By: Jacob Wellock
When we are kids, we have large dreams, maybe not goals, but an extraordinary vision to do things that we want to continually make us happy and possibly those around us. Now, as we get older these dreams and visions slowly start to dissipate, whether that is we gave up on them, society pressured us into something else, or something better came down the pipeline. Maybe we can possibly look into some possible reasoning as to why these things have happened to us over time and how we can possibly inspire ourselves to make a change.
When I was younger, all I wanted to do and be was a professional athlete. That was it, no ifs ands or buts about it. It started off as wanting to play for the San Francisco Giants, which led in to racing professional motocross, then I wanted to race at the X Games for boardercross, and last but not least, I wanted to be a Welded Games athlete. Now, none of these happened for me. If I were to look back and give you reasons, it could have been money, time, injury, ability, self confidence, anything. The fact of the matter is that it didn’t happen. Now for someone who, as I like to think of myself as a dreamer, this is a hard pill to swallow. But something was happening in the background of all of this for as long as I can remember. I always loved to help people to attain their goals, from relationships to pull ups and everything in between. Deep down I love to serve and that got to me to where I am today doing one of many things that I love to do, which is coach. Now if you know anything about my brother and I is that we are strong believers in Jesus Christ and are grateful for all of the opportunities that have come our way and believe for certain that there was a divine presence to get us where we are today (how we came to the gyms, employees, etc., crazy long story. You can ask us those details in person if you want). So I realized that my passion to be a professional athlete just changed direction to being the best coach and, hopefully in the future when I am wiser (pinkies crossed), can make a big difference in many people’s lives, whether on the gym floor or through thoughtful conversation.
I guess what I am getting at here is that, everyday I think about how I can change the world. I have not the slightest clue how that is going to happen, but I never want to let that go, because that little kid with the big dreams is still definitely there. God, of Whom has an extremely large impact in my life, I am feeling more and more confident in asking for help on how I can do these things with my wife, my family, my team, and the community, and how we can facilitate a change or addition to the world that makes and will continue to make a difference for the better of everyone around us. So never forget your big dreams and visions. They may have been lost for some time, but if there is something that you really want to accomplish in this life, never lose sight of it. Sometimes you may have to pull out the telescope to see it, but it is still there. Also, be stubborn enough to keep it for as long as possible, I know and pray that I will. Because when we let it disappear, that kid inside of us loses a piece of themself which I believe can have profound effects on our mental and spiritual health.
Stay stubborn, have fun, and always dream big!