EO1. The Informed Self-Care Series

Self-care is one of the most important elements for increasing health to the greatest degree. Physicians are trained to be skillful in diagnosis and the treatment of signs and symptoms. However, their decision making is based on averages and “norms”. Treatment plans are created to move abnormal findings (signs and symptoms) into a normal range. By definition, an average is a single value that represents the general significance of a set of unequal values. Those unequal values can contain extreme outliers that are far from what the norm is for you. You are the only person that experiences every second of your life. That makes you the best judge of what is normal and abnormal for you. Therefore, I encourage my clients and athletes to view health as a personal responsibility. Informed self-care is a personal commitment to take care of yourself. It can come in many forms, but medically speaking, your self-care should focus on supporting the organ systems that form your body. A good way to organize that support is by looking at the traumas, thoughts, and toxins that could damage your health (mind, body, or spirit).

As you move toward taking more responsibility for your own health, it is paramount to understand the issues that may not necessitate the immediate attention of a medical professional. This is where the daily use of essential oils really shines: as a complement to modern medicine. Essential oils can support the proper function of different body systems on a daily basis, address minor blemishes, support feelings of clear breathing, protect against environmental threats, and more.* In the following articles, learn more about the incredible benefits that can come from purposeful essential oil use.

The information in the Informed Self-care Series is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. However, it should get you started on the path to understanding how your body works and learning how to take charge of your health. The key to understanding how your body works is to know how it responds to different levels of rest, stress, exercise, and nutrition.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The Informed Self-Care Series discusses how essentials oils can be used to reduce toxic load, to improve rest & manage stress, and support exercise and healthy eating. Furthermore, it outlines the benefits, history, and uses of essential oils.

Before we dive into the details of essential oils, I would like to share my thoughts on living a healthy lifestyle. First, essential oil use should be a part of your fitness lifestyle. Like other supplements (vitamin, mineral, or sport), they are not a replacement for healthy behaviors. In the following blog, PP1: DPSA Wellness, I outline the fitness lifestyle that my family and I follow. It has improved our overall health, fitness level, and reduced stress levels and medical visits. For me, it has been instrumental in living life with more purpose and job fulfillment. Feel free to use it.


1. Stephen Joel Coons PhD, William F. McGhan PharmD, PhD & J. Lyle Bootman PhD (1989) Self-Care Practices of College Students, Journal of American College Health, 37:4, 170-173, DOI: 10.1080/07448481.1989.9938411

About Me

Who am I?

I am a Strength & Conditioning Coach 
on a mission to bring people closer to God through the pursuit of athletic performance.

I am an athlete
that is pursuing my own salvation through the standard that I teach.


I am an entrepreneur
determined to share my message all over the world.

I fractured the 4th vertebra of my lumbar spine (L-4),
while playing football during my senior year of high school.
The rehab process taught me a ton about fitness and sports
performance, and also set my life’s mission into motion. 

Every athlete would benefit greatly by learning the value
of fitness, like I did. My mission is to teach them to
understand the value from the moment they begin playing

Create a For-profit Business that Supports Your Non-profit Dreams

by: Ryan P. Desmond

I started Coaches Network as a means to finance my work in Christ. God created me as a teacher and encourager. Coaching is the most natural profession for me to apply my spiritual gifts of teaching and exhortation. And coaching entrepreneurs is a great way for me to expand my services.

Ryan P. Desmond, Founder of Coaches Network

Sport is expensive and requires a great deal of financial resources to produce a meaningful program. Coaching athletes and entrepreneurs is a busy, complimentary mix of who God made me to be. I have the tremendous blessing to see young men grow to become men–husbands and fathers that influence the world for Christ. In addition, the entrepreneurial efforts of the Coaches Network is creating generational wealth for other families to enter into the mission field.

I am proud of the work that we are doing. And I pray that God will continue to give us favor for many years to come. The harvest is great, but the workers are few.

Doing Business. Creating Lifestyle.

The primary mission of Coaches Network is to provide the Desmond Pugh Sports Academy with a strong financial base of support.

Second, we coach sports organizations and other business minds to improve entrepreneurial skills so they can also form a strong financial base of support for the services they provide and create their lifestyle of choice.

