January 1, 2018 – New Year, New Me

My name is Chad Mast. Welcome to The Masculine Fire.

I was challenged by my good friend and mentor Dan Borland to create a blog page with the intention of channeling the necessary energy towards starting my motivational coaching business. This blog will be simple. There won’t be lots of bells and whistles. I intend to keep it simple so I don’t become swallowed up in overthinking the details of what I think it should be. See, I’ve been focused too much on the details of too many unnecessary things for too long. I think it’s easy for us to place too much attention on what we perceive the big picture should be and to project our insecurities and fears onto that picture.

For myself, that fear has been around starting a motivational and life coaching business. I came up with the idea in 2015 after having taken the Gallup Strengthsfinder test. My test results indicated that life coaching may be a profession my Strengths would serve well in. Intrigued, I did some research and immediately fell in love with the idea of being a coach and helping people find their purpose in a wayward life. I came up with the name of my business and quickly purchased rights to the domain name. I’ve rented that domain name for over two and a half years now and I have never done anything to start building the website for my business. Why? Fear. I’m scared of stepping away from the security and comfort of IT which is what I’ve been doing for the last ten years.

Have you ever complained about something so long that you get sick of hearing yourself talk about it? That’s where I’m at with my coaching business and feeling ‘stuck’. Am I capable of building a website? Hell yeah I am. Will I be a good motivational coach? You’re damn right I will. I have had multiple people tell me that I’m going to be an excellent coach, that the advice and support I gave them was vital to helping them shift their perspective on their life. I have the intelligence, the drive and the affirmation to do this, so why do I feel stuck? Because I’m afraid. I’m afraid of stepping outside of my comfort zone. I’m afraid that I overestimate my ability to help people despite the words of praise I’ve received.

I’ve labeled 2018 as ‘The Year I Recapture My Heart’. That’s where the inspiration for The Masculine Fire was born. At the end of 2018, I want to look back at this year and say, “Yeah, I definitely recaptured my heart and reignited the masculine fire within it.” I hope you will walk with me on my journey. It’ll be nice to have company.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post.