Make Life Happen

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Life is in large part what you make of it.  You can either wallow in it and think of all the times you’ve messed up or all the times people did you wrong, or you can rise above your circumstances.  You can defy the odds, and wave goodbye to all those who said you couldn’t.

The path that leads to living out your dream isn’t fairy tales and rainbows, it takes sweat, it takes grit, it takes baring your teeth, and dragging yourself along  by sheer willpower sometimes.

Is it hard to live the life you’ve wanted?  Absolutely.  But if it was easy every one would do it.  Be more.  Rise above.  Don’t fall into the statistics, don’t fall into the trap that everybody does.  Don’t listen to people who drag you down. Don’t listen to those who don’t believe in you.  Go for it.

You Are Capable

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When people hit a certain point in life, they tend to think they can no longer pursue their own dream.  It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that you are too old, have too many responsibilities, or simply missed your opportunities.

But  the truth is you are never too old, and it is never too late.  Don’t listen to what naysayers say.  Listen to what’s inside you.  You are you, no one else knows the thoughts or feelings inside you. No one else has the passion that burns inside your heart.

No one else has the vision you have.  So go for it.  No matter your circumstance, no matter your age, no matter who is telling you, you can’t. You can.  You are capable.  You are strong, and you can live out your dream. Take the leap and go big. You’ve got one life.

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The Grip Of Fear

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Fear has a really tight grip.  It latches on like a leech and doesn’t ever want to let go.  It can paralyze and keep us stuck like nothing else.

I’ve felt it’s grip before and learned the only way to fight it is cut it off.  It’s super painful too. Fear is something that comes in so subtly that we often mistake it for “common sense”, we mistake it for “safety”, and “comfort”.

But in truth it’s anything but those. It is a prison, a prison that we allow to be built around us. A prison we allow to cut us off from our dreams, our goals, and the things we know within ourselves we were born to do.

Stop flirting with fear.  It’s a deadly game.  Run from it, jump into the unknown, kicking and screaming but being fully alive.

What is Greatness?

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What is greatness?  Having a ton of money?  Being wildly successful?

It’s a question that keep me awake at night.  On one hand I have the world that screams out fame, fortune, and success is greatness. But then I watch as those who have all those things destroy or take their own life.

Maybe they were searching for it too.

On the other hand I hear that greatness is becoming the least, that greatness is doing the things that most wouldn’t consider doing. That greatness is something to be given up, rather than sough after.

I fully believe in making the most of your life.  I don’t believe God gave us talents and abilities to squander and never do anything with.

It’s a question I continue to seek the answer to.

I Want To Be Better

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I confess I can be a very selfish person sometimes.  I can get my head so wrapped around my own issues and I lose sight of the bigger things in the world.  I get so caught up in striving for my gain and I lose sight of those who need me to stop striving and to stop and help.

If there is one thing needed it’s kindness.  It’s self sacrifice.  It’s caring enough to stop and help.

It’s taking the time to look up from my screen and see the world around me.  Taking a step back and looking at what is around me. Because I all too often miss it.  Not just overlook it, but miss it completely.

I forget there are kids who will go to bed hungry tonight, or scared of what may happen to them while they sleep.

I forget that somewhere a man doesn’t know where his family’s next meal will come from. I forget that someone is contemplating living because they can’t remember the last time someone was kind to them.

Simple things. Simple things that I so often overlook.

I want to be better.

The Struggle

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Struggle sucks.  We never like when we have to struggle with something. Who likes having to fight your way through something? In an ideal world everything would be smooth sailing with calm breezes and warm sunshine.

But things are not always ideal, and sometimes they are far less than ideal.

But that doesn’t mean we have to just wallow in the struggle.  Our viewpoint of it determines everything, much like our viewpoint with everything.

Our struggles are always preparing us for things we haven’t yet ran across.  Most of the time when we are struggling through something, we don’t have a clue why it is happening, we tend to blame people, blame ourselves, our circumstances, or our past.

But blaming doesn’t make it any better. The best thing we can do is remind ourselves that it will not last forever.  Struggles all come to an end, and when we hit our next one we will be that much more prepared to meet it.

Never Tell Me The Odds

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People love to tell other people what can’t be done. They love to say that you can’t.  Much of this stems from resentment and fear that they can’t pursue their own dream.  It’s very easy to shoot down ideas as impossible. Whether you are shooting down your own idea or that of someone else.

But you have to take the odds and throw them out the window.  Odds don’t matter.  If you look at history, everyone who ever tried to do something great was shot down by everyone around them, but they persevered, ignored the odds, and achieved their goal.

Odds are simply numbers to be broken.  You can make it to your goal, you can make it to your destination, and regardless of what people say will or won’t work, go after it with all your heart.

You’ve got one shot at life, make the most of it, and look at the odds as numbers to defy.

You’ve Got This

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What does it mean to be a winner? Does it mean you come in first?  Does it mean you beat everyone else?  Or does it mean something entirely different?

Winners are those who continue to fight, continue to bust through brick wall obstacles despite the pain.  Winners are those who may never actually win 1st place but still get up every day and run the race.

It’s not about simply winning the medal it’s not just about being the best.  It’s about trying again, and again, and again.

A winner is someone who looks at rejection and rather than quits, uses it as motivation to try even harder. A winner is someone who falls on their face, bloodies their nose, gets hurt, but still gets up and keeps moving with a dead-lock on the goal.

Winning doesn’t mean you always comes in first, it means if you come in dead last, you keep trying, and you keep going.

That is the true essence of a winner.

Face of a Lion

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Have you ever heard someone say “I’ve always wanting to…(fill in the blank)”.  We all have big dreams, things we can sit back say “if this was different I’d do this or that”.  If only’s can rule our conversation.

If only’s kill our imagination and stifle our dreams.  It cuts us off from who we really are and keeps us from growing, keeps us from fulfilling our dreams and making the come true.

The truth is if you want something, I mean really want it and it’s not some passing fad, you can make a way to achieve it.  You have to set your face like that of a lion.  Unflinching, with fearlessness, tackle your problems, tackle your challenges.

If you want a different life, you won’t get it by doing the same old things you always do.  That may sound incredibly obvious and yet so many of us tend to stay stuck on that same things and we somehow expect different results to come of it.  It’s just not going to happen.

You want a different life?  Start making steps that you haven’t before.  Don’t let fear of the unknown cripple you, because all your worst case scenarios are only in your mind.  Set your face like a lion and step forth with boldness.  You can do this, and you were meant to do this.