In less than twenty four hours, I found out that I had been named a Polar Ambassador for 2016…..
and told I was unqualified by another company I’ve wanted to represent for over a year.
That’s important to say because people see your accomplishments and think your life is a bunch of successes and wins and always getting what you want.
The truth is my real success is because I make EVERY no a yes.
People see pictures of me teaching a class of 175 people (which only happened once) and think that’s my every day thing. I can’t tell you how many times (just even in the last four or five months) I’ve taught classes with less than ten people in them, sometimes one or two people. For every company you see me working with, I have been turned by at least four times as many. For every client you see me training in the gym, ten times as many decided I wasn’t a good fit for them. For every pound I’ve lost, I’ve probably gained it back at least three times and I don’t get to say, “Well, I did it. I won. No more needing to work on staying in shape.” Nope. Those pounds like it here and they want to move in and bring their relatives. But I digress…..
I’ve worked with YouFit gym.
I’ve worked with Bosu.
I’ve worked with ActivMotion Bar.
There are probably thirty other companies that I didn’t work with during this time frame.
In EVERY situation, I had to say, “Yes!” Yes, I will keep going. Yes, I believe in myself. Yes, I’m going to go back there. Yes, this sucks but yes, it always worth it to do my best. When you keep saying “yes” and live in that space, “no” no longer sounds like a death sentence. “No” sounds like “not yet,” “not there,” “try this,” “never was supposed to be,” “consider yourself saved,” “try again,” “work harder,” or “aim higher.”
When I am told no, it is always the opportunity for me to dig deep, check my motives, check my goals, check my work and check my perspective. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought God created the word no to save me from myself.
No simply means yes to something else and, in my case and often, it’s always something bigger and better. Be patient. Work hard. Be open to the possibilities.