EPI-58: Whatcha Bench? A Lesson In Potential
Your potential as a bipolar person, rivals that of the gods.
OK. Good. Now you’re paying attention.
I believe that, for some people, bipolar is a solid indicator of unmet, ignored or improperly utilized potential.
My own life has proven this true to me.
The people I meet who’ve either overcome or better managed bipolar have proven it to me as well.
There’s an extra spark in these folks, an easily identifiable strength base that’s lacking in the non-afflicted.
Restraining that potential might be why bipolar is your running mate.
When there’s a power inside you and it’s being caged, imprisoned by either your ignorance or your fear of bringing it forth, its potential will punish you.
The better part of you will do mighty battle with the current version of you, in an attempt to wake you up top your true path.
This isn’t going to be every single person who’s ever had bipolar.
But it’s more of you than you might think.
And you might be one of them.
But even if you don’t think you’re one of The Golden Crowd, or even if all indicators point to this being not so, just imagine the good that would happen for you, if you proceeded as if it was!
This path, this map, and me as your guide, just might very well bring you into the light more so than if we’d never met.
The key to all I offer you is rooted in the unavoidably true fact that if you were to use what I teach, at bare minimum your life would improve.
Is that not something any bipolar person would want?
I know that if you’re deep in the woods with bipolar that this might be hard to imagine and even harder yet to make use of.
But just know, you have more going on in your favor than you might realize.
And I’d like to at least expose you to the world I discovered that made that point clear to me.
Just click the “READ MORE” text below for the transcript!
Hey, this is Ken Jensen. I beat bipolar disorder in an all natural fashion back in the mid 2 thousands.
Believe it or not, that’s not even the coolest part of my story. What I learned through that process and what came next and how that’ll to bipolar and why bipolar was ever even part of the process, was mind blowing to say the least.
Bipolar has hidden within its strengths. I’m gonna show you what I mean and how they’ve shown up in my life so you can do the same. Hello. By polar pro and folk. This is Ken, and this is episode 58.
What you bench, a lesson in potential. I’m coming off in 11 hour sleep of 0 interruptions, which I desperately needed. So I’m feeling pretty good. I ate up more of my day through sleep than I cared to.
But the sleep was necessary. And now I’m full of energy. I did not get the podcast Saturday as I’d intended, but it doesn’t matter. I have more time built into my schedule. And I had a lot of important things to do Saturday.
With regard to some alterations in how I offer my coaching services, and a lot of stuff I’m building behind the scenes with LinkedIn and and also taking some marketing courses in alignment with that I had to take a new look at how my my courses are set up online because I gotta do a bunch of technical stuff.
I gotta reconfigure a few things, and there was many ways I could have gone to build to make this all doable in my life and still be able to bring top notch service to whoever hires me.
So Saturday got eaten up And there was no podcasting Saturday, but it all panned out well. The reason I titled Today’s episode, what you bench. That’s nothing to do with benching, although there is some leg pressing involved in.
And to back it up a hair, there was a a Saturday Saturday night live episode years ago with Dana Carvey and I’m blanking on the other guy’s name, and I loved him too.
They had a talk show. It was too it was too overblown bodybuilders who were not as who were not all that they thought they could they were.
And they had a talk show called What you bench. They just sit around talking about how much each other benches, and it was utterly ridiculous and 1 of the funniest damn things Saturday night live ever created.
Look that up. There was even an episode where Arnold paid a visit to the show. And he shit all over the guys, which they weren’t ready for.
It was just it was fantastic. So that that that title popped into my head when I was trying to figure out how to bring attention to this episode, in conjunction with my 21 year old son, he’s about I don’t know.
He’s 6 2. He’s 300. And he looks like he could run through a brick wall and he doesn’t even train.
He did football in high school. And I wanted him to continue weight training, and he wasn’t he wasn’t interested at for a handful of years, but he works hard.
He’s had a number of really hard jobs, and he does fantastic well in every other area. And and I know that, like, as a parent, you can’t push your your desires onto your kid.
You’ll you’ll mess them all up. Potentially, depending on how hard you push and whatever. So I figured at some point, he was gonna come around on my way of thinking just because what I know about him and he has.
Now he’s a training. He has except for what he did in football, He has untouched potential. He’s naturally just dead baseline, a monstrosity.
