Looking back on this past year it seems like five years, but, it also seems like it went by in the blink of an eye. That doesn’t make sense, but, just humor me.
I started out 2012 with high hopes of what rachelfit.com was going to be able to bring to you. It was, afterall, the third year in a row, I had expected a major launch of a site like nothing else out there. It’s laughable how many “official” launch dates I announced. The past launch in September almost caused me to throw in the towel completely, but, it is one of the biggest lessons I have learned in 2012. Heck, it was probably one of the biggest lessons of my life.
Most of you know that I launched the online version of the Fall into Fitness program back in October. What you don’t know is that my “brand new” website was broken. I had women who invested in themselves to change their lives and I was going to let them down. The website was broken and the web guy was clearly not going to help to get this program off the ground. I will save you the details of the nightmare, but, I want to share with you how that changed me and made me unstoppable because it may help you become unstoppable in your health and fitness quest.
I had allowed the web guy to keep me in a place where I never had to play big. If the site never worked or launched properly, I didn’t have to get outside of my comfort zone and really put myself out there. Helping one million people change their bodies and their lives was a goal that I set a long time ago and it truly is my passion and my dream, so clearly, putting myself out there is necessary. I allowed my website guy’s incompetence to be the excuse for not being able to put myself out there. For over two year’s people asked me “Why don’t you fire him?” I had a lot of time and money invested and it would cost a lot more time and money to start over and I let that be my excuse to not fire the guy who was giving me the excuse to play small. Don’t think I was aware of this though. Like so many people, I was busy with what I thought was going to move me forward. I was working my butt off. Busy isn’t the same thing as purposeful action though.
That part was all about me and my own insecurities. Then when I realized the Fall into FItness program was not going to work and I was going to have to let the women down who were counting on me. They wanted and needed what I had to offer and then it became about the women. They were ready now. I went into “beast mode”. That was it for me. That is my moment of truth. It was like someone was saying “Hey! You. Are you going to do this or what? It’s now or never!”. I made the decision that I am going to do this no matter what. Nothing is going to stop me. Not people. Not money. Not my own insecurities. Nothing. What will be your defining moment in reaching your fitness dreams? When will enough be enough?
Beast mode for me was all about action, as it is for any goal. Plan and research all you want. The magic happens when you take purposeful action immediately after you make a decision. This goes for your fitness goals too. I immediately hired a new website guy. He continued to patch and put out fires and started building a new website at the same time. I had to focus and do whatever I could to deliver what I had promised. There were obstacles like you wouldn’t believe. I had to really allow myself to look outside the box to make things work. I’m not kidding when I say I had thoughts of throwing in the towel completely. I had someone ask me, “Are you really cut out to do this online thing?”. I had someone else attempt to sabotage a clinic I did for charity. People mostly mean well and they don’t want to see you suffer. Of course, some want nothing more than to see you shrink back to playing it small. You may encounter this in your quest for total fitness. I had to put blinders on and re-decide every morning when I woke up what it was I wanted to do. Sometimes I didn’t wake up happy and I had to ask myself what I would feel like if I threw in the towel and never reached my dream of helping 1 million people. Sometimes I had to dream a little and allow myself to feel what it would be like to be effortlessly reaching thousands of people weekly and actually hearing about their results and how I had something to do with a positive change in thier lives.
You will have to do that at somepoint too. Conditions are never going to be perfect to reach whatever goals you are dreaming of. Don’t wait for them to be perfect. Put blinders on. Immerse yourself. Remind yourself about how bad it feels not having the what you want and how discomfort now is a lot less than the endless bad feeling you get because you never really give it a “beast mode” shot. Allow yourself to dream about what it feels like deep down in your bones to have what you want. You have to believe you can have it or you will never get it. The more you can feel it the more you will move towards it.
So, to summarize, I could be angry about the last three years and the experience I had with the web guy, but, I’m not. I learned some great lessons that have made me a better coach and an all around better person. It’s the same for all experieces, I believe. If you have made efforts in the past to get the body and life you want and it didn’t work out, ask yourself what can you learn from it? Don’t let it be your “web guy”. Don’t let it shrink you. Let it teach you and make you unstoppable.
2013 is going to be an amazing year. I am reaching out in ways that I never have before. I am starting this year out with a different feeling than any other year. I want to help you do the same. I really want to know what I can do to help you reach your total fitness goals. Please, reply to this email and ask me anything. Share your story with me. Anything. I really do want to hear from you.