Do What Scares You

In 2007 I wasn’t doing so well. I had a dead end job, no formal education outside of high school and no plans. My brother gave me a chance, a chance of a lifetime. “Come out to California, live with my girlfriend and I. I can get you a job, get you into school, and get you back spring board diving.” I rented a truck and packed up all my things. The drive out to California  scared the crap out of me.  Would I succeed? What if I fail? What if I can’t make it and have to go back home? Would people still respect me if I did? Lots of questions, fears and doubts were rolling through my head on that five hour drive across state lines. But I did it and now I am here.

In the spring of the following year, it was diving season. I was scared again. I haven’t dove in years. Would I be able to compete? Will I be able to balance school, work and diving all at once? I’ve never competed the three meter event in a collegiate arena. Would I perform how I wanted? Well I competed. I competed very well all season. Lots of doubts were cast, but I did it. Now I have a state title under my belt for three meter diving.

I gave up on love after about five years out here in California. I was scared again. I didn’t want to put energy and time into something that would fizzle out and leave me brokenhearted. I gave up. Then I met my wife. She allowed me to throw away all my fears, doubts and pain about love. I was scared to love, but I did it. Now I am happily married and look forward to what life brings us.

Recently I have been reading a few books by Dan John. If you haven’t heard of him, I highly recommend going to his site here and reading up about him and his approach to life and training. From his books I decided to enter myself into a powerlifting competition, more specifically, the deadlift. I have never done this before and I am scared.

The meet is Oct. 4 at Metroflex Gym in Long Beach. I have no clue how a meet is run. I have no clue what to expect. Will I be able to compete? What if I fail? What if I get hurt? Does this sound familiar? ( See above or look at yourself in the mirror) In order to achieve greatness, you have to do what scares you. All the top names in the industry have been telling me that for years. Now it’s time to take action. If you’re wondering why you are stuck in a plateau in the gym and in life, take a real good look at yourself. What scares you? Why are you not able to do _______? and fill in that blank. Maybe a little fear could drive you to do great things? I’m scared to compete in this event. I’m in the 181lb class and have no clue what to expect. It’s scary but exhilarating all at the same time. One thing is for sure, I will do this, even though I’m scared.

If you’re interested in the meet, all the information can be found here. I may need some extra cheerleaders:)


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1 comment for “Do What Scares You

  1. Jenny
    September 18, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Go babe! So excited to be with you in this adventure. I’ll be cheering the loudest 🙂

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