who they are. 

It all comes down to identity. Either we operate from a place of knowing who you are, or searching for who you are.

You all have encouraged me in this regard. You might not know it, but I’ve struggled with knowing that I have something valuable to offer the world. Seeing your results has spurred me on and given me extra energy and I am forever grateful for that.

2. The little things matter.

It’s not about doing a certain set of actions, it’s about how you set out to tackle them. 

For example, there are thousands of diets out there. The implementation of that diet is what gives each person success or not. In conjunction, if you squat improperly, those small imperfections and imbalances can lead to multiple challenges, or injuries, in the future. 

It’s about how you approach each and every day. Small actions compounded over time lead to massive results.

It’s nice to hit a home run, or score a 90-yard touchdown, but that's not where consistent success is found. It’s about showing up on a daily basis and performing with excellence.

3. Just show up.

It’s amazing to me how challenging this is for so many people. I believe 90 percent of the battle is…JUST SHOWING UP. 

Think about it, the hardest part of making any change in life is getting started. Like this blog post, I just had to get started and it gets easier the more you do. 

Think about starting a new workout program…the hardest part is getting out of bed in the morning. It has nothing to do with actually doing the activity. That’s crazy right!

As Will Smith said when he was talking about skydiving: “The point of maximum danger is the point of minimum fear! God placed the best things in your life on the other side of terror.”

Love that quote!

I feel like I could go on for days but wanted to give you guys my top three lessons I’ve learned from you in the past four years. 

I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you and so excited for what’s coming in the future and being on this journey with you!

I hope you found encouragement from this and be looking for these posts every week.

I’ll leave you with my favorite quote of the week:

“A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.” -Roy H. Williams

As you’ve helped me, I hope I can help you avoid some mistakes and capture even more success.

Nate

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