I’ve always said that one of my biggest flaws is being afraid to ask for help. For some reason I’ve always seen that as a sign of weakness. I’m quickly realizing that asking for help is actually the exact opposite. It takes a strong person to admit that they don’t know it all or can’t do it all. Not because I’ve come to terms with it, but because running my own business, trying to train to compete, build my personal brand, keeping healthy and trying to have a social life have left me feeling I have no other option but to ask for help.
A little pathetic that it had to come to this point before I realized it’s ok to ask for help, but that’s why I call it a ‘flaw’. So what kind of help have I asked for?
Coaching/Training – I know what it takes to get to the CrossFit Games, it’s just hard to get yourself there sometimes. It’s nice to have an outside view of your weaknesses and suggestions on programming
Life Coach – someone to help me gain a new perspective on life. Sometimes we’re so close to a problem or a solution for that matter that we don’t see it.
Business Coach – I know where I want to take Coca and Kate Rawlings, but getting there is a little blurry. Having an experienced navigator may just get me from point A-point B a little smoother.
Trainers – Hiring two trainers and empowering them completely to run their own classes, cover mine and create new ideas for Coca will help ease the burden of running 9 hours of classes a day 6 days a week, and allow me to breath once in a while.
One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned this last year of owning my own CrossFit affiliate is that I’m still learning, I’m not perfect, I won’t do it right the first time every time a failure is ok as long as I keep moving forward. By asking for help I’m simply surrounding myself with people that are better than me so that I can continue to grow and learn as a person, athlete, owner, coach and friend.