Inside

I believe all of us have passions deep within our heart.  Deep within our soul.  I believe too often in life, we either neglect our passions by ignoring them, or we simply allow the business of life to drown them out.  I personally have done both.  But as I grow older, experience life more, and continue to mature as a young man, all I really want to do is follow and live out my passions.  Is there more to life than this?  If something excites you, challenges you, fires you up, is that not good?  Is that not what life is about?  Inside of me, the passions that are burning are training and youth.  I love to train.  I love to push myself, test myself, and do what others won’t.  Physical training has been such an integral part of my life for so long, it is who I am and what I love.  The physical training in my life has taken on many forms over the years.  I have even stopped physical training for a four year period, but I always find myself back in the training game eventually.  I have trained for sport, powerlifting, bodybuilding, distance running, and for life. At times, my training has been weights dominant.  At other times, there have been little to no weights.  Again, when I have set aside the weight training, I always find myself coming back to it.  There is something about the iron game that is woven deep into my DNA.  Youth.  The next generation.  There are so many youth in our world, in our country, who are hurting.  Struggling.  Desperate for help, encouragement, and love.  As an educator, I see first hand how messed up our youth are, how messed up their families are, and how easily they are influenced by the world’s negativity.  Our youth are the next leaders.  The next CEO’s, doctors, nurses, business men and women, teachers, coaches, military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and entrepreneurs.  Our youth are in trouble.  They are being led astray.  They need positive role models.  They need real leaders, real examples, real men and women to show them the way.  They need discipline and accountability.  My heart yearns to help.  My heart burns to be a part of raising up the next generation.  Training and youth.  Training has changed my life.  Youth have changed my life.  I want to give back.  I must give back.  I want to use training to teach youth.  To show them the way.  It won’t be for everyone.  I get that.  I’ve seen and experienced that within my own life.  But it can definitely be for some.  And it can definitely alter the destiny of those who buy in.  I am waiting.  Waiting for the door to be opened.  The passion is there.  The fire is burning intensely.  Patience is the answer.  Patience is the process.  It will happen.  The door will open.  Lives will be changed.  I can’t wait.  

Be True

Be true to yourself.  Be true to who you are, who you have become, who you want to be.  Be true to your goals, your dreams, and your passions.  In this social media age, it is far too easy to lose sight of yourself.  We see hundreds, if not thousands of images, videos, and posts each and every day of people’s highlights.  We see all of the good, great, and awesome of who people are and what they are doing.  With all of these highlights, we can easily feel like we are nothing.  Our goals, our dreams, our interests are inferior.  This is not the case.  Remember, no matter who you are, you have issues, I have issues, we ALL have issues, we all have struggles, we all go through difficult times.  Social media is a small glimpse into people’s lives, a lot of the time, this glimpse is fake, or at the minimum, at least altered in some way.  Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in someone else’s life, how great they are, how great their feats are, so on and so forth.  Focus on you.  Block out all the nonsense, all the noise.  Focus on what you need to do today to improve, to get better, to become the best version of yourself.  The world needs your individuality.  The world needs your passion.  Live your life.  Live your goals, dreams, and passions.  Fully.  Boldly.  Aggressively.  Be you.  Be a leader.  An example.  Be someone to follow, today and always.  Be true to yourself.  Be true to the man you were created to be.  Stand strong, and always remember, pride goes before the fall. 

They Don’t Understand

It’s ok if they don’t understand.  It’s understandable.  Understandable that they don’t get it.  They don’t grasp it.  They can’t wrap their mind around it.  You are walking down a different path.  You are walking down the less-traveled path.  The difficult path.  You have been created and called to live a different life.  You have chosen to live this life.  Each day, you continue to choose this life.  This is who you are.  This is who you want to be.  You can walk away from this life at any time.  You can quit.  You can choose to live another life, someone else’s life.  You can choose another path.  But you know deep within your soul, you can’t, you won’t, and you honestly don’t want to.  This less-traveled path you are walking down, the difficult path you have chosen to take, it drives you.  It burns within you.  It separates you.  It gives you meaning.  Purpose.  Focus.  Although at times this life is lonely, and at times exhausting, it is worth it.  It will be worth it.  Eventually, people will see.  People will be encouraged.  People will follow.  Eventually, your time will come to an end.  You will pass the baton to another.  The example you have set, will continue.   Today, you continue on.  Quietly, humbly, aggressively.  Your light is shining brightly.  

Chop The Tree

The axe is clean.  The axe has been sharpened.  It is ready for use.  I take my axe, and set out to find the largest tree.  No one is around.  The sky is clear, pure blue.  The sun shines brightly, the heat is intense.  I stand shirtless, axe in hand, focused on the task before me.  It is time.  I begin to chop.  One chop at a time.  This will be a very long process.  Once chop at a time.  One chop at a time.  I get into a rhythm.  One chop at a time.  One chop at a time.  Eventually, my axe will prevail.  I will prevail.  Patience, endurance, and strength are of utmost.  Keep chopping.  Keep chopping.  The tree will fall.  Keep chopping.

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!

Fake

There are a lot of fake people in this world.  Fake in what they say, fake in what they do, and fake in how they portray themselves.  It’s pathetic.  People are trying to be something or someone in order to gain some kind of recognition.  In order to gain some sort of financial backing.  In order to gain some passing glory.  People mask themselves behind whatever they think may provide the gain that they are looking for.  People will do whatever it takes in order to elevate themselves above everyone else, even if it means they have to become fake to do so.  The gain in this life is all temporal.  Remember that.  Whatever gain you accrue in this life, eventually, it will all be left behind.  Our time on this earth is but for a short period.  Are you really going to spend your time being fake, in order to gain that which is temporary?  Are you really going to waste your energy, efforts, and gifts on being fake?  People need to wake up.  People need to realize they can get away with being fake for a time, but in the end, when you live a lie, the truth emerges.  Quit being fake.  Quit trying to put on a front.  Quit wasting time.  Quit wasting your life.  Quit following the crowd.  Get over yourself.  Step out from behind the mask.  Step out from the shadows.  Step into the light.  Be the individual you know you should be.  Be the man.  Be the woman.  Be the person that is about others, and not yourself.  Be real.  Be genuine.  Be strong.  Be bold.  Live your life, not someone else’s.  

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.