For eight years I volunteered at Blackhawk church with the college ministry. I was a student at the University of Wisconsin and as I grew in my Christian faith, it was my desire to help build a program and a ministry where college students could build community and foster an environment where they could grow in their faith. As a member of the leadership team, we were constantly challenged by our college pastor to replace ourselves.
The idea is that true leadership is not based around one person, but a team. Taking this idea one step further, the goal is for each member of that team works with others underneath them and develop then next generation of leaders. The goal is to replace yourself.
As a personal trainer, my job is to instruct and motivate my clients towards a healthy lifestyle. I find great joy in talking through a new workout, a goal of finishing a half marathon, or scheduling weekly check-ins to monitor a client’s progress. Personal training is a journey that the trainer and client take together. But if I’m doing my job right, I’m working myself out of a job. This may seem counterintuitive. But I’m not interested in keeping a client for 3, 5 or 10 years. Even as a business model, I would not consider myself successful if I was still training a client for that long of a time. This is because I value education and take great pride in teaching my clients the principles of training and discipline that lead to and sustain an active lifestyle.
On this particular blog, I find this message very applicable. Some of my former clients read the blog. Other potential clients may be reading the blog. The point is that I want to establish a platform in person and online where I am a continual resource for exercise training methods and best practices.
So wherever you are in your fitness journey, this is an invitation to engage with this website. If I’m doing my job right, I’ll educate and inspire you to make healthy choices. After awhile you may not need my services anymore. But your friends will. And so you’ll send them a link and get them started on their fitness journey. I’m always trying to do my job so well that I’m needed less and less. If you’re still around, it’s because you want to be – not because you need to be.