In the fall of 2007 I’ll never forget those words being spoken to me in the office of my boss and Senior VP of Sales at Philips Electronics. 2007 was memorable for so many reasons. I purchased my first ever home, and had one of the best years in my sales career. Even met my wife Deanna that year!
But as that year went on, rumblings were happening around the country and within my company about an upcoming recession. Back to that fateful meeting…my boss took a big swig of water, a big breath, and said to me, “Miles I’m sorry to inform you that your position has been impacted.”
Shell shocked, and stunned…I had trouble accepting this new reality. Things were going so well for me that year. I was pegged as a rising star within the company with many more promotions to come. But here I was, the company I loved working for so much over the past 4 years no longer had room for me.
What was left to do? Ask why me? Sulk in misery? Get angry?
I had to start asking myself the right questions. What do I mean by that? I had to start asking What questions instead of Why questions.
What are my next steps? What I can I learn from my experience that will help me in my next chapter? What did I learn that would help me teach others?
All of us have had our positions impacted one way or another in 2020. Socially, economically, relationally, spiritually, and politically.
Here’s a thought….what if 2020 was happening FOR you instead of happening TO you? How different would you react? It’s your choice. When I chose to move forward in ‘07, things started happening. I was able to land a work from home position which allowed me more time to work on myself. And that meant finding a new workout regimen. And that meant finding out about CrossFit in 2008. Then that meant starting my own CrossFit gym….and of course that meant me getting the chance to meet YOU!
Death, destruction, and disappointments are a part of life. I encourage you to use them as an opportunity to find new life for yourself and others. Don’t ask Why. Ask What instead. You’ll be surprised at what may come next.
See you at the gym!
Miles Davis is CEO and Founder of CrossFit South Cobb. CFSC has been serving Smyrna / Vinings since 2009.