I can’t wait to see what he turns into. After dedicated gen time. When you’re working out and you’re new to it, even if you’re older, If you are new to it, you never tapped into your potential.
Your body has so much to give as far as growth and strength. And even the fitness levels you attain, you you can’t even imagine.
You you have a bright and shiny athletic future ahead of you, regardless of your goals whether you’re pro or not, most people just wanna be in shape and strong, look good. And in the beginning, you’re gonna experience great gains.
It’s gonna be very exciting. You’re you’re gonna you’re gonna have the problem will become more 1 of of monitoring and controlling your drive to do more too fast because you can rip yourself apart.
And my kid just told me he came home from the gym all excited today.
He leg pressed just under 800 pounds and it was completely doable. He had far more to go, and he didn’t know. He’d never pushed himself that hard in that fashion. And I’ve been telling him for years, You have no clue.
You’re a large man. He’s he he’s 21. I’m like, and he he just keeps getting bigger every year and I’m and I said, you’re you’re literally a large man. You’re like 1 you’re like Thor. You’re like something from Iceland.
You’re a bigger human being than most people, and And I know he likes being strong and stuff. It just wasn’t a a priority of his. But he’s finally found some reasons why he wants to train, and he was blown away.
He didn’t know his legs were that strong. And I told him I said, I’ve been telling you for years about your potential It’s untouched. And if you do this right, there’s things he wants, there’s things he wants to avoid.
And I said, I’m fine with that. I I can even train you. He doesn’t want me to train them directly the whole, you know, you want your you don’t want your dad telling you what to do kind of thing.
We’re good. We’re golden even, but I get it. And but he does listen to me for tips and advice. And I’ve made my peace with that and I just tell him what he needs to know, and and I bring up whatever I think might be most important.
So that he stays safe. Now young guys in the gym in particular will destroy themselves because it it taps into our testosterone, it taps into our inner warrior spirit.
You get out of control, and when you’re young, you you just you hurt yourself in ways you don’t even know happen, you don’t realize how badly you just hurt yourself and you heal super fast.
So you don’t you you you slough it off. You don’t even pay attention.
You don’t respect what you just did and how bad it is because you’re you’re ignorant of it. This all catches up with you later in life. So anyway, so my kid now knows, at least in this 1 area, How strong he just might be?
He’s super excited. It was so fun to share in that moment with him and satisfying because I’ve been I’ve been quietly pushing them down that road for quite some time.
And I see in my head, there’s a picture There’s an old picture back when Lou Frigno was competing against Arnold in the eighties for 1 of the, I don’t know, the Olimpierre universe probably olympia.
And Arnold or Lou, Lou was a huge man, and there’s a picture of him where He’s like getting a talking to from his dad who’s like 1 third his size.
He looks like a little child next to Louute. He’s pointing his finger up at him because Lou towered over his father, and you could see that losing trouble with dad.
His dad could give a shit that kids the size of a bulldozer. I’m your dad, and I’m your father. You’re my son. You better listen to me.
And his dad was his trainer. And I’ve always loved that picture. And as my kid got older, it became clear to me he was gonna be an abnormally huge human being. And I realized, I mean, 1 day, I’m gonna be Lou’s dad.
I’m pretty I’m 300 pounds. I’m just under 6 foot and 300 pounds. But my kid is he’s the next level, and I’m looking forward it. I’m looking forward to us having that same picture taken moment.
But the thing the overriding thing here is I pushed him and pushed him to understand his potential. Now I don’t only do it in in lifting. He’s very smart, and he’s very witty.
He’s the leader of his married bunch of of savages that he hangs out with. And they’re all good guys. I love all his friends, and I love how my kid How he and his guys together, how how they became the group that they are.
I’m very impressed by it. There are a whole lot hell fear than my friends and I were at any given point in my youth all the way up to my thirties. He’s he’s in a different class, and it’s a healthier 1.
And as a father, I couldn’t be happier and and and and more relieved that he’s not not the spitting image of me in that respect. The young me. So I’ve told him, I’ve watched how he’s handled himself career wise. And I’m very impressed.
If I if I was the boss of something, I would want him on my team. And he’s felt his way through some some varied industries doing well in each. The only place where he didn’t do so great, he still kicks himself over.
He he wished he’d have He’s got good character. He didn’t do something well at 1 job, and he knew better, and he wasn’t trying hard enough. And the job wasn’t for him was what the thing was.
