It’s Sunday morning and as I usually do every Sunday, I’m reflecting on the past week’s activity. I’m also preparing for my stay-at-home dad duties for the day. i.e. cleaning, laundry, prep for next week, etc.
This morning was another early morning (rarely do I sleep past 6:00 a.m. even on weekends), up before the sun at 5:15 brewing my first cup of coffee.
I launched this self-branded website, completed all my marketing components and funnels for F3 Academy for Fit Pros, and found that after years of hard work that I’m finally doing work that aligns with my gifts, my values, and my personal life goals.
Even my L.Y.F.E. Coaching framework became a tangible, living component of all that I want to do and offer the world.
On top of all that, my wife is due with our second child, a girl, in less than 25 days. I have a lot for which to be grateful.
I’ve been writing more this week than at any time I can remember in the past. I wanted to be sure that when I launched the website there was plenty of valuable content for visitors to dive-in to this week. Some of the content is refurbished from past work and some is new.
But during my reflection I realized that I hadn’t really described what this site was all about, and why I decided to launch it in the first place (other than my brief announcement on social media).
So I figured this was as good a time as any. Additionally, I want to provide you a way of receiving my updates and communication from me if you so desire.
Most of the details about my journey from an entrepreneurial perspective you can read about in My Story.
Some, however, needs to be expanded upon. Two major events in the past 9 years have been HUGE catalysts for my personal growth and shaped me into who I am today.
As alluded to in my story, my own narcissitic, selfish behavior which resulted in nearly destroying my marriage. Those reading this that know me intimately know what I speak of. But for those that might be “meeting” me for the first time I’ll just say it. I had an affair. As painful as going through that situation was and has been, and as much as I wish I had never done it, I wouldn’t want to change it for anything now.
The worst thing in my(our) life has actually been the best thing for me(us) and my marriage. In fact, I’d say it forced me to become more relational and less isolated, which has helped me grow and ultimately create what you’ll read below and learn from this website.
Something about me that is less known even amongst those closer to me. Back in 2011 I began to start questioning my faith, and my belief system. It was a dark time for me that was ripe with more questions than had answers. Actually, there were no answers.
Some call this stage of spiritual growth “The Wall.” St. John of the Cross called it “The Dark Night of the Soul.”–>
I began questioning what I saw in church services (productions really), whether or not the Bible was actually real, and even if God existed. Even after the powerful work I saw him do in the restoration of my relationship with my wife, I still lost complete “sight” of him during this time.
It came to a boiling point and spilled out of me in a very raw manner while on our Men’s Coaching annual retreat. We were in Montana visiting Glacier National Park and deepening our community through group sharing, study, and awe inspiring nature.
My turn to share came around late on the trip and that evening when I shared my story and where I was, I cursed at the men sitting in that circle and I cursed at God because I felt like he abandoned me. I also felt like I was duped. Truth is, I was just stuck.
But, in spite of my rage, nobody got up and left, nor did they try to correct me. Instead, they accepted where I was and loved me.
Upon returning home I began a deep introspective journey to learn more about myself and what I truly valued. My self-discovery resulted in me seeing God as the creator of my uniqueness and made him real again. More real than he was to me before.
I see now the necessity of going through The Wall. It was a path for helping me make my faith stronger and making it my own. Not what someone else told me it had to be.
As a result, I’ve found that the internal journey is the way to achieve more of what we want in life. As opposed to trying to change our external circumstances to make our lives better.
I’m now more grounded. I’ve become more connected. Both to myself and others. And I have realized my talents, values, and desires have aligned as a result.
The past year I’ve been working on several projects. One thing that I value deeply is creativity, which combined with my entrepreneurial make-up this usually means I’m finding new business ideas and stretching them to see if they work.
1) I recently developed an online course packed with content and coaching to help Fitness/Health/Wellness service-based business owners. It’s designed to help them with how to lead, manage, and scale a team of practitioners/coaches so they can experience more freedom. My beta-group of founding members have seen great results and have helped with making my original vision stronger. Fitness/Health/Wellness service-based business owners should definitely check it out.
2) My main love is coaching and working specifically with men to help them discover their true selves, unlock their God-given potential, and set their life on purpose so they can live their lives in freedom and fulfillment everyday. I call it L.Y.F.E. Coaching as mentioned before. Over the past year, I’ve worked with several men and have found great fulfillment and joy from it. I’m continuing to expand my reach and I currently have availability to work those seeking to find their purpose in order to live life with more fulfillment and joy.
3) In the very near future, I plan on expanding my consulting business. I want to grow my stable of assessment tools to help small business owners and HR departments of larger corporations with identifying and hiring individuals that will thrive in specific roles within their businesses. I’m still growing and developing the framework for this type of work, but it has the greatest potential for helping more people than anything I’ve created before. This excites me!
So as I venture forward using my talents and living out my core values of creativity, growth, authenticity, and transparency I decided that I needed a central hub for all that I do and all that is me.
A place to house my content as I continue to create through writing, and something that is more fitting to the brand of…well, “ME”.
The topics I’ll be covering include Leadership, Personal Growth, Spiritual Growth, and Staff Management. Possibly even some wellness components. The leadership stuff will expand beyond the workplace. In fact, most of these topics mesh well together and support each other. It won’t be as compartmentlized as it sounds. Sprinkled in will be my personal experiences, thoughts, and ideas.
I aspire to help others live in freedom.
I aspire to help others find their purpose.
I aspire to see positive change in this world and I believe it can be accomplished by developing leaders to operate more from a relational paradigm.
Welcome to ClintBarr.com.
I hope you enjoy it. I hope you get value from it. And if you’re in need of more help, let’s jump on a call to chat.
To Freedom and Fulfillment,
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