Learn how to reach beneath the surface of your life and rise with a greater sense of fulfillment in each day.


Have you ever felt like there is more beneath the surface of your life just waiting to rise up?
After his life was shattered from a near-death car accident, author R.T. Stokes was challenged with restructuring and finding greater meaning in his existence in one of the unlikeliest places: deep in the ocean on a Navy submarine.
Serving on that cramped submarine only a few months after the crash forced Stokes to slow down, think about how he was living his life, and what he truly wanted out of it. It was on that ship he realized that the key principles of submarine operations that enabled vessels to overcome the great physical pressure of being underwater were also principles we could use in our daily life as we work to overcome difficulties and adversities and fight to bring our best selves to the surface, each and every day.
In The Relentless Rise, Stokes provides readers with tips and methods to help examine what is really happening beneath the surface of their own selves to better understand who they really are, what they are actually capable of, and what challenges they need to overcome to pursue their own Relentless Rise.
The Relentless Rise maps out effective strategies for self-improvement in conjunction with actual submarine operation, giving readers a Navy-quality structure that could be implemented in whatever their life mission is, and help them rise above the pressure and emerge from the surface with fulfillment.

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What is the emotional level of depth you are experiencing most in your life right now?
The Relentless Rise utilizes the submarine theme to illustrate people as vessels transporting their purpose as a vision for fulfillment through the often unpredictable challenges we encounter in our life missions. The book recognizes the increasing difficulty of navigating the various unseen sources of pressure in a partially submerged society and the growth of people operating through reflections of social profiles rather than genuine semblance of their true selves.
Looking beneath the surface of our daily lives means we are spending time making the necessary external dives into the world around us to meet the challenges that we face personally and professionally requiring our focused attention and efforts.
However, looking beneath the surface also applies to making the necessary internal dives to explore the uncharted areas of our potential, uncover potential emotional shipwrecks that can still be salvaged lying on the seafloor of our wellness, and discover greater purpose hidden within the day-to-day routine of our daily lives.

Key principles of submarine operation provide a potential solution bu utilzing pressure to our advantage to regulate our depth through life's difficult dives while also strengthening our ability to control our rise by uplifting ourselves above the surface of mediocrity to optimize our full potential.
Key principles of submerged operation ensure that the vehicle transporting the vision for the mission is always in the optimal position and condition to succeed against the odds. Human performance success factors connect these principles to provide relevance to the different types of influences we tend to encounter in our daily lives.
The principles of operation in the book have the same intent as they would apply to the most powerful submerged vessel on this earth: to ensure the optimal operation of the overall vehicle and supporting systems while also providing a roadmap to troubleshoot problems and respond to any unexpected casualty. However, the powerful submerged vessel that this book is focusing on is you. You must see yourself as the vessel of your vision (containing great value within) and the vehicle of your vision (charged with transporting your dreams to a point of delivery).
The principles in themselves connect submarine operational themes and apply them to some of the most effective behaviors and skill sets in personal development and leadership training.

"The 7 principles and 5 tactical touch points per principle presented in the book are a masterclass on productively performing in line with your purpose, optimizing opportunities, and overcoming obstacles while facing pressure of differing depths and intensities. This book, which is more like a life operating manual, is something I will continue to return to as I seek to express my highest and best self in the world."

RM Thompson

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