I come on too strong but my passion is always on fire. After working so long on myself I've found that if I don't absolutely love what I'm doing I start to audit why I'm doing it. That goes for all most of my blog posts too. When I started creating the 365 WOD Journey I didn't have a clue what I was doing. To be truthfully honest, I still don't.
It's ok not to know what to do, but letting that stop you is only an excuse. I come on too strong but my passion is always on fire. My passion comes from a place that most ignore. My heart beats hard when I'm creating or working from that place. It's all about being 100% honest with yourself.
I can be pretty polarizing to people. I'm good with that because I only want to work with people who are in alignment with me. Some people simply aren't ready to work with me and I'm ok with that. I come on too strong but my passion is always on fire. To some that can come off as intimidating. To others, it can seem very cold.
If you do the work, then you will succeed. Work is one of my favorite pillars I lean on when it comes to “making it”. The “all or none” theory is another excuse that gets in people's way. The passion it takes to make a permanent change can be scary because it means parts of our current lifestyle have to go away. Those permanent changes also mean that parts of you have to die. I come on too strong but my passion is always on fire. Sometimes people take my passion and think that I don't care.
I do care and actually, I care too much. Sometimes I invest too much emotional energy in people's journey. It's burned me in the past and I've gotten 98% better at auditing that. Coming on too strong helps that in a way because then people can either go with it or go away from it. It's actually a built-in defense mechanism so I can play more offense. I'm usually not on the defense because of that very reason.
I come on too strong but my passion is always on fire and because it burns so hot I'm ALWAYS playing offense. It could be 3 AM and I'll still be just as enthusiastic about all the WODs. That enthusiasm doesn't stop with working out. It crosses over to mindset, meditation, self-awareness, nutrition, healthy spending habits, DIY projects and many other interests.
Not knowing how to do something has never stopped me before. Since the dawn of YouTube, I've been fascinated with the amount of content on the platform. I come on too strong when I think I can fix everything myself. What's really cool though is someone has recorded themselves fixing something or doing something about 90% of the time. We simply need to look at it as a fun challenge versus the end of the world.
My approach to “fixing” something is that it can't get any more broke. As I write this I realize I digressed from health and wellness and into more general life principals. See how ADHD works? In my mind, I saw a shiny object and totally dropped what I was doing to go check it out.
Back to how I come on too strong but my passion is always on fire. After a person works with me for thirty days or more they start to realize that I'm in this game for the long haul. They start to see some real results. For example, my brother, who was VERY hesitant to begin the WODs, went from an XXL (Just shy of needing an XXXL) to an XL in 89 WODs. Another person who I train with twice a week has decreased his blood pressure pills in 82 WODs. He also can fit in his firefighter gear and buckle the pants. That's something he couldn't do for over five years.
I don't tell you these stories to convince you to come join the #Kobernation and get you to do anything you can't do. That's for you to decide. Because whether you can or can't you're right. Understanding that may take another blog post. I love it when that happens because then I can write from the heart.
True authenticity is hard to come by these days because we post pictures, videos, and audios of the best stuff possible. We don't take into consideration everything in between. For me, that's the good stuff. I'm not perfect and don't claim to be. Eating ice cream, pizza and cake are on my list of favorite foods. Drinking a beer after mowing the lawn for three hours appeals to me. Sleeping in and skipping a WOD only to do it later that day happens.
My way isn't the sexiest way, but it's the most permanent. Some people see that message and think I come on too strong but my passion is always on fire. They see that passion and yet are still so afraid of the permanent changes that come. It's ok to feel afraid, that's the fun of it all. Why do you think people pay to go to a scary movie? The THRILL. The same experience we look for when we go to a haunted house or maze. To be taken through the emotional roller coaster only to be let off and wanting more.
The real secret sauce comes from knowing when enough is enough. A short while back I auditioned for a reality TV show called “Pumped The Muscle Hustle” with Lou Ferrigno and Mike Torchia. Not knowing if I'd be asked to come for a live audition I submitted the video. (Go Here To See That Video). Well as it turned out I WAS asked to audition. To make a long story short, I didn't go. My wife asks me, “Why do you need some celebrity to tell you that you're awesome?” That's where it all came to me. I didn't need anyone to tell me how awesome I am. I needed HER to tell me that. In all reality, I don't need anyone to tell me that, but when the person you care about most in life, besides my children, says you're awesome at what you do, it sure feels good.
When you find someone that can make or break your day with a single sentence you better do everything in your power to keep them around for the rest of your life. That's what I try to do every day. I'm not perfect at it, but when my wife said I'm awesome at what I do and that I have a gift, that's all that mattered. I don't need anything else. Creating these WODs aren't for everyone. Heck, they aren't even for ANYONE. They're for ME.
My passion burns hot and I do at admit I come on too strong, but when you KNOW that what you're doing changes people's lives, you just can't hide it. It takes time, work, dedication, consistency, community and most of all self-awareness. As soon as you start talking yourself out of doing a WOD, that's when you MUST do it.
To bring this point about how I come on too strong but my passion is always on fire to a head, it's all about the journey. I'm so in love with the journey that the destination, for me, is death. As soon as I think “I've made it” then I must be dead. The work, to the networking, to the creative, to the documentation. It's all in the journey. So to say that I'll be ready for all 365 WOD Blog posts to be done isn't true. So let's make today's WOD a massive step forward on your journey shall we?
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I Come On Too Strong But My Passion Is Always On Fire | Workout Of The Day (WOD) #251
Warm-Up – 5 Minutes Cardio (At LEAST)
- Adduction / Abduction Push-Ups – 1-2-3 Move Weight – 6-10 Reps Total
- Push-Up – Toe Touches – 6-10 Reps Total
- Chest Press Leg Lifts – 20-30 Reps Total
Cool Down – 5 Deep Breaths In Down Dog Pose
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Jed Kobernusz – ACSM-EPC, EMT, CEAS-I, FMS
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