Welcome 2021! I'm excited to welcome in the new year and start myself off right by doing my yearly Mt. Wilson run. I was really close to quitting, but I chose to push through even though I forgot my food, and it was a lot colder than I had expected, and my muscles were cramping because it was much colder than I was ready for. If there was ever a time to finish something that I had set out to do, it was this morning. I woke up at 3am to hopefully get back before my family would be awake, but that didn't end up happening because I wasn't able to get up and down as fast as I wanted to. I couldn't just quit and come back home without getting to the top. It would've eaten at me that I woke up early for nothing. I could've gone home and called it a day, but I had plenty of time to think about my goals and what I wanted to accomplish. I'd be lying to myself if I was serious about accomplishing any of those goals if I decided to quit today. Finishing this run was a symbolic gesture to signify to myself that I will continue to work on accomplishing my goals, regardless of what comes my way.
15 years ago: I was a sophomore in college. I had my whole future ahead of me, but no plans or direction. My body was intact, I have had minor injuries, but nothing seriously broken that required surgery. Until it wasn't. I broke my left arm and my life seemed to spiral out of control. Years later, I ended up graduating. I didn't have job interviews ready, and I had no clear path towards a career. I came home disappointed in myself that I didn't know what I was doing with my life. I was lucky that my first job out of college was as a financial planner and the main focus was about helping people to realize their goals by saving for the future. It was here that, I really began to consider what my future might look like and how to get there.
10 years ago: My arm was healed, but not fully recovered. I could function, but it wasn't like it used to be. I was transitioning towards personal training and coaching for sports because I wasn't happy with my body because my confidence was gone, my strength was limited and physical therapy had only taken me so far. I didn't like feeling trapped inside a cubicle letting my youth slip away. I discovered the GIFT Program, a certification program for therapists and trainers and discovered that my journey has yet to begun and that there was so much potential for transformation and the GIFT program was the key to understanding that process. I knew that I wanted to go to PT school. I wanted to work with kids and continue training.
5 years ago: I graduate from physical therapy Class of 2015. I know that I want to work as a physical therapist. I want to own my own clinic, give the best therapy in town, get back in shape and do what I could before and more.
Present day-next year: Over the last few years, I've learned what it means to invest in yourself. I've trained myself to wake up at 5am everyday, work out 3-6 days a week, and give myself the time to think / meditate about what I want and how I can get to where I need to go. I've decided to invest in the right equipment by getting a new home gym setup where it makes it difficult for myself to make the excuse of "I can't make it to the gym, when it's literally 10 feet from the bed.
It's been 1 year since I opened my Physical Therapy clinic, and it's a dream come true where I get to work and train with all ages and develop athletic potential in everybody. From kids to adults to adult-adults. I now know that I want to continue to pursue these things and more. I want to become better, stronger and master more skills. I want to dunk a basketball, do backflips, backhandspring to backflips, roundoff to backflips and start tricking. I've seen myself grow and learn and achieve things that I set my sights on. I now believe, that if I put my efforts in to something, I can achieve it. I want to continue to invest in myself, spend time on things that will help me to grow and improve, I want to continue to take out the things that will not help me to get where I want to be. I've realized that if I stay focused, determined and work with discipline and consistency I can take small steps that will eventually help me to reach my destination. With this in mind....
In 2025 I want to be bigger, better, stronger and ready to rock in my 40s. I want to grow, I want others to grow and do more for those around me. I want the whole squad to be happy. I want my wife to achieve her dreams, my children to chase their ideas. I want to grow my company, I want to expand my scope of expertise and develop speed clinics for basketball and tennis. I want to get involved in gymnastics for myself personally and for my children so that we can share joy in movement. I also want to learn a martial art, possibly kendo. I want to have finished 5 marathons by then. I want to be efficient with shooting and prepare myself to hunt: accurate up to 100 yards with a bow and 200 yards with a rifle. I want a dog.
In 2031 I want to continue to grow my company, improve my skills, and expand my domain. I want my children to work hard and see me as an example and have the same desire to work hard and achieve. I want to run and finish an ultramarathon. I want to provide food for my family that I brought home from hunting. I want to be able to do to the splits.
To help me start with some of my goals: I'll be working on ring strengthening exercises and just getting more comfortable getting into a backflip. I'll also get a tumbling mat to help me practice for real.
and a plyo strength training program filled with lots of jumping as well as an overall strength and conditioning program.