Did you catch that? The need to move forward with my training and my coaching are both exciting and daunting. I have let myself stay in a job where I get paid less per day than a substitute school teacher because I was dedicated to the clients that I have been working with for the past 12 years. I had to realize that if I went someplace else, they would probably follow me. But where was I to go? If I moved to another gym, I would be in the same crummy pay position that I was already in. I might get a few dollars more, but there would also be high expectations set on me to work hours that I currently do not work and reach revenue goals that I was not motivated to reach. I had a lead on a private facility that was going to open where I could pay rent, move my clients to and end up collecting 100% rather than 40% of what my clients had been paying to work with me. Sadly, that lead has yet to materialize. So for now, I am going to take it to the great outdoors. I will have zero overhead and I will just tote around my equipment in the back of my car. I will be working out of client's homes as well. As I start to make the transition, I will be finishing off client's sessions and quietly advising them not to renew sessions because I will be taking a "summer vacation" for several weeks. I have had plenty of people that I have worked with that have not renewed sessions due to travel, why the hell can't I do the same?
I will be giving myself until June to get out of the situation that I am in. I would do it sooner, but I have other poles in the fishing hole that I need to attend to. My 13 awesome athletes that are racing the Memorial Hermann 70.3 triathlon in Galveston have their race in two weeks. My amazing 8 athletes who will be going to St.Croix for their 70.3 race have seven weeks left in their training. My kid has a bit more school left this year. And, I am still trying to get ready for the San Diego Rock n' Roll Marathon.
I have ideas of what I want to do once I have moved past June, but I also know that I need to get some things in order to tackle that project. All of this is kind of scary but I have to do it. If I don't, I will continue to be unhappy with where I am at in my job and feel unchallenged. I may not be the most successful coach or trainer that is out there, but there are not too many trainers and coaches that have the knowledge that I have and can do as good or a better job than I can. I have had to work hard to convince myself of that, and a job that does not reward success other than hitting a revenue goal can grind you down. I am not into making tons of money, I am into changing people's lives. Ok, yeah, money is a good thing. I am just looking to be paid what I am worth, and right now my W-2 form says that I am a Dollar Store bargain with a 50% off coupon.
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