Tip of the Iceberg

Recently I had four members graduate Level 1 of our Knockout Levels Program and many of my Knockouts had questions as to how they did it. This got me to thinking how we all get understandably curious about how people achieve success. Whether we see a professional athlete, successful entrepreneur, or amazing artist do their thing we naturally wonder how did they get there. People that are masters of their craft make it look easy, their success and ability seem effortless.

I have been running Knockout Womtumblr_nmvatwhXfS1s5ueplo1_1280en’s Boxing Club for almost four years and before that ran 2 other boxing gym for 2 years a piece, along with that there is my experience working a self-employed personal trainer, life coach, oh and my work as a psychotherapist for 5 years, my training as an amateur boxer, my 2 Chicago Golden Gloves Championships, my training as an intuitive eating specialist and drug and alcohol counselor. There was my bankruptcy and foreclosure, failed personal and professional relationships, my business mistakes and business successes. Many people have no clue the time, energy, money, sacrifice, highs, lows, effort and persistence it has taken to have the success I have today. Hell I never even could have imagined life as good as it is now. But my point is there is a lot and I mean A LOT of work that goes on that no one ever sees that makes successful people successful. Blood, sweat and tears!

My four members that graduated level one aren’t new members at my club. Two of the four have been members for over 2 years; one has been a member for a year and a half and the other for over 8 months. And the women in our intermediate/advanced class all have been members for at least 8 months and most of them have been members for over a year. There are many women in that class prepared to graduate Level 1 along with these first four. They all have worked hard, been persistent, invested the time, energy, effort and money into mastering their craft of boxing. And they may make Level 1 look easy, but they and I can tell you it’s not.

My point here is mastering a craft takes time. It takes investment. There will be hours and loads of work behind the scenes that no one will ever see. There will be frustration and excitement, highs and lows, progress and plateaus. And remember don’t get fixated on a specific time frame for success because as long as you are working hard and moving forward success will come, it just sometimes doesn’t come as fast you as you want it. It’s a journey that will unfold, have twists and turns, but one day you will end up were you dreamed.

I’m sure you can see I don’t believe in overnight success stories. We just see the fruit of someone’s labor, the tip of the iceberg. When things look easy there is usually more work invested than we can imagine.

You always get what you are ready for so while you are plugging away at succeeding at whatever it is your are working towards remember one day it will happen if you are persistent and do the work. There is no such thing as luck in my opinion. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Whether you are working towards mastering a sport, improving your relationships, landing your dream job or becoming financially free it will take time, you must prepare for good things to come your way.

So here’s a take away from today’s blog. Be patient, put in work. You just have to do one small thing daily that brings you closer to your goal. I once told Coach Carmen when I was starting my business in the beginning I just challenged myself to do something daily to make my business grow. At first it was just leaving a business card somewhere (I use to be so scared do to that), but that little risk each day eight years later manifested into Knockout Women’s Boxing Club and a group of badass women learning to box and become empowered.

Jessica Storch, MA is a boxing coach, personal trainer, health coach and owner of Knockout Women's Boxing Club in Westmont, IL. Her mission is to empower women to be their best through the sport of boxing. She promotes a health focused mentality and encourages women to let go of the diet mentality. Jessica believes weight loss doesn't equal health and works with women to support them in building healthy lifestyles and happy lives.