Keep going. Keep moving forward. Continue to take one step in the right direction each day. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. You never know what today may bring. You never know what may be around the next turn, around the next corner, through that next door. Life ebbs and flows. Yes, we will experience difficulties, struggles, unexpected heartaches, but we will also experience victories, celebrations, and will have so many opportunities to positively impact others. We have to face today. Accept what today holds. Embrace today. We must learn to go with the flow. To allow what will be, to be. No matter what the day may bring forth, we have to keep pressing on. Continue to grind. Continue to learn, apply, and grow. We have to continue to share. Continue to explore. Continue to love. Live boldly. Live authentically. Be you. Don’t quit!
Don’t put off what can be done today. We always think we have next time, the next day, the next week, so on, and so forth. We like to put things off. We like to avoid the reality of what is right in front of us. What needs to be taken care of, or accomplished, NOW. We procrastinate. It’s easier. It can become addicting. It is an addiction. Procrastination is an addiction. It becomes who we are, what we do. Procrastination is a trap. It is the easy way out. Or so we think. Procrastination in actuality, isn’t an out. Eventually, what we procrastinate on, will have to be done, will have to be accomplished, will have to be taken care of. When we procrastinate, we push things down the line, to a later date. And again, eventually, that later date comes. We create a mountain of things we could have done, but didn’t. We find, we don’t have enough time to climb the mountain. We get stressed, frustrated, angry, irritable, and we look for others to blame. The procrastination has become a giant mess. A mess, too big to clean up all at once. We fail. We lose. We fail to do what we said we would do. We fail to be the example. We fail others, our co-workers, spouses, friends, and ourselves. Others lose trust in us, we lose credibility, we lose relationships and even jobs. Procrastination will destroy your life. It will erode your foundation, causing everything to fall apart. We have to break-free from procrastination. We have to break- free from the easy way, break- free from laziness. We need to realize the destructiveness that procrastinating can and will bring into our lives. Then, we need to have the discipline, fortitude, strength, and the heart, to do what we know needs to get done, TODAY! We need to accept the power of delayed-gratification into our life. We need to fight our natural desires and instincts. The natural desire and instinct to take the easy route, to be lazy, to procrastinate. We have to be focused, stay focused, on today. Focused on doing what needs to get done, today. Focused on being who we need to be, today.
I am so thankful for today. I am so thankful for God’s patience with me. I am so thankful for the breath to breathe, right now. I am so thankful for the freedom we have within this great country, the United States of America. I am so thankful for a teaching career. So thankful for physical and mental health. I am so thankful for the abilities to run, swim, exercise, read, write, learn, and apply. I am so thankful for a house to live in. I am so thankful for a vehicle to drive. I am so thankful for healthy food to eat. I am so thankful for Colorado Springs. This adventure I have been on over the past year. I am so thankful for the beautiful mountains I get to see each and every day. I am so thankful for my Mom, who is my best friend. I am so thankful for life’s opportunities to fail, learn, succeed, and grow. I am so thankful. There is so much to be thankful for. Wherever you may be within life’s journey at this moment, be thankful. Be open.
I don’t know what tomorrow holds. I can’t change yesterday. I can’t control how others will act. What others may or may not say. I can control myself though. I can take care of my business, today. Take care of what I need to do, today. I can give today, my all. I can take steps in the right direction, today. I can live a positive life, today. I can encourage others, today. Serve others, today. I can be disciplined, today. Relentlessly focused, today. I can be someone to follow, today. Today, I can love. Today, I can be a light. Today, I can lead, set the example, and show others the way. Today is here. I WILL take advantage of today. I WILL embrace today. I WILL be thankful for today.
