One of my favorite fiction books is The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. I lost count of how many times this book made my eyeballs swell up…pushing back tears.
It’s about car racing, risk, love, cancer, death, dogs…life.
Here’s one of many classic quotes from the book.
“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.”
One of the main characters is Denny – a race car driver. This guy never loses a race in the rain.
Because he trained himself to become more comfortable at something that freaked out everyone else.
He learned how to be calm, comfortable and confident when all 4 tires broke loose!
Instead of white-knuckling the steering wheel and sitting on pins and needles he just learned to intentionally go into a 4 wheel skid.
Because it was predictable. He was finally in control. He knew exactly what that car would do in that state…and he milked it good.
He was pushing the scary edge that kept all the other drivers off the gas…tapping their brakes.
But not Denny. He would tap the gas and start his slide into a whole new comfort zone. A zone only HE found comfortable.
From there you can predict what happens. He slides through the turns and passes other drivers like they are standing still.
Some thought he was reckless. But Denny knew better.
Better to tell your car when to skid than sit around wondering when it’s going to skid on you.
Are you still with me?
I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.
This is exactly how I think men should be thinking about their life.
I hung out in the middle of the pack for 30 years – tapping my brakes and letting off the gas.
I was afraid of pushing the scary edges of what I wanted and becoming the man I knew I could be.
I was a people pleasing, egg-shell walking good guy who thought settling for good enough was…well…good enough.
What I learned is that “good enough” is the mindset of a man who is settling for less than what he really wants.
If you want to have a relationship and sex life that rocks your world, you need to be pushing an edge you’ve never faced.
If you want more adventure, variety and spontaneity in your life, you need to make some scary decisions.
And if you want a better paying job or a more profitable business you need get comfortable in the 4 wheel skid of increasing your value and asking for what you want.
Here’s a quick video I made for you about that.
Being able to feel in control even when the situation around you is outside your control is a great metaphor for what I want to talk about with you today.
Because ALL of us have got some things that we’re afraid of. We have some things in our life that make us drop to the back of the pack.
Things that make us tap the brakes, slow down, drive with caution.
Sometimes we drive too fast when we shouldn’t be.
Sometimes there’s things you want to say, that you’ve always wanted to say, that you wont. And later or you have the perfect response and you’re kicking yourself for not saying it.
You might have a dream in your mind about what you want to be or what you want to do and the kind of relationship, or the job, or the money you want to make…but you’re not saying it out loud.
You back off the gas.
You tap the brake.
You come back to the middle of the pack, to where it’s safe.
Maybe some day soon you’ll make your move. You’re not sure…you might.
What I know is that most men never do make their move. They finish the race in the middle of the pack.
What I’d like to talk to you about is…how can you get to the point when you’re slowly and surely, pushing yourself, to the point where you’re wheels break loose, just a little bit. And you start to get comfortable doing things and saying things and making decisions that push the edge of comfort for you.
Things that you’ve always wanted to do…but you’ve never quite had the nerve.
The art of racing in the rain is all about getting comfortable in a new zone.
Going out to the edges of your comfort zone and looking for an opportunity.
That’s where all your growth is going to be.
The process of coaching men, is the process of sitting in the drivers seat and analysing everything they’re doing. Letting them know when to tap the brakes. When not to. When to hit the gas. When to steer into the turn. When to back off. When do we apply pressure and when do we release it.
Coaching is all about helping a man understand how to make the very smallest little changes in the way he’s driving his life, that will have the most exponential impact on his results.
In his relationships. His job, income, parenting….
It’s amazing when a man makes one small change….everything changes…for the better.
How do you learn to do that?
You do this by pushing your very first scary edge.
For me that meant accepting help and investing in high quality training and experiences. This pushed me out of my comfort zone big time.
I’ve just been back in Santa Monica for the 4th time for a 4-day coaching intensive that is always a little edgy for me.
I’m with a group of 150 other people who are all challenging each other. I’m not a fan of huge groups anyway. It’s intimidating.
It pushes me to think, speak, engage and grow. And it’s not cheap which is another edge I’m learning to push – investment.
But EVERY TIME I return home, I feel an exponential shift in my energy, mojo and commitment to creating what I want. It’s a high better than Fat Tire beer provides – and I like me some Fat Tire.
Anyway, this is what I know.
Real change and exponential improvements only happen when we push ourselves into the zone of discomfort.
We have to know when to fearlessly press the gas and when to hit the brakes.
We have to know when it’s time to take a stand, speak up and risk pissing other people off.
And we have to know how to respond to situations that might otherwise control our destiny.
This takes a commitment to learning, internalizing and PRACTICING a whole new mindset. New operating principles. Brand new mojo.
And we’ll never find that just in a book, video or podcast. What worked for me is what will work for you. Spending dedicated time with other initiated men and committing yourself to a process of personal change.
This is how we turn our “lights turn on”. And there’s nothing else I would rather do than to spend some quality time helping you do that. I’ve developed a reliable 90-day process that gets consistent results for men and it doesn’t hurt a bit.
Actually, we end up laughing together more than anything else.
It all starts with a simple, powerful, courageous conversation.
Click here to get started. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
I would be thrilled to help you get there – our first discovery call is always free and always gives you a BIG boost of confidence.
You WILL become a clearer, stronger, more confident man only through other men. Your woman cannot take you there – and she doesn’t WANT to…trust me on that.
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