Ok, so I know I haven’t been very active on my blog recently. I have an explanation I swear! I should probably inform you all that I have changed jobs. As much as I liked working for Cowboys Fit, something just didn’t set right with me. It has always been my dream to work for a professional team and by 24 I reached that dream. To make it better it was with my favorite NFL team, The Dallas Cowboys. The direction Cowboys Fit was going just didn’t line up with the direction I wanted to go with my career. With that being said, I am now working for Driven Elite Fitness and Health in Grapevine and Southlake, Texas.

What is this place you ask? I’ll tell you. It is literally a one stop shop for any health and fitness needs you may need AND its sports performance based. If you know me, you know that Sports Performance is my true passion. When I walked into the Driven Elite facility, I knew this place was going to be a home for me. There is a Medical Doctor, Licensed Physical Therapist, recovery center and certified Strength Coaches that train athletes from 3 years old to professional athletes.

Developing young athletes to reach their truest potential is one of the greatest rewards, I feel, you can ever receive. I can’t tell you how many kids I have trained over the past couple of months that have told me, because of you, I got better. Sometimes it’s not the physical ability that needed work, sometimes it’s the mental aspect of their sport that needed to get better. Yes, your mentality plays a HUGE role in sports and sometimes, coaches lose sight of that. It’s about the kids and not them. My job depends on me making the athletes better, but it is also my job to take care of them. Not baby them, but to make sure they are both mentally and physically ready for their sport. Sometimes there may be something bothering the athlete and they don’t know who to turn to, to express their uneasiness or they are unsure of what is actually bothering them, and they don’t know how to deal with it. Sometimes the work out that I had planned for them, turns into a venting session but sometimes that’s all the athlete needed to make progression. For me, I see those situations as an opportunity to lead or guide that athlete into the right direction. To be a mentor for them. However, sometimes it doesn’t always work out the way I thought it should have or go in the direction I was hoping for. I have had some great athletes that just don’t want to play their sport anymore and to me, that is totally okay. I will never force a kid to do anything they don’t want to, and I will never take it personally because I am not there for myself, I am there for those kids, so I will support any decision they want as long as it makes them happy. To see the stress be relieved from their shoulders means that it was the right decision for them. I see this on a weekly basis. It pulls on my heart strings all the time but as long as I can show those kids how important it is to do what is right for them, I know I have done my job.

That is just a small little description of what I am doing now. I also spend most of my time trying to bring in teams, athletes, adults to the facility to help grow the business. It’s a new position for me so at times it can be overwhelming, but I treat it as a learning experience and keep growing personally every day. I love my job and I love the direction I am going in. Which is so important to me and my future.

These past couple months have taught me that not everything has to happen in one day. I have learned to say no when things get to be too much and put my home life as a priority in order for my work life to be successful. I think that is super important to being healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle. I will always encourage others to make their personal life a priority to be happy and healthy. That it is ok to say no sometimes. People will understand.

Don’t forget to be happy with what you do, and if you are not happy, its’ up to you to change that!

One thought on “**UPDATE***

  1. Hey K.O. I think anything involving kids it’s up your alley. You are a fantastic coach with a great head on your shoulders. One of the most well rounded people I have come across. Best of luck in whatever you choose to do.


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