We all have passion. We all have a fire within. For some, the fire burns fiercely. For others, the fire is but a smolder. Passion is the fire. Passion is the driver of an amazing life. Passion is the force that will sustain you through life’s darkest days. We need passion. We need our fire to burn strong, to burn bright. We need to allow our passion freedom. We need to allow our fire freedom. The freedom to burn. The freedom to burn as it desires. Our fire needs to be fed. Our fire needs to be cared for. We need to allow our fire to impact us, so in turn, we can impact others. What is your life’s passion? What is the fire that burns within you? Who are you? What do you stand for? What do you live for? Fight for? The majority of people cannot answer these questions. The majority of people have no clue. No idea. They don’t know who they are. What their life is all about. The purpose. The meaning. The reason. For most, life is a grind. A daily grind. A burden. There is no fire. No passion. No direction. Life is just life. It is what it is. There is so much beauty within life. There is so much opportunity within life. But you have to be willing to experience the beauty. You have to be willing to see and seize the opportunity. You need to find your passion. You need to spend time alone. Thinking. Searching. Exploring. Dreaming. You need to find your fire. Feed your fire. Allow your fire to burn. Without passion, you will never truly live. Without the light from the fire, you will never truly see. You have purpose within. You have passion within. You have meaning within. You have a fire within. There is so much more to life than just, simply, “living.” Take the time. Put in the work. Be patient. Be willing. Be open. Be willing and open to receive. Your passion awaits discovery. The fire awaits your arrival. It is time. Past time. Step into your destiny. Step into your purpose. Step into your passion. Allow the fire within to engulf your being. Begin to live a life passionately, ON FIRE!
Attack fear. Run towards fear. What scares you? What causes anxiety within your heart? Deep within your soul? What is holding you back from pursuing your dreams? FEAR. Fear cripples. Fear hinders. Fear prevents. Fear controls. Fear destroys. More often than not, fear is just simply a figment within our imagination. Something we believe to be true or real, but in reality, is not. The fear that causes so much distress within our lives, is often something we have made up. Fear has no value, unless you give it value. Fear can do nothing to you, unless you allow it. Fear is certainly a powerful force. Fear is natural. It is even necessary at times, but to allow fear to control you, to allow fear to hinder you, to allow fear to prevent you from becoming the individual you are meant to become, is ABSURD! Fear is powerless apart from people. Fear needs a host. Someone or someones to allow it to grow, mature, and fester. Someone who will allow it to have the power it so desperately craves. How do you overcome fear? How do you overcome anxiety, nervousness, and all that which is holding you back? You ATTACK! You have to attack the fear, the anxiety, the nervousness! You have to go directly at them. Face them, head on! Pursue them! You have to be willing to fail. You have to be willing to succeed. Whatever scares you, whatever creates that fear within you, you have to attack, in order to prove, this fear, these fears, are nothing! They truly have no control or power over you, UNLESS, YOU, allow them! Don’t live a life under the influence and or control of fear. Don’t allow fear to alter your journey. Your destination. To alter the path you are supposed to be walking down, to get to your destination. Face fear. Face your fears. Attack them. Prove their insignificance. Their non-existence. No one can face your fears, destroy the power of your fears, for you. This is your fight. Your battle. You have to choose whether you will serve fear, or make fear serve you! Attack fear. Run towards fear. You WILL win. You WILL breakthrough. You WILL become who you were supposed to become! ATTACK!
I don’t want to waste my life. I don’t want to waste the gifts that have been entrusted to me. This is the fuel that keeps the fire burning within me. I don’t want to waste anything that has been given to me. NOTHING. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I know it is so easy to slack off, so easy to let up, so easy to slip into, give into, laziness. It’s so easy to take this life for granted, so easy to take the gifts we have been entrusted with, for granted. It’s so easy to become complacent, to allow mediocrity to rule our lives. So easy to waste time, gifts, and opportunities. We have to fight! We have to realize what God has given us! The gifts, the talents, the abilities. The breath to breathe today, to live today, to serve today. TODAY is a gift. This life is a GIFT. We must fight the natural pull, the natural tendency to live comfortable. We must fight the natural pull to let our guard down. This life is so very short! There are no promises, no guarantees. We must live relentless. We must take our entrusted gifts and refine them, work on them, use them! Use them to help others. To build others up. Be thankful for what you have. Be thankful for what has been entrusted to you. Live life fully. Put in the work. Change lives!