Overcoming the Pain


Pain is weakness leaving the body.

Greatness is often achieved through blood, sweat, and tears.  It’s really easy to think that those who have done great things in history had it easy.  The truth is that when anyone sets out to accomplish big things they have doubts, fears, and misgivings. 
  We all doubt ourselves while we are in the process and questions hit us like rapid fire “what if I’m making a mistake?”, “what if I fail?”
   But despite the fears, a far more important question to ask is “what if I never try?”  Nothing is harder than regret.  It eats at us and leaves us in doubt.
    No failure or short coming is equal to never trying. Failure just teaches us what doesn’t work, whereas never trying leaves us knowing nothing.
   So don’t let fear stop you from going after your goals. Jump in, take big risks, and go for it.

Why Do We Struggle?



If there’s one thing I’ve caught myself asking it’s “why does this have to be so hard?” Let’s face it, life can get rough sometimes.  We start something new like getting in shape and it seems everyone at work decided to bring in donuts.
  We decide to try a new career and are faced with failed interview after interview.
  We decide to make a bold step and find ourselves standing on a ledge holding on for dear life.
   But greatness isn’t achieved in peace and quiet.  It’s not gained by watching reruns of Friends or Breaking Bad on Netflix.
   It’s not done by seeing how many pins you can get or through beating the latest video game.
  Success is achieved through sweat through hard work and through diligence.
  Remember everything is temporary. The trials you are experiencing today will not last forever. You can and will get through them.

Do Anything


It’s super easy to put things off. We say one day or tomorrow or next week.
   Before we know it years go by and we are still saying “someday”.
   Putting things off is an excuse. The saying that “there is no time like the present” has far more weight to it than you might realize. 
  If you want to achieve your goals you have to take bold daring steps today, where you are at, with what you have.  Add to it every day. Go for gold each day. Don’t waste time with pointless pursuits but give yourself to something bigger than yourself. 
   Start today right now.

Stand Firm


What is trying to get you to waver? Is it circumstances, people, friends?

Whether you are trying to stand up for something, trying to make a better life, or trying to build your dream, you will obstacles, and trying times when it feels hopeless.

There will be things that stand in your way often from the least expected sources.

Don’t let it discourage you. Keep moving in a forward direction. Even if you feel like you aren’t making progress, you are. The going might be slow, and it may feel as if you are going at a snail pace uphill all the way. But you are making progress, which is far more than if you were standing still.

Remember progress is still forward movement no matter how small. So don’t let discouragement get you down. You are headed for great things if you work hard and keep at it.

Adventure Awaits


AMC is playing a loop of all three jurassic park movies. I don’t really know what it is but I am fascinated by these movies. Maybe it’s the sense of adventure involved. Maybe it’s the sense of needing to save something bigger than yourself. Maybe it’s running through the woods with a gun, I don’t know.

Regardless it excites me. It gets my blood flowing.

For me I yearn for adventure. We all have different desires in life. Crunching numbers, medicine, building a business, teaching.

We are all passionate about something. And we are passionate about it for a reason. Not to let that passion go to waste. But to nurture it, fight for it, and pursue it with everything in us.

Whatever is your passion chase it, run after. Ford the river, leap over the obstacles, run the race, and tear up the track.

Whatever is your passion go after it. No dream is too crazy, no passion is out of date, and no amount of adventure is too much. So go after it. You’ve got this.

Do What You Say


There is a lack that needs to be addressed and resolved. It’s the lack of follow through. I think most of us could agree on what types of things are right or wrong and at least have an understanding of what values are. At least in theory.

It’s time to stop saying things with only our words. It’s time we back up our arguments, our beliefs, and our statements with actions that are even bolder.

It can be easy to talk a big game from the safety of social media. There is no one staring you in the face, no friends around to influence you otherwise, no pretense to keep up.

But it is another matter when you are with your family or friends and something happens that tests your beliefs. You don’t really want to stand up for the things you truly believe, it would be easier to just go along with them, or to say nothing at all, the safe way out.

But we need to rise up. We need to go boldly forward with not words, but with actions. Living out our beliefs so that they can be seen.

