Dealing with Less Than Desirable Outcomes

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Dealing with Less Than Desirable Outcomes


By now, most of you have heard that the Carolina Crush, Grid League Team, isn’t going to happen this year. Needless to say, this was a big let down. I found out in December that the Carolina Crush wanted me to be on their team. I have been training hard now for over nine weeks. Those were the hardest nine weeks that I have experienced in a very long time. I probably puked 2-3 times in the first six weeks.

The cool thing is that I made huge gains in not only strength, but in areas that have been dormant for years. My cardiovascular system has literally doubled in performance. I met Ken Crowder and Paul Klein, and I think that those two guys are class acts. I am doing gymnastic movements that I never thought were possible. Here is the lesson in all of this!

In this life, you can plan all you want. You can set goals. You can attack those goals everyday. You can be the most committed person on earth, but you cannot make things happen. Results are ultimately God’s! That is what keeps me sane during moments like this. In my past, I would have been wrecked when I received the news about the Crush. Now I know and trust that there is a much bigger plan for me then my goals of being an athlete again.

I also realize that many great things have already come from all of this. I am on a healthier path in life which I hope will lead to a better quality of life as my son, Rock, grows up. I have demonstrated my ability to set and attack goals for my young athletes to see. There is no better way to coach than to lead by example. This is a principle that I learned from Louie Simmons. It’s also a principle not carried out by most coaches in America.

My ultimate goal was to inspire 35+ year olds to get off the couch and continue to live life. I think that I did that. As always, I want to glorify God in all that I do. I hope that was accomplished as well, but He is the ultimate judge for that one. At the end of the day, I did my part, and I am good with the outcome.

Where do I go from here? Well this year, I am going to probably sit the season out. I will continue to get strong, in better shape, and to get better at gymnastics. I want to get more comfortable overhead with multiple reps and better at barbell cycling. I will definitely tryout next year, but I want to prepare for the extra travel.

For now, I am going to release the #GridStyle Program with Will Hall and Paul Stewart because it is the best plan that I have ever followed. I also intend on competing in some Grid Competitions that we are going to put on in conjunction with the Program. I am also going to attack the Superman Total, which is a combination of Snatch, Clean & Jerk, Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift. I also want to see what I could total in all five in fewer than 60 minutes and 30 minutes. Last I want to have a crack at the CrossFit Workout, King Kong.

It’s still going to be a very exciting year. It just will be a little different that I envisioned it. When you put God first in your life, this is often the case. I have to say that turning over results to Christ has led to a much more peaceful life. When a person tries to control their lives, it leads to a lot of sadness and frustration.

Besides I have a group of athletes that have trusted their futures with me, and that will always take priority anyways. Last weekend at the Junior Nationals, even though I worked out the entire time, I was totally focused on them. I wasn’t even caring about the Carolina Crush. Of course, my wife, my son, and my daughter take precedence over all things on this earth, so as you can see, I have a lot of other things to worry about besides the Grid League.

I still love the Grid League, and I believe that it is a great sport. I can’t wait to watch some of the matches. I am also working with Chris Clyde of the DC Brawlers on programming, so I will be a part of the sport no matter what. Not to mention, my man Will Hall is still in the hunt for a team, and I believe that he is going to be a beast for someone. I will definitely be watching his matches on the Grid.

I just pray that this blog will bring peace to some of you out there. We should all dream big, set goals, and execute a plan. The key to a lifetime of peace and happiness is realizing that the results are ultimately God’s. When things don’t go as planned, keep an eye out for the bigger picture. I recommend looking closely at the fork in the road as more of a different opportunity and adventure, and don’t sweat the things that you can’t control.

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