But He still wanted to do a good job at the at the job. He wanted to do good work. He wanted to be known for doing good work even if he hated a job. That’s the 1 thing he he’s not happy with, which I’m impressed with yet again.
And that’s something my dad and I both hammered into him, like, you can hate a job, but they paid you to do a job. Do it well. Get the hell out of it as fast as you can because you don’t wanna be there.
You don’t owe anybody that. But you made an agreement to take some money to do a thing and you should do the thing well. Always leave a good taste in people’s mouth even if you hated what you did for them.
It’s just life will be better for you that way. And he he took that to heart. So that aside, I I just I like watching his growth. I know that when he’s ready, he takes a lot of the tips that I give him that I give you guys.
I give people when I coach them, and I have been 4 years prior to even doing what I do now. So case in point, I can’t divulge any any private information, but I’m working with somebody who they’ve got a brutal legal past.
I’ll just put it that way. And talking to this person a lot started out 1 way until we got to know each other. And there was a lot of just 2 guys screwing around.
I have a rather brutal background in certain areas. And I have a perspective on how I’d handle myself when I’m in a bad spot and how I have handled myself in a bad spot that matches this this guys.
We We paid different prices for being that way, and we’ve had different successes for being that way, but we’re very similar.
And That was the inroad. That was what what bonded us, what what bonded is not the right word. And understanding was was hat was was was created. We knew where the other guy was coming from in 1 area that was rather critical.
In our lives at different times. And it made us understand that we’re on the same page in certain ways. Which then allowed eventually allowed the conversation to up level to higher level thinking topics.
Loftier ideals. Career minded stuff eventually, and this guy, he said enough things about something that I realized he already had a decent background and a certain career.
And an understanding of it that surpassed mine, that I realized I I think I can help you turn that into something that will drastically improve your life.
I’m not a hundred percent sure. I don’t wanna get your hopes up, but with what I understand, with what I have at my disposal, I need to talk to a few different people, but I think we have a way of boosting you up.
And I think you’re gonna dig it. And I said, you’ll You’ll out earn anyone that’s ever helped you get this far.
Trust me. Well, he agreed he agreed to move forward with whatever I eventually put forth and it happened pretty quick. And we found a way to move this guy forward, some friends of mine and myself. And nothing that we did.
We just put him in contact with other people, and he’s going for it. And it’s even better than he thought. And the 1 thing that had him really scared which is funny because this is not a guy that gets scared by anything ever.
I can’t stress that enough. He’s a terminator. He was scared that his legal past was gonna shoot this dream all this shit before he had ever got a chance to launch.
Turns out his legal past is 1 of the selling points for his particular career path. And I laughed when he told me that and I was like, oh, I wish I’d have known you were rificed about that.
I’d I’d help ease your fears. Like, no, man. It’s that’s why you’re gonna rock this career. So he’s super excited. And the other day, we we had a conversation, the likes of which we’ve never had, which was mostly him talking.
And me listening and just adding some just some, you know, little bits of feedback and and just supporting him. And He’s not the same guy he was when I met him because of this.
I can honestly, I’m very satisfied that I helped pull this off. But all I did was Help him see his potential and clarify to him that there are people that will help you put this into play and I happen to know them.
The rest was on him. I gave him perspective, and I put the playing pieces in order so he see what they were.
It’s up to him from there to do something with it and he did and he is. And He’s 1 of my greatest success stories to date, and I’m so happy for him because I wanted to see him make it.
And on top of it, he’s gonna be excellent at what he does. And and just like me and a lot of you with bipolar with all the shit we survived and endured and learned from bipolar.
He didn’t have bipolar. It’s got PTSD really fucking bad. But he he uses that to do good. And and and he’s done it off and on.
He just never solidified it into a career. And that’s what happened to me with bipolar. When I when I when I beat it, which took some years, I was able to turn that frown upside down on a you know, into a career path.
So it brings me up to Now what I’m dealing with is to tie this all together. I have worked so hard to to build what happens in my website and to build the marketing machine that’s about to massively drive people to it.
And the courses I had to take recently in the middle of all of this And the courses I had to take a year ago to up level my own career, which then opened my eyes to things about coaching that I didn’t know existed until I was forced to learn them.
