The Man in the Arena

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.  You have two choices in life.  Choice one: Participate.  Choice two: Spectate.  You can attack life, you can chase after your goals, dreams, and aspirations.  Or, you can sit back and allow life to pass you by.  Allow your goals, dreams, and aspirations to fade, and eventually die out.  I don’t want the latter.  I fear the latter.  I don’t want to be associated with the majority, the normal.  Associated with those who waste their life.  I want to be a man who is constantly in the arena.  Constantly pursuing the difficult, the hard, those things my mind and body resist.  I want to be a man in pursuit of his dreams.  A man who captures his dreams.  A man who fulfills his dreams.  I want to be a man who uses the gifts, talents, and abilities he has been given.  I want to use them to challenge others, strengthen others, and lead others.  I don’t know what tomorrow may bring.  I don’t know what this next week may bring.  I don’t know where I will be in a year from now.  But TODAY, I WILL be a man in the arena.  TODAY, I WILL be a participant in this game called life.  TODAY, I WILL attack my fears, my worries, my anxieties.  I WILL pursue my goals, dreams, and aspirations.  TODAY, I choose to be different.  I choose to enter into the arena.  TODAY,  I choose to be a man, in the arena of life!

Be a Leader, Today

If you want to be a leader, why don’t you lead today?  If you want to be an example, why not be an example, today?  If you want to influence and positively impact others, why not start today?  If you consider yourself a candidate for leadership, to be an example, an influencer type, an impactful person, then you don’t start when you reach a certain status or work your way up to a certain title, you start TODAY!  Being a leader, in fact, starts with YOU!  It starts RIGHT NOW!  If you cannot lead yourself, you will never be able to effectively, impactfully, lead others.  Being a leader, is so much more than a status or title.  It is so much more than being the most knowledgeable or highest educated.  Being a true leader, a real leader, an influencing, impactful, life-changing leader, is to first and foremost be an example.  To be THE example.  A real leader lives a life of leadership.  A real leader leads at all times, when others are around, and when nobody is around.  A real, true leader, understands the importance and power in living a life as THE example, the standard, the model.  People will only listen to, and follow a talker, a hypocrite, a fraud, for a short time.  If a leader does not set the example, is not THE example, doesn’t practice what they preach, people will not allow that person to lead them.  People will eventually, revolt.  Being a leader is a lifestyle.  It is a moment by moment choice.  You choose to lead.  You choose to be a leader.  You choose to be THE example.  Whether others recognize and acknowledge you as a leader, is absolutely insignificant.  If you know you are a leader, then LEAD!  Live the life you know you are supposed to live!  Be who you know and want to be!  Never wait for external forces, external influences, to approve what and who you are to be.  Do what you are to do!  Be who you know you are to be!  Lead yourself today.  Get yourself squared away, today.  Be someone to follow, today.  Live the life of a leader, today.  Be THE example, the standard, today.  Be faithful in the little, TODAY!  Be the person you want others to be, TODAY!  Being a leader starts with you, it starts today, it starts, RIGHT NOW!  LEAD!

The Fire Within

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!