I was at a wedding a Miami a few weeks ago celebrating 2 of our coaches from Mark Fisher Fitness. There were about 20 people from the staff there, gathered in a beautiful place, drinking copious amounts of alcohol, dancing, and loving the shit out of one another. I was looking around and reminiscing about all the insane times we've had together over the last 5 years. I was thinking about how much I love them as my chosen family, and how I am so grateful, every single day, that I get to be part of that tribe.
While I was sitting in hippy dippy gratitude dream land - full of love and so many emotions - a thought crushed me like a ton of bricks.
What if Mark never opened Mark Fisher Fitness?
What if he got the idea, thought about it for a little while, then decided, naaahhhh... that will be too much work. I don't know how to make a website or qualify for a commercial lease in NYC or how to hire employees. I'll just keep training people one on one and do my own thing.
He very easily could have chosen that. He was a pretty successful actor. He had a sustainable personal training business training Broadway performers at a decent price point. He could have stayed comfortable. He could have chosen the easy thing - to stay where he was.
And if he had chosen to stay comfortable, we wouldn't have been at the wedding that day. The two coaches probably wouldn't have met. I have no idea where I would be. I wouldn't be here, or know the magical people in my life (including Lori or Nancy), or have had the experiences I have. If Mark never opened Mark Fisher Fitness, my life, and the lives of literally thousands of other people wouldn't be the same -- in a drastically less awesome way.
I was overcome in that moment, and while I was hammered enough to not cry, it affected me deeply thinking that one person could positively change the trajectory of thousands of lives, just by making an uncomfortable choice outside of himself.
My mind started to spin thinking about all the incredible people who came before us who also chose to make the uncomfortable choices. Where would we be if they decided not to do the work or take a chance?
I truly believe there is something within every human on this planet, and we are called to serve some greater good.
This is a very famous quote by Marianne Williamson (that is paraphrased a little) that I think of often.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Who are you not to be?
What if we all let our lights shine to be an example for others to do the same? Our gifts and talents and thoughts are meant to be shared and can serve the world in ways we will never know.
You are powerful beyond measure.
I truly believe that.
Go do the thing.