It’s hard to believe how fast time does go by. When you’re young, a year or even two seems like an eternity, right? Maybe you remember the “Time Out” box in elementary school… where you have to sit facing the wall for ten minutes, which feels like an hour.
Well in January, my son Champ turned two and about a month later, we had our second son, Deakan. It was as if I blinked and I was a father of two.
In fact, I’m quickly approaching my two-year anniversary of being a TT Certified Trainer. It was this time less than two years ago I was managing a gym during the day, working with clients one-on-one, as well as small groups, plus I was running a few bootcamps. My wife was a 6th grade math teacher.
It was a dream for both of us for my wife, Sabrina, to be a stay-at-home Mom. I just didn’t have the avenue to allow that to happen…. YET.
My bootcamps were averaging about three to five people. But that soon changed after I started to use the client attraction tools from the TT Trainer newsletter. About eight weeks later, I averaged twenty people.
That was just the beginning. Later that year, I launched my original product, Workout Finishers and started my online business, which was non-existent before that launch. Because I was a TT Trainer, Craig’s readers ate it up and within hours of launching the program, my online business had exploded.
Fast-forward (and I truly mean fast-forward) to just five months later and I saw the momentum snowballing. It couldn’t be stopped… the success snowball was way too big. Because of this fast-growing success, I was able to step away from my gym management job AND my personal training clients and focus more on my online business.
I knew this would make a bigger impact on the world and this would allow me to help more people, which is what the TT Ten Million Mission is all about.
This was huge for me, but it got even better. My wife and I made the biggest decision of our lives. We officially decided that she will no longer be teaching and become a stay-at-home Mom. Our dream of having her be home had come true well before we anticipated. In fact, we talked about her becoming a stay-at-home Mom in the fall of this year. So this happened over eighteen months sooner than we thought it would take.
I knew I wanted to be a part of the mission and contribute my talents. I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. I didn’t anticipate that I was going to be one of the transformations.
Once I clicked the mouse to become a TT certified Trainer, I also had no idea things were going to happen this fast. There aren’t many people in this world that get up and are excited to be “working”. But I find myself in that position every day and I never take it for granted. Many people in this world struggle with the “Monday Morning Blues” and I’m fortunate enough to not have to deal with that thanks to the lifestyle that the TT certification has given me.
Today, I have a full time online business, while I do train my long time client of six years by choice. I get to see my wife take care of my two sons every day. The smile on her face when I see her at home during the day is priceless. You simply can’t put a price tag on that.
Throughout the journey, I’ve developed my character and have discovered a sense of purpose in my life. Every time I get a TT Certification Newsletter, I get rejuvenated and refueled to make an impact in this world. There are always nuggets in there that will make an impact on your own transformation.
Remember, a transformation is more than just weight loss. I lost 105 pounds before the TT Certification. What needed to be transformed was my mind, and I found that in the spring of 2011 once I became apart of the Ten Million Mission.
One thing I’ve learned in the last couple of years is that we are only here for a short time, and that time goes by way too fast. Thankfully, I eliminated the “maybe one day” mindset and contributed to something much bigger than myself, transforming who I am in the process.
To your own transformation,
Certified Turbulence Trainer since 2011
I want you to know how incredibly grateful I am to have you in my life.
You see, ever since I was a young boy watching my mother struggle with her weight, I’ve wanted to dedicate my life to helping people like YOU improve their lives. It doesn’t matter if that meant showing people how to eat and exercise better, or how to manage their money better, or how to build their business faster.
No matter what your goals, I’ve always felt that most people overlook the fastest ways to achieve success – but it’s not their fault…it’s the silly mainstream media and fitness world that holds most people back.
That’s why I started lifting weights and reading dozens of training books when I was just 16. And it’s why I went on to McMaster University in 1994 to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, and it’s why I stayed there for another two years to finish a Master’s Degree in Human Biodynamics (such a silly name, isn’t it?).
It’s why I started writing for Men’s Health, spending time on their forums, and creating my first program, “The Get Lean Manual” to share with my friends and readers. It’s why I started my first free email newsletter in 1999 and continue to publish free content over 13 years later. It’s why I created Turbulence Training. And perhaps most important of all, this burning desire to help people change is why I started the 1 Million Transformation Mission back in 2010.
It looks like all of these actions have put me on Santa’s “Nice” list, because in 2012 I finally received what I’ve been wanting for years…a solution to one of the biggest bottlenecks in the 1 Million Mission.
And that solution is the EarlyToRise.com $100,000 Transformation Contest that will launch on Wednesday, December 26th. Stay tuned for more details on how you can win loads of my cash just for Transforming your life in the areas of Health, Wealth, and Wisdom.
This contest will help me make a HUGE step forward towards my goal of helping 1 Million Men and Women just like you to transform their lives.
And it all started with sharing my vision and mission with the world. I set out to Transform one million people, and in the process dramatically transformed myself at the same time.
That’s the power of change. That’s the power of the Transformation. That’s the power of the deadline, public accountability, social support, goal setting, checking-in, playing UP a level, and surrounding yourself with the best people on earth. That’s the power of the Turbulence Training World.
It can change all of us. It can change your clients. It can change YOU. It will change the world. But to transform, we must first…
Break Down the Walls in Your Life to Grow
In the new house out on the old farm, construction is wrapping up. By the time you read this most of the furniture will be moved in and the house will soon become a home. Mom’s holding the big family Christmas there this year (her side), and having 50-plus people in the house will quickly “work it in”. So will having old Bally the Dog there, too, of course. Just last week I stopped by to see how the final rounds of construction were going, and I was shocked to see how small the house felt now that the walls were up…
But that’s what walls do. They close things up. They shut us off. They constrict us. They take something big and make it much smaller. Walls in your house can do that, and walls in your heart and mind can do the same. So…
…you must break down the walls in your life. Or better yet, stop them before they go up.
If there is someone in your life – business or personal – where a wall is starting to build, take the sledgehammer to it now, if they are important to you. Don’t let a wall grow in your heart or mind. Open up the space, make the connection, keep the area open. You do this by growing and becoming a better person.
One quote that stuck with me and influenced me more than ever this year was this:
“Before you are a leader, success is all about yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch
It’s influenced my writing, my teaching, and my role as a business owner and manager of people. Those words from Welch have literally changed my perspective on life.
So my words of advice to you, as we reflect back on a record-breaking year for so many of us, and look ahead to almost unlimited potential, is to “Be the Leader!”
Grow your friends and family and co-workers. Grow yourself.
Never stop learning and improving.
I’m proud of you.
And more important, EXCITED for you and the year you have ahead. I think we’re all just getting started. 2013 is going to bring even bigger breakthroughs and personal bests in all areas of our lives.
Life is good, my friend, thanks for being a part of mine.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer