This is not a new statement to me… in fact, my brother named his fitness business based on this principle (and I built his website!) But aside from that, I am committed to living my life in a place of greatness, not just goodness. At 211 degrees, water is just well, hot water, at 212 degrees that water boils, it produces steam which is power that can be used to move great things.
This morning, I saw this video clip: http://play.simpletruths.com/movie/212-the-extra-degree/ which inspired this blog post… go on, click the link, I’ll wait for you!
What I realized while watching that video is that I have all the components to make the fire on which the pot of water can sit in order to boil and make steam… but I haven’t yet figured out how to put them all together which is making me struggle. In my mind, I cannot have a single label over my head. I guess I don’t see myself as singular in purpose or passion. And, while that okay, and often commendable, it makes it tough to get to 212 degrees.
I started my entrepreneurial journey with a deep desire to be home and raise my kids. As I’ve said before, I basically stumbled into fitness as a profession and never really let go. It was tough going from the get-go, not just because I was working full time, raising two young children and trying to start a business, but because I didn’t think through that business well enough to put realistic expectations or goals on it. I learned a lot from that business and it created the kindling upon which my fire is built.
I knew in early 2010 that if I was going to become the “corporate drop-out” that I wanted, I was going to have to dig into my toolbox and find another avenue towards the dream — and out came my computer skills and love of technology! Here I was finally getting somewhere — building websites for others! It’s a complete work from home business, something I knew my brain could handle and something that I knew I had the skills to excel at. I dove in, fell in love and began to feel confident on this path.
Part of me wishes that I could have let my desire to work in fitness fade so that I could truly excel in the website development arena. I would have grown the business I needed and the fire would be burning brightly — the water would be boiling and I would be achieving the greatness of my pursuits.
But I knew I wouldn’t be happy. And that meant the water would not continue to boil, the flame would eventually go out and that business would lose its traction.
I’m glad I figured it out back in 2011 when I became a “corporate drop-out” that I needed to keep fitness in my life and business. I’m better for it. I was able to identify that I cannot act solely on one side of my brain. I need to have balance, and when I have balance between technology and fitness, I will be ready to conquer the world!
I said it earlier, I have all the pieces available to me, but I haven’t been able to build the fire…
- Kindling: foundation from my 2009 – 2012 fitness franchise endevour
- Big Sticks: Website Development, Personal Training, Beachbody
- Fire: desire, passion, willingness to fail, hard-headedness to push on
When I look at things today, I believe that each of the big sticks has been lit and that over the next few weeks and months they will come together to create a full fire that will begin to heat the water. While I had hoped to be a sudden burst of
Watch out world at 212 degrees greatness happens — and Jaime Slutzky is well on her way!