Recently an anonymous writer went onto Yelp and wrote a review for my business. Their review RIPPED ME APART. My fitness classes and personality were attacked on the internet. They called me names, harshly criticized my physical appearance, and belittled me in every way possible.
I dont expect everyone to come to my fitness classes and have a great time. Not everyone will like me or what I have to offer – and thats OK. There are a lot of other fitness professionals in the industry that can provide a different spin on exercise and healthy living. I am always open to constructive criticism and feedback to improve myself or my business. But to be criticized in such a cruel way on the internet was upsetting. Im not perfect, nor do I expect myself to be. But I cant pretend that someone opening a yelp account just to TEAR ME DOWN didnt hurt. I am HUMAN after all.
It is said that in-order to “survive” in the fitness industry you need a “thick skin”. This industry requires CONFIDENCE and falling prey to self doubt only hurts you and your goals. I’ve spent the past few days reflecting on what was said – trying not to let it get “under my skin”, trying to let it go instead. But its HARD. All I can do is commit to being my best, to continually work on improving myself, to staying positive, and to always work on treating other people with kindness. The quote below contains a new personal goal, “Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world the best you have anyway.”
Do. Good. Anyway
If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway.”