Detach

Remove yourself from your feelings and emotions.  Step outside of yourself in order to think, see, and hear clearly.  Too often, we are lost in ourselves.  Lost in our feelings, emotions, anxieties, fears, and sorrows.  Too often, we can’t get past the inner self, in order to accomplish the tasks to reach our full potential.  We need to detach.  We need to learn to detach.  We need to learn to let go.  We need to understand that mistakes, mishaps, and failure are all a part of the life process.  Never to be avoided, but mistakes, mishaps, and failure should be expected, accepted, and learned from.  You are not perfect.  You will never be perfect in this life.  Perfection and the pursuit of, is myth.  Unattainable.  Do not strive for perfection.  Rather, strive for growth.  Strive for maturity.  Strive to become a better you, TODAY!

Change

One of the most difficult endeavors in life is change.  Naturally, none of us likes change.  Our mind wants to live life on auto-pilot.  Our mind will fight to keep us on cruise-control.  Doing the same things, the same way, over and over again, day in and day out.  Our mind will fight for routine, ritual, and the known.  But, if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got.  We have to change.  We must change.  We must learn the necessity for change within our lives.  Although most of us hate change, and we have a mind that will fight to keep us from change, we must fight to allow change to unfold in our lives.  If we neglect change, we neglect growth.  If we neglect growth, we are choosing to live a life of waste.  A life of wasted opportunity, potential, and reward.  Change is a catalyst for growth.  We need to grow.  We need to learn, apply, and grow.  We must continue onward, forward, upward.  We have been given so much.  We must fulfill our destiny.  We must be good stewards of that which has been entrusted to us.  Do not fear change.  Do not allow change to distract you, frustrate you, or fluster you.  Allow change to challenge you, motivate you, and transform you.  Change WILL occur in life.  Accept it.  Be open to it.  Embrace it.

You Don’t Know

You don’t know, if you don’t try.  You will never know, if you never attempt.  Allow yourself to try.  Allow yourself to attempt.  Allow yourself to fail.  Allow yourself to succeed.  Allow yourself to learn.  Allow yourself to grow, mature, and become better.  Allow yourself to be vulnerable.  Real.  Raw.  Authentic.  What burns inside of you?  What excites you?  What consumes your thoughts?  I challenge you, I encourage you, to run toward your fire.  To run toward your passion.  You and I, we literally have nothing to lose, even if we have everything to lose.  Life is all temporary.  We  get one shot.  One opportunity.  That’s it.  Why not live this opportunity fully?  Fearlessly?  Boldly?  Aggressively?  Live the life that is burning inside of you!

The Crowd

When you follow the crowd, you die by the crowd.  Is it important to have connection with others?  I believe so.  We need connection.  We need interaction with others.  We need community.  But, we also need to be cautious.  We need to be aware.  We need to know who we are as an individual.  Otherwise, we easily get sucked into other people’s thoughts, beliefs, and stupidity.  We get sucked into the ease, the comfort of just following.  We get lost in the crowd.  We then, lose sight of who we are, who we are to be, and who we are to become.  We have no individual identity.  No foundation.  No direction.  Lost in the crowd, we end up wasting a life.  Our life.  We eventually end up dead in the crowd of the average.  Our memory is swept away.  RESIST THE PULL, INTO THE CROWD.

Listen. Learn. Love. Live

Listen.  Learn.  Love.  Live.  This life is meant to be lived.  Fully.  Passionately.  Extremely.  We only have one opportunity, one shot at this life.  In order to live a full life, one must embrace the need to listen.  Learning to listen, knowing how to listen, is the key that unlocks the door to a full, passionate, and extreme life that is worth living.  When you listen, you provide yourself with the opportunity to learn.  When you learn, when you begin to learn, and continue to learn, you understand, love, is the greatest lesson.  Love is the greatest gain.  Love is the greatest gift one can give, and receive.  Love never fails.  You listen.  You learn.  You begin to love.  You truly, begin to live.  Fully.  Passionately.  Extremely, a life worth living.

Keep Smiling

Keep smiling.  Just.  Keep.  Smiling.  There are no perfect days.  No day goes exactly as planned.  Things happen.  Stuff happens.  Life happens.  This is fact.  Truth.  Reality.  People are crazy.  Rude.  Inconsiderate.  Inconsistent.  Angry.  Lazy.  Complacent.  Comfortable.  You and I can’t change people.  Not one person.  We can’t change certain things, certain situations.  Again, fact.  Truth.  Reality.  We CAN control our smile though.  No matter what, we can smile.  No matter what circumstance or situation we find ourselves in, we can smile.  No matter what others may say or do, we can smile.  A smile is powerful.  Contagious.  Infectious.  A smile can impact people.  A smile can not only impact you, but those around you as well.  A smile can change your attitude, and the attitude of others.  A smile speaks loudly, clearly, effectively, without a word.  Smile.  Keep smiling.  Smile often.  Smile in the good times, smile through the bad times.  Be a leader, NO MATTER WHAT.

Step Out

Step out.  Step out into the darkness.  Step out into the unknown.  Step out into the possibilities.  Step out into the beauty.  Step out of the comfort.  Step out of the complacency.  Step out of the laziness.  Step out of the crowd.  Step out of your pride.  Step out of your arrogance.  Step out of what you have always known and done.  Step out of the fear.  Step out of the anxiety.  Step out of the lie of perfection.  Time is passing us all by.  It slows and stops for no one.  What are you waiting for?  Why are you wasting your time?  Your possibilities?  Your gifts?  Your dreams?  Your opportunities?  Step up, step out, and step into, your life.