Combined with I’d already done an extensive amount of work and I I learned of some tools that would make things easier but to put them into play, I would have to undo some of what it already built, which in itself is just it’s just too much.
So And I’m not taking care of myself.
I’m not eating right. I’m not lifting myself. I don’t have the bandwidth. I don’t have the physical energy after my workday. To then throw in training and create this larger career, at least up until recently I didn’t.
Now this was planned. I knew I was gonna pay a price to push through. Well, all this shit I had to push through to reach to the point I’m at today.
And I knew my training was gonna take a hit. And I haven’t felt great. I haven’t felt great physically because I’m not on my game with training and eating right.
But I’ve been here before many, many times over the past 20 years plus I have a I have a cycle I go through when I’m trying to break through, and it’s kinda like the mad scientist thing where I don’t eat I don’t sleep.
I don’t take care of myself, but I’m building this work of art. I’ve done this multiple times before and I don’t fight it when it hits. The the the the ironic part is once this goes to the next level, my day job goes away.
And then I’ll I’ll finally be able to be less of a hypocrite and train and eat well the way I suggest everyone else does. As I continue beefing out this this system of mine and helping more and more people and scaling it up.
I can’t believe how much it it kinda cracks me up how a job jobs a job is like cancer to me. I’m fighting to beat it the same way I did bipolar, and I am beating it. I’m soon to be free from it all.
It’s gonna happen in stages, but my point is Once you know yourself, once you know your cycles, once you know when your what time of day you’re best at doing things, Once you’re familiar with how you look at life and why, and start understanding yourself better, you’re gonna go through something similar as you build out your your plan.
Whatever it is. Just like I’m doing now and have done multiple times in the past, this isn’t the first thing I’ve ever built of this sort.
I’ve built many and I’ve built many with and for other people. It’s been an incredible learning experience. But my potential is about to pop.
I’m about to reach the next level career wise of what I’ve been pursuing for a lot of years. I’m about to buy my freedom back from the work life. I’m about to be able to do a lot of things for my family that I haven’t been able to.
And it’s because of the things that I will also teach you should you bring me on board. I’ll show you how to do something whatever version fits for you.
Based on what I learned about what I’ve been through, will adapt it, and tweak it, and alter it, and reshape it, Whatever we gotta do, so that I can help you pull off something similar to what I’ve I’ve pulled off.
And that was really the point of all of this. Even as a bipolar person, I’m speaking to you guys now. You can do more than you are aware of.
Now depending on where you’re at in the bipolar journey, that might only be beating or lowering the severity of bipolar. And right now, if you go to bipolar excellence dot com and sign up for my newsletter.
I just give that whole system away. It takes guts to live well. It’s extensive, and I just hand it to you. Everything I did to become well again and get off in my case, this might not be the same for you.
Get off meds entirely. I put it in there. It’s extensive. It just might save your life. Bear minimum. It’ll make your life more doable. I guarantee that. So go to bipolar excellence dot com, get on my newsletter, please.
And Start that part of the journey and see where you at. You might need it desperately. You might not need it at all. You might fall somewhere in the middle. But at least we’ll be talking together. We’ll be hanging out together.
You’ll learn more about me through that newsletter, and maybe we find a way, 1 day, whenever you’re ready to work together, And then you’re actually gonna make my life better in multiple ways, but the key thing is you’re the people I love hanging out with.
For the very reasons that make bipolar people strange and unacceptable and and uncomfortable to other people, I see his potential.
You’re terribly interesting people. All the things that make you probably in your mind, and to those around you, not so good, I find to be very good if the perspective can be pivoted.
If the energies and the activities can be turned towards the good, and I know how to do all that.
I know other people that have ways of doing it that I never even used, and I I can help you work with their material as well. And then then we tap into your potential to build whatever it is you’re here on this planet to do.
That excites me in the extreme. I live vicariously through your projects. I love being part of that stuff. I love watching you win. I love watching you feel better.
I love watching you build something that makes you feel the same. I I just selfishly I just wanna be part of all of that with you. It it soothes some part of my brain. And it excites me and it gets me up in the morning.
Except today, today, my ass slept. Alright, guys. Drink that all in. Don’t forget to go over to Apple Podcasts and leave me a shiny review. I need those reviews. And well, that’s it. Untapped. I will talk to you guys next week. Be well.