We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Squyres and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I have many quotes that are meaningful to me. However, I guess I would have to discuss the quote I am most famous for, “Will It? Will it.” This quote is the answer to it’s own question. It is synonymous with my message to others. In fact, it is the name of my website, WILLITWILLIT.COM. I developed this quote years ago as a result of my own training and coaching discoveries. It is a simple play on words. Yet, there is a profound meaning with rich layers inside. What does “Will it? Will it.” mean? It means to find a way. There will always be an excuse to accept the status quo. There will always be an obstacle that is blocking the path. There will always be circumstances that put an individual in a deficit. Such is the universe we live in: hard, cruel, and burdensome. Now the question is, how does one rise above his or her current state of affairs? Reality begins in the mind and springs forth into the physical. So then, if one wants to change reality, the individual must transform his or her mind. The first step towards achievement is creating intention. One must believe that the goal is possible of attaining first. One’s vision and belief will fuel the will to achieve. Intention is the fixation on an objective. One must believe that the goal has already been accomplished and then create measurable means for attainment. Secondly, after creating a plan, the person must begin pursuit of his or her goal with laser-like focus. One could say there is no plan B in this situation. There would only be the aiming for the target. Here is where the will comes in to play. The stronger the will, the less inclined one is to look at the storms, problems, and monsters of life that can squash one’s objectives. To reach a higher level, the individual can only be concerned with accomplishing the task, nothing else. This type of mindset can only be developed through training. We are not born this way. In fact, our biology implores us to run from discomfort, not towards it. So thirdly, one can only have a strong will if he or she has been trained to have such. Fourthly, one mustn’t dwell on failures, loss, or fear. An individual should treat bleak situations as experiences to help accomplish the task at hand. Blaming others and circumstances serves no purpose other than victimization. Finally, be flexible and adapt. Be willing to look for open doors when others close. FIND A WAY WHERE OTHERS MAKE EXCUSES. Following, these five steps will leave one saying, “Mission accomplished.” I would like to finish my answer by delving a bit deeper into the metaphysical realm. You see one can accomplish things through sheer force and determination. However, man’s powers are finite. The Lord Jesus said, “Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” I have my children recite daily the phrases “All power comes from God and flows through me.” and “With God all things are possible.” What if we truly believed these two phrases? God’s power is unlimited. What wonders could be achieved. God will meet you in your pain, loneliness, and suffering and give you a strength that is far beyond the confines of this universe. Begin with the transformation of your mind.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a strength and conditioning coach. I have a unique skill set because of my experiences, formal education, and self-education. What sets me apart is a never ending compulsion for self-improvement. While I am content in who I am, I strive for personal mastery. I pass this attitude on to anyone I coach. I began weight training at the age of 10 in preparation for football. My dad approached the head high school football coach about improving performance. The rest is history. A passion developed inside of me that continues to this day, 30 years later. Since then, I have trained with some of the best coaches and athletes on the planet. I still consider myself a beginner. I never stop trying to learn. My advice to any novice is find something you are passionate about. Passion will carry one through the grind of whatever discipline he or she is pursuing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
No doubt, I would take them to Venice Beach. I am from Savannah, Georgia. Savannah is a small southern town. So when I first experienced Venice, let’s just say I was shell-shocked. Having worked in Venice for 10 years now, I would consider it a second home. Keep Venice weird! Probably I would then drive my friend up the PCH. There is no better feeling than riding my Harley up the coastal highway. The views are breathtaking. The beach air is intoxicating. I remember the first time I came off the 10 highway and saw the mountains meeting the ocean. Mind blown!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
. I would like to thank all the people who have loved and invested in me: God for his continuous presence. I would like to thank Him for the good and the painful moments. Strength comes from struggle. My wife, Frances. My kids, JJ and Pansy My mother, Judy The Kings My father, Roy, who I was reunited with after a 15 year absence My close friends The Thomas family All the coaches, mentors, and teachers who devoted time and attention to me