​Head Coach and Next Level founder Christian Matyi – a/k/a "XN" – gives notoriously complex answers to even the most simple of questions.  He'd always rather you "think more" than "know more." So you can only imagine what'll happen when there wasn't any question even asked . . . 

You never know what his many years of coaching will inspire him to claim as "relevant" to your progress. 


You don't gotta jump overboard to plan on jumping in.

Look, I get it:
you gotta make money.

You gotta pay your bills support your kids, and you got a girlfriend you love to treat.  Or a boyfriend.  Or a car payment, or two cats, or a sick relative.  

You got things that demand you keep working to make money.  And rightfully you should.  The obligations we have in live are an extension of that which we love.


Or are they?

Well, while I do not think we should all quit our jobs to pursue our passions without having a game plan in tact, I do think we rarely bother with drawing out that game plan.  We talk about it in vagaries; we say "I wanna someday."  But we rarely make that someday today.

And I am just talking about the game plan.  No one here is suggesting you jump ship tomorrow, but I am asking: "Have you even looked over the railing to see how deep the water is?"

So many athletes look at competitors with awe and excitement.  Yet they describe their own aspirations as "far away" from where they are right now.  They gotta first do this, then gotta do that, then gotta and gotta and gotta.

Likewise, so many athletes who love, love love strength and physique sports don't dream big enough when it comes to their livelihood?  Who said you can't make profit off of being a great bodybuilder?  Who claims that obsessing over lifting techniques can never feed you?  All it takes is some careful planning to make what you love into a carter you adore.  And yet, so few of the men and women who are accomplished in athletics ever bother to draw up that plan - many in spite of being phenomenal planners with their athletics!

Then, like a ray of light, I saw something that offered a simple, tidy and clean way of describing this motivation.  It was a cartoon by Illustrated by Gavin Aung Than from  

And cartoons are easy.  Easier than big life choices, anyway.  Which is why I liked it; it illustrates simply the concept of not getting bogged down in your "gotta's."   (Obviously. I also made sure the cartoon got posted over in the Almanac, because it's nice and wisdom-ey!) 

Stop waiting on the game plan.  No, you may not be able to change it all right away, but knowing WHAT will need to change and HOW it will happen is essential.  

Stop dreaming.  Start planning.

The conditions are perfect, right now; today.

You don't gotta jump overboard to figure out how to jump in.