You probably wouldn’t believe a teacher who was trying to make you believe a subject and he didn’t believe it himself.

So why would others believe us if we aren’t living out that belief?

Start showing and quit talking.

The Club


For some a strip club brings up Hollywood images of sex, glamour and money.

But the Hollywood portrayal is far from the truth of what it is really like. In reality 70% of girls in the stripping arena are trafficked (according to the department of justice). They are there not because they choose to be, but because some pimp promised them more and lied. They are there because someone abused them. They are there because they are threatened. Threatened that if they don’t do what they are told then their families will be hurt.

The pimps that trick these girls are experts. They have extremely long “grooming” processes. A term used to describe a pimp winning over a girl’s trust. They promise them modeling jobs, have contracts, and spend months builing up fake lifestyles. They schedule real photo shoots, real interviews, to where girls truly believe them. All this time the pimps pay for everything.

Then when the bait is set they say they have to pay up and when the girls can’t, they suggest that they work at a strip club because they can make fast cash. By this time, the pimps have more than enough information on the girls and their families to blackmail them and control them.

This is just one of the major schemes that takes place. And it happens everywhere.

Like I said. 80% of girls in the strip club industry are trafficked, forced to be there, forced to do things they never dreamed of doing when they grew up thinking of their bright futures.

So the next time somone jokes about strip clubs or wants to go to one, think about what really goes on. Be the better person and stand up for those who so few are standing up for. Don’t provide a market for this to continue.

The Inaffectiveness of Modern Christianity


I find myself asking all the time, why is the world in the state it is, when so many people claim to be Christians? After all there’s a church on every corner so why aren’t things better than they are?

I think it’s in large part because religion as we’ve created it is very ineffective. We are really good at producing good sounding songs, great sermons, good sounding books, but really what does anything actually mean?

Someone can say they love someone but if they show absolutely no signs of loving that person, what do those words mean? Nothing.

Religion has become a collection of nice sounding phrases and thoughts on what things should look like, but lacks any kind of backbone. In large part we’ll say something nice but lack any substantial evidence that we can bring about change.

Doesn’t that go against everything Christianity is about? Isn’t our version of Christianity completely opposite of what it was meant to be?

The Bible was full of dirt, grime, ugly reality, and men and woman who had grit. Who lacked that polished air yet weren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty for just causes.

Want to actually begin to make change? Stop with the nice sounding meaningless words. Let your actions speak for you.

Beat Failure


Failure will either defeat you or inspire you to win – Robert Kiyosaki

No matter what we do in life we are going to meet with failure at some point. It happens. Our failures are what define us. It’s easy to be on top of things when things are going your way. Easy to be happy, to be motivational. Easy to feel like you have it figured out. But when you hit a road block it’s a different story. Things suddenly don’t look so good. You feel like what you knew failed you. Like your hopes and dreams are crushed. Especially when you are hit with repetitive failures. But failures if looked at right can be your greatest opportunity.

Failures can be the thing that push us to be a stronger person than we ever thought possible. They push us to our limits, and push us outside our boundaries.

The greatest thing that comes from being pushed outside your boundaries is it opens you up to things that you never even dreamed about. Things that you couldn’t see until you met with your failure.

When we are weakest, when we are failing that is when greatness rises up within us. It doesn’t take much of a look through history to see how strong people rise up in times of crisis. There is something within us that calls for more when challenged.

So when you hit a wall, when you are faced with uncertainty, keep going, reach deep down and pull out the strength that lies within. You have what it takes. You can do this.

The Ups and Downs


Life has a way of feeling like a roller coaster at times. Sometimes you are climbing the hill waiting with fear and anticipation of what is to come.  Other times you are loving the rush of the downhill when everything is going right.
And sometimes you are bored waiting in line.

There are many different aspects to the road map to your dreams. Ups, downs, and all the in between.

Your thought process and how you handle those situations defines the greatness you rise to.

You have to keep the end goal in mind no matter what you are doing.  Keep moving forward, no matter how tough the going gets. Fight through it and you will come out a champion.