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Off the Couch | Into the Deep End

18 June 2018

If honest, it is only when looking back and processing the last few years of my life and journey, that I am able to pinpoint some of the pinnacle turning points. Those standout ‘steps’ that set an epic journey in motion and which have profoundly shaped the direction of my life, now allowing me to share so much with others. At first, I admit it was more of a ‘shuffle’ than a clear commitment to change my lazy couchy ways, but then rather suddenly and out of character, that series of shuffles came together and I found myself committed to my first major leap from comfort – an attempt to swim from Robben Island to Blouberg beach. A 7,3 km stretch of icy cold water – I had absolutely no idea if I was capable and it was terrifying!

The first step was possibly the toughest, yet sounds the most simple – getting off the couch to join a swimming squad!!: a whole bunch of people who were 10 times better, faster, fitter swimmers than me… I dropped myself in the deep end so to speak and that’s a really uncomfortable place to be. When one joins a squad, there’s naturally some kind of comparison, a sense of healthy competition and it requires one to push beyond what would have happened if training alone. But the beauty is that it immediately facilitates the next required step in the process to move away from comfort – going back again the next day!

I was so exhausted I wanted to vomit after that first squad session, but something made me go back and so a new process begins. The funny thing about swimming is that you set your own pace and any novice will find the first 4 to 5 laps easy – a false sense of ability sets in. But then you have to keep your pace to hold that position in your lane…and you quickly realise the error of your way-too-fast ways. You either have to push yourself to save face, or concede your lane position.

And in a heartbeat, the first extremely simple goal is set – ‘don’t lose face! Get fit!’

Out of the business comfort zone

This is the kind of stuff I love speaking about – helping people get out of their comfort zone in all areas of life.

In my sales business, it’s very much looking at the different opportunities out there. In the past, for example, there might be an account I really wanted but I’m a small sales team often competing against powerful teams of 20+. So why try?

Now my mindset is: why not try?

Pitch for it! Often I lose for the very reasons I feared. But sometimes I win. And EVERY TIME I learn!! If you stay inside your comfort zone, you will not learn new things. And when you stop learning, you simply can not grow!

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  • Hi guys 🏼Check out my latest blog post for some inspiration during the SA lockdown.Link in bio 🏽https://ryanstramrood.com/blogwww.ryanstramrood.com 🖱#capetown #southafrica #swimming #swimmer #lockdown #lockdownsouthafrica #quarantine #ryanstramrood #inspiration #motivationalspeakerHi guys 🏼Check out my latest blog post for some inspiration during the SA lockdown.Link in bio 🏽https://ryanstramrood.com/blogwww.ryanstramrood.com 🖱#capetown #southafrica #swimming #swimmer #lockdown #lockdownsouthafrica #quarantine #ryanstramrood #inspiration #motivationalspeaker
  • Interesting dip this morning, started in pouring rain, water at 11,5C which is not great to jump into, then dropped to 10,6C around the point, which came close to breaking the spirit, then 2,3kms into the 8,4km swim, within 30meters it jumped up to 15C. So sudden. A Cape Point start to the day is never a bad thing 🙂. And a PROPER well done to the Issataya Bredell who was out there too, amazing! Thank you very much BigBayEvents and Derrick Frazer - and to my crew Mark De Klerk ;)Interesting dip this morning, started in pouring rain, water at 11,5C which is not great to jump into, then dropped to 10,6C around the point, which came close to breaking the spirit, then 2,3kms into the 8,4km swim, within 30meters it jumped up to 15C. So sudden. A Cape Point start to the day is never a bad thing 🙂. And a PROPER well done to the Issataya Bredell who was out there too, amazing! Thank you very much BigBayEvents and Derrick Frazer – and to my crew Mark De Klerk ;)
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  • Decent company to share a @devilspeakbeer with, cheers @ckrige @sethhulleyDecent company to share a @devilspeakbeer with, cheers @ckrige @sethhulley
  • Good Luck @shoneecn for your first Robben Island Crossing, just a few more weeks to go! Thank you @cam_ubunye for  support today🤘🏻Good Luck @shoneecn for your first Robben Island Crossing, just a few more weeks to go! Thank you @cam_ubunye for support today🤘🏻
  • Delivered a proper power keynote to the team at @sportscience_sa, making it just in time to close off the session before the lights went off! #pushpastloadshedding  Thank you @shoneecn for hosting 🏻Delivered a proper power keynote to the team at @sportscience_sa, making it just in time to close off the session before the lights went off! #pushpastloadshedding Thank you @shoneecn for hosting 🏻
  • Congratulations to @swimmerpsychologist on her Robben Island Crossing #1 🏻#pushpastimpossible #robbenislandCongratulations to @swimmerpsychologist on her Robben Island Crossing #1 🏻#pushpastimpossible #robbenisland
  • Sharing, learning, collecting, laughing. Great night out. @cam_ubunye @lewis.pughSharing, learning, collecting, laughing. Great night out. @cam_ubunye @lewis.pugh
  • Hot day out today for the @torpedoswimrun @valdevieestate 10km, thanks for the company Mark and @ryk.neethling 🤟🏻Hot day out today for the @torpedoswimrun @valdevieestate 10km, thanks for the company Mark and @ryk.neethling 🤟🏻
  • Sharing some lunch hour pleasure and pain with my swimming partner, Mark De Klerk. This is how we train for the cold water, in the ice buckets at I&J🧊Sharing some lunch hour pleasure and pain with my swimming partner, Mark De Klerk. This is how we train for the cold water, in the ice buckets at I&J🧊