There I was, out on an innocent dog walk, when I came about 50 feet (or what felt like a lot less) from death.

It was one of those weird “sunny-rainy-snowy-back-to-sunny” days that only April can deliver.

Around 4 p.m. the weather seemed fine, and so it was time to walk old Bally the Dog before his dinner. Sure, some clouds were coming over the horizon out there on the farm, but I didn’t think much of it. After all, we had been rained on every morning all week, so what was another late afternoon shower?

As we got 50 steps from the house, the rain turned to ice pellets. At 100 yards from home, we heard thunder.

And then – the lightning bolt struck directly ahead of me.

It was perhaps fifty feet away at most, but I swear it was much closer – maybe only twenty feet from where I stood as Bally the Dog sniffed at the ground. It was both terrifying and amazing at the same time.

(But no, my life didn’t flash before my eyes…or at least if it did, it didn’t show all of the good parts!)

I stood there for a moment being pelted by ice and wind, trying to process what had just happened. Finally I snapped out of it, pulled on Bally the Dog, and we turned and sprinted for the safety of home.

Had I not taken an extra 30 seconds to find an old pair of running shoes for the walk, would it have been a direct hit?

Is that the head-shaking way that I would have gone out?

Would this have been the headline the next day in the local paper?

“Local man, aged 37, dies after being struck by lightning while stupidly walking his dog in a storm”

If so, I’d have been very, very disappointed.

That’s not how I want to go out.

And so, that left me with the question…

What did that lightning bolt mean?

Was it just a random act of nature? Or should I take it as a sign from the heavens? Was it luck? Or Fate? A signal to check the weather before my next dog walk? Or a signal to start making REAL changes in my life?

I thought about this. A lot.

Finally, it hit me. (Not the lightning bolt, of course, but “what it meant to me.”)

It’s time for me to grow up.

It’s time for a big transformation.

It’s time to make changes in my life.

Do you feel the same way?

What if it had been you out there in the storm?

What would have gone through your mind if lightning crashed only a few feet away from you?

Would your thoughts have turned to your family? Your health?

What part of your life would you felt most dissatisfied with?

Where do you need to make big changes?

I realized that my family and money skills have taken a back seat to my business and health. Not that either of them are really, really bad, but…

…knowing what – and who I know – I could certainly be doing better. I can give more attention to both of these matters – and I decided to transform that day.

It’s time for a change.

I’m dedicating the next 12 weeks of my life to make a massive transformation in both areas of my life. I’ll be documenting these changes on my blog and in my Transformation Journal over at the TT Members site.

The timing is perfect, because the last day to enter my 17th Turbulence Training Transformation Contest is Monday, May 20th. I’ll be joining all of my readers – and hopefully YOU, too – in making BIG changes over the next few months.

Sure, almost everyone in the 17th TT Transformation Contest will be working to lose fat with the world’s best fat loss workouts, but we’re all in this TRANSFORMATION together.

We’ll all be harnessing the power of the Four Pillars of Success – Accountability, Social Support, Incentives, and The Deadline – to take MASSIVE ACTION in our lives.

So what about you?

Is it time for you to make changes?

Maybe you have the perfect family life but you’ve let your health and fitness get away from you…and now you just don’t have the energy to keep up with your kids or to get your health and vitality back as you hit your late 40’s or even early 50’s. It’s never too late.

So let’s change. Let’s help you Transform your life, your health, and your body. Let’s do this – today!

It’s time for a brand NEW start – for both of us.

It doesn’t matter what we’ve done in the past. We can’t change that.

In fact, all we can do is look back and LEARN positive lessons from our mistakes. That’s the right attitude. And then we take those lessons and apply them to future SUCCESS.

Past failures aren’t bad. Failure isn’t final. Failure is just practice!

Listen, if there is one thing I know after having observed this crazy world for 37 years, it’s that you can SURVIVE almost anything and come back better and stronger than ever before. Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from achieving the success you deserve.

I’m going to take my past failures and use them as guiding lessons to change my life. I’m calling this my, “Craig’s Time to Grow Up Transformation”.

It’s time to take life a little more seriously.

After all, I’ve been extremely fortunate and lucky in life.

I was born with virtually no limits on what I could achieve. There has been nothing in the way of my success in life but me.

And so with a little hard work and a lot of luck (and great people supporting me along the way), I’ve been able to build up this beautiful Turbulence Training world.

It really is a beautiful thing what we have here in these emails that I can share with you, in the community we have at TTMembers.com, on the TT Facebook page, with the new Home Workout Revolution System, and with all of the Certified TT Trainers and the Summit.

It really is fantastic and MORE than I ever thought possible when I starting working on this idea back in 1999. It’s a beautiful life.

Plus, there’s Early to Rise. This is literally the business of my dreams because it will allow me to help more people than ever before…and more ways than I ever could have done on my own…with a team of incredible people that believe in my vision.

It’s amazing. I’m a very lucky man.

My work world is everything that I could possibly ask for. But of course, that’s not all that life is about.

So it’s time for me to grow up and dedicate my efforts to helping more people – just like you – make changes in their lives.

As a reader of ETR, you’re part of family. I wake up thinking about how to help you every day. I think about you on almost every single dog walk I take out on the farm or in the big city of Toronto.

And family helps out one another in anyway that they can. That means delivering to you the Four Pillars of Success. Those are Accountability, Social Support, Incentives, and The Deadline.

These are available to all of us. No matter what YOU want to change.

Tell me what you’re going to change. I’ll be right here TRANSFORMING with you.

You CAN do it.

I can do it.

We can all do it.

We’re in this together.

We can all make dramatic Transformations in our lives.

We can become better in any area.

I know I will.

And I know you will too.

I invite you to join me on this Transformation Journey.

It doesn’t matter what you choose to change…I just want you to choose to join us.

Don’t wait for a sign from the heavens.

Just do it.

Let’s go.

Join me and harness the Power of the Four Pillars of Success in the TT Contest here:

www.TurbulenceTrainingContest.com 

[Ed. Note: Craig Ballantyne is the editor of Early to Rise and the author of Financial Independence Monthly and Turbulence Training. His most recent innovation, the Home Workout Revolution System makes it easy to use only use your body weight to get into great shape with 4-minute workouts. Learn more in the Home Workout Revolution Livecast where Craig will interview nutrition expert Joel Marion and show you how to develop the body you desire. Join the Livecast here.]

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men’s Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he’ll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com