I hope this blog finds you well! This blog is a different spin than what I typically post. You may see a blog post from me (Mitchel) in regard to fitness, nutrition, and specific ways to your health and tips to do so. This blog is definitely in line and on topic with that, it’s just formatted differently. I commonly find that people want to hear more about “me” and I get that, it humanizes the brand of Strongside. However, I also hear “you’re so lucky to get to do what you love” and while that is true, I am very vocal about the fact that I do not want to do 80% of the things I have to do every day.
The point of this blog is this: If you want to be successful, at anything, you’re going to have to do a bunch of stuff that you don’t want to do.
I’m a human, just like you’re a human. Yes, I get to do what I love to the depth of my soul every day, but it comes with its own struggles and massive price-tag. Even outside of the gym, I struggle just like every single one of you. I am on a constant struggle and it feels like I’m swimming upstream. The fact is that the world is working against us. The world wants you to fit in and the world wants you to be average. Not achieving your goals is a lot easier than achieving them. All the way from actually crossing the finish line of a goal or just neglecting to pressure the goal completely, it is way easier to choose not to take action. That is why it’s so tempting to eat bad food, sit on the couch, make excuses, and blame other people or circumstances.
You know what the crazy part is?…..it’s actually not easier. I have found that it is easier at the moment to say “no, I think I’ll just watch this next episode on NetFlix” rather than go to the gym and it’s a lot easier to say “well if I had their genetics then I’d be like that too” – and so on. It’s easier at the moment but it’s not easier on the inside. For me, if I indulge in the average, if I indulge in the ‘norm’ I feel suffocated and paralyzed. I start to dislike the way I look the way I feel and the way I spend my time in life. Although it may seem easier to me, in the moment to say “oh look, cake!” I know that all that cake will do it assist in the very thing I’m trying to avoid becoming.
I take this concept into many other areas of my life. This could be during a run and choosing the hard course or easy course. I’m going to choose the hard course just because the easy one will make me soft. In finances, I’m the same way. I love ‘bling’! I want a Rolex, I want the new 2020 Corvette, I want a pool in my backyard, and I want to take a vacation every quarter. Like I said earlier, I’m a human, just like you. I want all those things. I just know that none of those things pay me. They are liabilities that do not create a sustainable future. I’m not saying I will not ever get them, I’m just saying that instead of spending $100,000 on a car (even though that thing is LEGIT!!! haha), I’d rather spend that on STRONGSIDE to build its future.
What I’m really describing here it the long game and understanding the difference in what I want and what I want right now.
- I do not want to wake up at 4:45am every single day (Sundays I’m up at 6:45am)
- I do not want to sit on my computer for nearly 18hrs every weekend building Strongside
- I do not want to meal prep
- I do not want to train for 8hrs on the weekends for IRONMAN CHATTANOOGA In September
- I do not want to do laundry
- I do not want to eat healthy food all the time (I love McDonald’s)
- I do not want to keep ‘feeding the beast’ and put everything back into Strongside
- I do not want to work 16hrs per day
- I do not want to pay taxes
- I do not want to sit in meetings
- I DO NOT WANT TO DO 80% OF THE THINGS I DO EVERY DAY
I even wish I could follow this up with that good ol saying “I get to” but that still isn’t true! I straight up do not want to eat healthy food all the time! I truly enjoy a McDonald’s double cheeseburger and you are wrong if you don’t like them! haha. I haven’t had one singe I was in my early 20’s, I believe, but I remember how good they are.
Look, here is the point, plain and simple. I don’t like doing 80% of what I do every day and that is ok. Because that 20% is going to pay off. See….
I do not want to wake up at 4:45am every single day (Sundays I’m up at 6:45am)
But it’s the life I chose and seeing everyone’s smiling faces and true enjoyment at the 6:00am class makes my heart sing!
I do not want to sit on my computer for nearly 18hrs every weekend building Strongside
But I have to let the world know about your mission. I have to keep building and I have to keep pushing. Our members tell me about their kids wanting to grow up and train at Strongside instead of playing college sports. We have a thing to build and it’s my responsibility to do it! It’s also EXTREMELY nerve-racking to pay people. To wake up every day and know that people may be dependent on the income you provide them – that will make you hustle.
I do not want to meal prep
But I love the way I feel and my body acts. I have more energy, I feel better about myself and I love how I look. I respect myself more
I do not want to train for 8hrs on the weekends for IRONMAN CHATTANOOGA In September
Crossing the finish line is something that no-one can ever take away from me. It’s someone that only a select few will ever experience.
I do not want to do laundry
I don’t want to stink and my wife will yell at me
I do not want to eat healthy food all the time (I love McDonald’s)
I’d rather have great energy and a healthy future than the quick taste of the glorious McDonald’s
I do not want to keep ‘feeding the beast’ and put everything back into Strongside
But I want a Jet. I want a jet because Strongside is helping so many people around the world and the entire ecosystem of training that Delta cannot fly me fast enough.
I do not want to work 16hrs per day
But we have a lot of people to help. The amount of people that need our help are more important than any rest we need. Our members are first and we are second. Late nights and early morning do not phase anyone at Strongside. It’s the mission.
I do not want to pay taxes
Nope – sure don’t. I hate paying state tax + payroll tax + income tax + federal tax + all the others. It just seems like a lot of the same taxes on the same things. I’m not against taxes, I just think it’s a lot. But whatever, it’s life and I cannot change that. My first tax-goal is to pay $1million in Taxes per year. If I’m paying 1million, we grew Strongside to a whole new level and we would be helping so many people. I don’t care about the taxes, I care about the future.
I do not want to sit in meetings
I have so many meetings about finances, properties, legal/contracts, and so on. I don’t like it but I have to do it. I can avoid these meetings if I want, but it won’t help our future.
I DO NOT WANT TO DO 80% OF THE THINGS I DO EVERY DAY
I’m not worried about the 80%, I’m worried about the 20%. I want what the 20% will get me.
Here is why I wanted to share this with you. I’m a human, just like you’re a human and I don’t like doing the things I have to do just like you don’t like some of the things you have to do. It’s not a matter of like, It’s a matter of responsibility.
Fitness is our duty and our responsibility. It is our duty to be healthy for our families. If we cannot take care of ourselves, how can we take care of anyone else? And they depend on us! Being fit and staying healthy is not easy, it’s flip’n hard!! But at Strongside we are focused and dedicated to helping that challenge become easier.
We want to provide you a support system, a nutrition challenge, fitness classes that push you but reward you at the same time and coaches that will truly coach you! This is one team, with one vision – to be your best self!
Mitchel Black, CPT, NC
Founder & Head Coach – Strongside®
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
USA Olympic Weightlifting Coach
N.A.S.M. , N.S.C.A. & N.P.T.I. Certified Personal Trainer
N.P.T.I. Certified Nutrition Coach & Weight Loss Coach
Email: [email protected]
Address: 110 Londonderry CT #112, Woodstock GA, 30188