Make It Happen Monday – The Plunge

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So I’ve been pretty quiet on this site for a while. As I’ve mentioned, I opened up my own training facility and needless to say, that’s kept me pretty busy! Overall, I’m excited for the new opportunity and things are going really, really well. That’s in no small part due to the support I’ve received from a lot of you readers, people I’ve met through the business, and my amazing clients, friends, and family. I’m pretty blessed to have such awesome people in my life.

Ok, now that the nicey-nice stuff is out of the way, I can go back to being my usual acerbic self.

So yeah, I finally did it. After much prodding from my friends, clients, and mentors I saw an opportunity, and realized I’d been not following my own advice by trying to straddle two worlds. I reached down, grabbed my testosterone parts with both hands, and put my shingle out there. Relentless Strength Training officially has a home now. And to the three people I can think of who told me for years that I should “just be a writer because you’ll never own your own facility”: Suck it.

So everything is rosy, right?


Got ya covered.

Of course not. I’ve got MANY more bills now. I’ve got more responsibility. I’ve got to deal with things like assistant coaches, landlords, operations manuals and systems, and holy shit… who’s responsible for making sure there’s enough TP in the can? *double thumbs to chest* This guy.

And it’s totally awesome.

It’s totally awesome because it’s a new challenge. Like most new challenges you’ll run across in life it was really like jumping into a pool. Think for a second about what that first trip to the pool is like every year.

It’s pool day! You get all dressed in your swim trunks or bikini. You get your nice, fluffy towel (mine has big fish on it, if you were wondering), and you’re excited to go swimming. You’ve been looking forward to diving in and talking about it all day. Heck, you probably even waited that 45 minutes after you ate just like Mom told you to.

But then you get to the pool and what happens? You stand on the deck for while. You mill around. Is it going to be cold? Did you wait long enough so that Mom won’t be mad? How often do they clean this thing, anyway, because that little fat kid over there definitely has the “I just pissed in the pool, suckas” look of satisfaction on his twinkie-stuffed face.

Confronted with these doubts your confidence wanes so now you just dip your toe in. Yep, it’s cold. Time for more milling around, possibly laughing and smiling with friends pretending to be cool. But finally your stalling tactics are starting to garner some attention. At the risk of being called a vag by your supportive friends, it’s clear you’ve got to get in the water. You’ve got to take The Plunge.

The first thing that happens when you take The Plunge is that your body is shocked by the cold water. You’ve gone from your happy, sunny, comfortable atmosphere to one that’s cold, wet, confusing, and that you can’t breathe. Everything is different than it was a second before.

But then something happens. Your head pops up above the water. You can breathe again. You realize that yes, you can swim. Your body doesn’t feel like the water is cold anymore. Within seconds the shock of The Plunge is gone and you’re having all the fun you imagined you’d have. Of course, you need to know how to keep your head above water, and you’re intentionally not thinking about the little bastard with the golf-ball bladder, but it’s not scary anymore.

You’ve survived The Plunge, and you’re going to be ok.

Life has lots of moments like that. There’s an opportunity every time you turn around to take The Plunge into something better than where you are now and it’s up to you to put that fear aside and do it.

Stop dipping your toe in the water and bullshitting with your buddies to look cool and feed your fear.

It’s Make It Happen Monday. Get wet.






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Comments on Make It Happen Monday – The Plunge Leave a Comment

October 15, 2012

Alice Marshall @ 6:24 pm #

Been there from relationships, college, moving, and many other life decisions. I would hesitate depending what it was, then after consideration of many things I would “take the plunge” if that was what needed/wanted to be done and everything turned out much better then before. Part of my problem was I would think, ” What if it turns out like it did in the past?” Then I had to realize that I have to stop living in the past and focus on the future. There has still been massive bumps along the way but you work through them verses giving up. I’ve given up before and it just made life so much worse but thankfully I learned from that and will never make those same mistakes twice! I think with anything new, there is hesitation due to fear of the unknown but that is part of life. I would rather take those challenges head on now and learn something new verses backing down like I use to.

Isaac @ 9:02 pm #

Alice, I’ve found it’s like football: It’s better to be the one hitting the challenge than standing there letting it hit you. Chances are by hesitating you’re not actually avoiding the upcoming challenge, so you might as well meet it on your terms.

October 18, 2012

mom @ 1:50 am #

You have a great place and business ,Isaac. Glad that you took the plunge! All the best to you and your clients! Love, Mom.

October 22, 2012

Isaac @ 11:52 am #

Thanks, mom! I couldn’t have done it without your support!

September 7, 2014

Alice @ 7:03 pm #

My life has been umm interesting to say the least lately. I turned to friends and family for support and based on who it was, was a huge mistake. I’ve had to kick a lot of people out of my life lately because they showed their true colors during this very difficult time. I’ve realized who I can trust and who I can’t. I have also joined Facebook groups and searched through your blog to find advice. This one probably helps the most. I just wish other people would read it and pull their head out of their asses.

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