How do you measure your success? Do you measure it with a number on the scales, belt size, the size of your bicep, value in your bank account, your progress on the career ladder, your A1C or some other measurement?
There are many different ways to measure success. Sometimes we become so preoccupied with being a “success”, we neglect what is really important. I speak about myself really, because that is the only lens I see through. I can see myself going through a transformation. I have worked in the IT industry for a long time, like 30 years. I love technology and automation. I have a real appreciation for streamlining things. Despite that passion, my focus had been on climbing the ladder. I measured my success in direct relationship to the amount of money I made and my financial status. Despite my apparent success, I wasn’t feeling it. There was always more money to make and I was always poorer than someone else. I feel some shame and embarrassment in writing this. I don’t consider myself pretentious or conceited in fact quite the opposite, I never felt like I was worthy of what I accomplished. I don’t want to say I felt empty but I felt as though something was missing. I never knew what I really wanted.
So in the Summer of 2017 I began to consider what I would really like to do. I thought about going to a different company, changing careers altogether, or just working and paying off my debts and retiring. I had been going to the gym every other day for a year, and people at work began going with me. They followed along and completed the same routine I had been doing for several months. This experience really excited me. It reinvigorated my own workouts and I was challenging myself more and enjoying it more. I also had such a great feeling when one of my friends said her doctor said her numbers had improved and she didn’t have to go on medication. I started to toy with the idea of owning a gym. Slowly over the next few months, I started putting together a plan for what it would be like, what the objectives would be and how it would be different from every other gym out there. In October, we were told that our company had been sold. It wasn’t a complete shock as I had been expecting it for some time. Knowing that the company that bought us had their own IT department, I was skeptical that I would be transitioned despite promises by the company. I immediately updated my resume and posted it on all the common sites in hopes of securing a new position. There were several opportunities but I weeded them out quickly because they were too far away, they didn’t pay enough or they didn’t have good enough benefits
I ramped up my consideration for owning a gym and started to really consider what it might mean and realistically what it would be like financially. In November, I met with a three gym owners to obtain some insight and one of those owners was considering selling his gym. I shared some of my ideas with these owners and with my friends and family. What I saw was that I lit up when I was talking about it. I was really energized about owning a gym. I started to change my focus from how much money can I earn, to how can I make this work.
I requested financial information for the gym that was for sale and over the following weeks I hashed out the numbers over and over. I considered that I would be the 3rd owner of this gym in 3 years and the previous owners were smart, intelligent men who had experience with gym ownership. If they couldn’t make it work, how could I? I am no smarter than either of them and I don’t have any experience. What I did have for this gym was passion, something I think the previous owners may have lost. I also bring a unique perspective, my own; As a member of other gyms I saw them as a customer, I heard from others what they liked and didn’t like. I heard a common theme and it was all about feeling comfortable. Whether it be with the people, the cleanliness, the atmosphere, the smells, knowing how to use the equipment, fear of being watched and judged or the parking. These are all things which influence our willingness to get to the gym. These are the things I will be focusing on. I want for Right Now Fitness to be a community of people who have a common objective. To be better. You don’t have to be great or perfect, just a desire to be better. With that, you can accomplish anything. So, I made an offer. Ultimately we came to terms and on May 7th, Right Now Fitness in Westbrook, Maine was born!
I want to be part of your success. That will start with you committing to come to the gym RIGHT NOW. I want for Right Now Fitness to be your gym, and the starting point to moving towards your goals. It has helped me mentally and physically and it will do the same for you.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
I write this on Mothers day in remembrance of my mother who died 5/9/2003. How I would have loved to have her here to see me exploring this new chapter in my life.