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 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.

Stop Waiting For Perfect

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There’s a really big hold up to living our lives to the fullest.  In truth I only know because it kept me from getting out and living my life for far too long.  The thing is I held back for so long because I didn’t know what that one perfect thing I wanted to do was, that one thing that would bring me life.

And then I realized something, if I kept waiting around for that one thing, years would go by and I would never do anything.  That made something finally click with me, and I realized there is no perfect thing.  The only way we find out what we have a passion for and what we want to do is by trying new things.

Yes it’s scary as crap, but just do it, stop saying should I and just take some chances. Even if they don’t turn out to be that one thing you want to do, you will have experienced some life, and you will be that much closer to finding what you do want to do.

Giving Up

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Have you ever hit a spell in your life when you really want to give up.  When you are utterly exhausted and want to give up entirely?  When you are mentally exhausted?  You feel like you’ve given pretty much all you can give.

I’ve hit those time too, when I’d rather just give up.  When I doubt, when I question, when I wonder if what I’m doing is worth it at all.  Life in general throws us these questions and it’s perfectly normal.

The most important thing during this time is to remember the why.  Why did you start?  Why are you doing whatever it is you are doing it?  There was some drive, some push to do more.  Remember that. Hold on to that. Regardless of how much you don’t feel like it’s worth it, hang on to it.

The goal you have is worth it.  You can make it and this too shall pass.  It will.  It always does.  Giving up leaves you feeling empty.  Giving up kills your motivation.  So don’t give up, don’t turn around.  You’ve made it this far and you can make it to the end. You’ve go this.

Down But Not Out

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I’d be lying if I said there weren’t tines when I want to just give up. Stop striving for more, stop pushing myself to the limits. Stop chasing after dreams and hopes and ideas.
   Because honestly it’s exhausting at times. My stamina gives out and I want to chill in the couch with a cup of coffee turn the phone off and forget about the world and it’s problems.
   Yes that sounds good…at least for a little bit. But that’s not what I nor anyone was created for.
   We are meant for more. So much more. And when we fight for that more we get beat up along the way. We get days where we feel like the wind had been knocked out of us.  Where we are thrown off our feet. But it’s not the end.
    Failure and that feeling of defeat are not the end. There is always more fight always that voice that says try harder.
    No matter your battle, or your obstacles, you can make it through them.
  Keep going.