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Don’t allow adversity to rattle your core

This month our back was against the wall. A large part of Sweat’s operating space was limited due to construction and we had to react accordingly. A handful of our clients began to voice displeasure over the aesthetics of our space. A couple of clients even canceled memberships because they couldn’t deal with life-altering adversity of an extra scarf in our lobby. I get it.  Life’s greatest battles come in all shapes and forms.  We adjusted by moving what we could to storage. We took all necessary steps to protect our functionality as a company. The rest would involve weathering the storm….and not letting a little adversity change our core.

It’s easy to make a difference when it’s convenient and comfortable. It’s easy to give a dollar when you have many. It’s hard to give a dollar when it’s your last. It’s much more challenging to make a difference when you are facing your own day-to-day challenges.

“Thank you” to everyone at Sweat who decided to participate in this month’s coat drive. This picture is from the first load of coats that Ali was able to drop off a Paul’s Place.  I am proud of our clients and our staff for standing strong and making a difference no matter what. Back when I played basketball, I always valued my teammates based on how we responded to adversity. When we were cold, playing out of control or losing, I always looked for the guys who were willing to lock in with me, persevere and find any way to win. I wanted to rock with the guys who would never forget who we were…especially when the chips were down. I would also look for the guys on my team who would buckle under adversity by pointing fingers, complaining, blaming the refs or straight up quitting.

These past few months have taught me a lot about myself  I’ve learned a lot about you, too.  Respect and love to the people who decided to lock in and stay true when things weren’t smooth.

I can rock with that.

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As you were

The wild thing about this world is that it will constantly change, but it so badly wants you to stay the exact same.  Of course, people will say that they are happy for your progress/growth/success…..but only so much that you are at the same place doing the same thing at the same time tomorrow.  For most, the perceived promised land is Groundhog Day: The same day repeating continuously until the end of time.  The expectation is that there is a binding unwritten agreement that you will reach success/happiness in accordance with the rest of the world’s comfort level. I don’t know, man. I guess that concept has never really seemed all that attractive to me.

Whatever your vision is: Lock it in.  Write it down.  Make sure it finds it’s way in front of your face every single day–multiple times per day if possible. And then get your ass to work.

Your dreams will always be challenged…by friends, family and foes alike.  But anything that stands between you and that end goal has rendered itself irrelevant.   You have to believe that.  Otherwise your dreams are what become irrelevant.   And damn, that’s a pretty sad thought.

Growth means change.

Change is hated.

Embrace the hate….and rise above



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