I’ve never seen myself as a role model or someone who inspires others but that thought process changed over the years and it started with my children.
I’ve always been the happy playful guy in and out of the gym, lending a hand or an ear to a friend or stranger in need. I’ve never looked at this as setting an example or cause for someone to look up to me. But it was my daughter who first brought to my attention that my actions mattered by the way she speaks about me to others and then hearing my youngest son say, “I am so proud of my Dad,” and how he shows my pictures to strangers every chance he gets opened the floodgates to recognizing the effect I can have.
Sometimes the most unsuspecting people will come or inbox me and say how much I inspire them, which leaves me speechless and completely baffled as I don’t think what I do in and out of the gym is hard or special. But when I hear someone say how much my words have helped them or how much my pictures or videos inspired them, I can only shake my head and thank God that he put me in the position to help someone in the simplest way.
So many times, I hear people say they are afraid to approach me, but then once they get to know me they feel like I am so open and that they can ask me anything. I find this a huge problem with some bodybuilders and fitness people. They make themselves unapproachable, which takes away from their ability to help or change someone’s life. We are all special and can inspire someone on a daily basis. I make it an priority to carry myself with respect and dignity so that I can make my kids proud of me and I can have a positive impact on anyone I come into contact with.
My grandmother always told me: Treat everyone as if they were someone. This is how I live my life.
Just imagine if we all took the time to help that person in the gym that has no idea what they’re doing or the lady afraid to enter into the free weights area or the little kid whose parents drop them off to work out but has no idea what to do. That would be awesome.
I challenge all of you to to inspire someone today and they will never forget you, together we can change the world one action at a time.