Sunday, 01 August 2021

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Bite Off More Than You Can Chew!

If you've read many of my columns you will know that I am a personal trainer.  I am 44 years old and I am a mother of 4 girls.  I opened a gym in February of this year.  I was a stay at home mom for many, many years.  As my girls got older I felt the need to "get back out into the world" and do something! I didn't want to settle for getting a job just for the sake of "doing something."  I began to pray about what God would have me to do.  I was working with a personal trainer during this time and one day during my workout he asked me if I had ever considered becoming a personal trainer.  I thought it was crazy!  To make a long story short, God nudged me in that direction and here I am today with a thriving gym!  I worked as a personal trainer for several years.  I had a dream to one day open my own gym.  It would be a HUGE undertaking, and lots of times seemed like it would be impossible for me to do this.  But, with God on my side, I am now a gym owner.  My career as a personal trainer is also my ministry.  It is my desire to help my clients become stronger not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.  I want to minister to the whole person and this is what I strive to do.  This is my ministry!

Opening a gym was a huge goal I had set for myself.  When I felt the time was right I had to step forward, take the risk, and go for it.  I had to do it myself.  No one was going to do it for me!  And honestly, at first it felt that I had bitten off more than I could chew!  I had to be persistent.  I had to be brave.  I learned a lot in the process.  And now, I have achieved the goal I set for myself and am living my dream!  I HAD to bite off more than I could chew to achieve this!

If I can achieve this goal, ANYONE can achieve their dreams and goals they hold in their heart.  I am constantly encouraging my clients to go for their dreams....not just in the gym but in life in general.  Don't do anything that doesn't require faith.  The key to momentum is always having something to look forward to in faith.  We live by faith, or we don't really live at all.  Either we venture or we vegetate.  What's needed is more people who specialize in the impossible.  "This year's success is last year's impossibility." (Sherwood Eddy) 

You can only accomplish in proportion to what you attempt.  The reason so little is accomplished is because so little is attempted.  Never say never.  You have to think big to be big.  The fact is it's fun to do the impossible!  So look at they can be!  You don't tap the resources of God until you attempt the seemingly impossible.  Risk is part of God's plan for you.  Progress always involves risk.  You can't steal second base with your foot on first.

Look for ways to flex your "risk muscle."  Everyone has a risk muscle, and you keep it in proper shape by experimenting and trying new things. "People who take risks are the people you'll lose against." (John Scully)  A great ship always asks for deep water.  When you dare for nothing you should hope for nothing.  God wants us to bite off more than we can chew, to live by faith not by sight.  The goals and dreams you hold in your heart are NOT impossible!  Take the first step towards it.  Take the risk.  Determine in your heart that you can do it.  Bite off more than you can chew!  That's when you will experience life that is full and fulfilling!

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams


Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 



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