I’ve had this as my email signature for years:
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
~ Earl Nightingale
I was thinking about this quote yesterday because it was my 1 year anniversary of moving to Guadalajara Mexico. I moved here to start yet another fitness business and in 11 months since opening it’s going fantastically well!
It’s a group fitness, instructor lead, exercise program and we’ve grown to well over 200 members in our first 11 months. We’re already in talks with people wanting to invest in 2nd and 3rd locations.
However, this isn’t a story of an overnight success and a business growing incredibly fast in it’s first year. It’s actually a story 10+ years in the making.
I started as a personal trainer 11 years ago in a small gym in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. A year later I opened CrossFit Edmonton and ran that for 4 years before moving back to Vancouver, Canada. I then started working with clients online and a year later AnthroPhysique was born. I even started a meal prep business in Vancouver called Fresh in your Fridge before moving to Mexico and starting this business, FitMix25.
The fun thing is that all of those businesses still exist today – I’ve moved on from some of them but I still feel like a proud father seeing them growing in the world.
The key though is that through my 11 years of business building I’ve failed, succeeded and learned a lot! However, since day 1 my dream has been to help more and more people live healthier lives. The physical form in which I’ve pursued that dream has changed over the years, but the dream itself is still the same.
I’ve been going after the same goal for 11 years!
Even though this example is around the growth of my businesses, the principle is fundamental to the pursuit of any goal.
The reality is time passes. There’s nothing we can do about that. The only thing we can control is what we do with our time.
If you have a goal, but do nothing to pursue it, I can guarantee your result: you WON’T reach it.
However, even though there will be setbacks, struggle, challenges, hard times and frustration, pursuing your goal is always worth it. It may take a long time to get there but so what?
The time will pass anyway.