Rise: It is time to rise. I wrote that here back in February of 2011. It is now October of 2015. The last 4 years have been a roller coaster of emotions and stress. The birth of two children along with fluctuating states of fitness and stress. The realization then that I was coping with failure. It is finally coming to a head.

I look at my life and I see that the window of opportunity is closing on my ability to push myself. It is not like I could never start, but, I’m teetering on the edge of falling into a physical state that I will not be happy with. I understand now how food and unhealthy habits can affect my body. I see what lack of sleep and lack of exercise can do to me. I also know how I feel when I do all the right things and believe in myself. I am happier. My children are happier. My wife is happier. It’s so easy to fall into states of drama. It’s easy to get caught up in the drama of other people’s lives. I can only control myself. I can only control things close in my circle of influence. If I can control my happiness then I can rise out of this state of cloudiness.

My goal as an athlete was always to inspire others. However, my journey did not go the way I had planned. I realize now that perhaps it was not winning a gold medal or becoming an Olympian that was the purpose of my journey. Perhaps the purpose of my journey was to fail — to prove that I could accept failure and build something for myself. I have learned more by failing than I ever would have to succeed. And now I want my athletes and clients to learn from my mistakes so that they can succeed in their own journeys.

In order for me to rise, I need you all to rise with me. Let go of the obstacles that are holding you back. If you want to know how strong you are, put a weight in your hand and try to lift it. If you can’t lift it then you have to decide if you want to work towards lifting it. Just like any obstacle in your life. If you want to do something, then try to do it. If you cannot, then you have to decide if you want to move forward. I would like to be there on your journey as your foundation, and the person that you can trust to lift you up. Rise, rise with me…

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