Ask me how to join the Coaches Network!

Be Driven by Lifestyle, not Profits. My #1 Principle for Entrepreneurial Success.

by: Ryan P. Desmond

You cannot be an entrepreneur unless you are making profits! However, I do not want you to measure your success by the size of your bank account. Entrepreneurship is about generating enough profit to create freedom. If you tie your success to the size of your bank account, you run the risk of becoming a slave to the money. You don’t want to be a slave to your money, right? You are an entrepreneur because you crave financial freedom and time freedom. So, maintain that vision.

Money is a tool that we need to enjoy life. It buys life experiences. Everyone wants the nice house and beautiful car. Those are things that every dual income household can purchase. In fact, a nice house and beautiful car can be paid off in 5 to 10 years. Entrepreneurs like you and I, typically desire more. Many of us have seen our parents work and work and work, but they were not able to create the comfortable, nest egg. Therefore, we want to create a family legacy of financial success that will span several generations. The house and the car are not enough. We want to also enjoy our money. We want to see our kids play sports. We want to travel and vacation.

We want to retire before 70 and live in an RV seven months out of the year.

You can have your vision. I encourage you to BUILD IT BIG! And, I encourage you to create a plan to make your vision a reality.

This is my one principle for turning a big vision into a reality.

Most people will tell you that creating a business plan is vital to running a successful business. I agree. P.K. Bernard said, “A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past.” You need a clear vision if you want to change your financial circumstances and grow your business. A business plan is your means of planning and tracking your vision. It also allows you to understand your position in comparison to competitors and the consumer market.

This plan should not be built on the principle of money. Money can buy many things, but it does not buy happiness. In fact, “being in love with money opens the door to all kinds of evil, because chasing it can cause you to pursue things that are not in line with your character” (1 Timothy 6:10). Tons of people have traded their morals and integrity in exchange for money. In the process, they have lost family, friends, health, and the ability to enjoy the fruits of their labor. And their lives are filled with misery. This result is the antithesis of entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurs seek to create a better way of life for themselves, loved ones, and business associates. That is why your lifestyle plan MUST be created first. One day you will retire from work. And when you retire, life will continue. If you do this first step correctly, you will have a life of joy and prosperity several decades after work. Get your lifestyle plan started by creating a Vision Board.

Entrepreneurship is like Juggling. Become an Expert Entrepreneur with This One Piece of Advice.

by Ryan P. Desmond

Can you juggle? I cannot. I have toyed with the idea several times, but never committed to the learning process. Learning to juggle is not a lengthy commitment. From what I understand, it only takes about 15 minutes to learn. I guess learning never truly interested me.However, being a top-notch entrepreneur is important to me. If it is important to you, consider this piece of advice.

Entrepreneurship, like juggling, is a skill that takes time to learn.

When people learn to juggle, they start out slow. They juggle scarves at first, because they float through the air. This gives you time to develop your hand-eye coordination. It is possible to develop the same hand eye coordination with a ball, but it is a bit harder. The ball falls at a much faster rate, thus reducing the amount of time you have to reaction. Using the ball method may increase your learning time from 15 minutes to several hours.

Entrepreneurs may not have the luxury of a delayed learning curve, because the learning curve equates to revenue. Business markets can seem fickle. And consumer demand can change rapidly. You want to make money as fast as possible. That means the time from launch to revenue must be short.

Keep the time from launch to revenue short by staying focused. What do I mean? You have a ton of ideas for making money. That  is part of what makes you an entrepreneur. However, having tons of ideas can be a bad thing. You have to take the necessary time to develop one idea before you move on to the next. Trust me on this.

Multi-tasking is the enemy of new entrepreneurs. It is very tempting to start every idea that you have, but that will leave you stuck in the beginning stages for all of your ideas. Keep in mind that you are building an empire. That takes time. So, be like the novice juggler. Put all the desire that you have to be successful into the first task. Use that energy to focus on making your initial idea successful. For the juggler, they keep 2 or 3 scarves floating. For the entrepreneur, develop ONE product and create multiple ways to it.

Stay focused on marketing that product until you are able to generate revenue. This is the key to growing your empire.