Small Bites

I am learning in life, it is not always about trying to accomplish as much as possible each day, but it is really key to work towards accomplishing little things each day, moving in the direction of completing larger tasks or goals.  Too often in life, I have found myself trying to take on too much all at once.  I then get frustrated because I try to do too much all in one shot.  This also leads me to procrastination and burn-out.  Instead of attempting to eat the elephant in one sitting, which by the way, WON’T HAPPEN, I am learning to take small bites over an extended period of time.  The result?  The elephant eventually gets eaten.  The task eventually gets accomplished.  The goal eventually is attained.  I avoid procrastination along with burn-out.  I get to enjoy the process in which I am endeavoring.  I am more apt to learn along the way, and keep my health as well.  It is important for me to stay focused on what I need to do.  NOT, what everyone else is doing or not doing.  It just doesn’t matter at the end of the day.  It is also important for me to stay in my lane, to run my own race at MY pace.  The world will always try to push, persuade, and pressure us into a certain direction.  People will always want us to do things their way, or, try to convince us to do it differently.  To do more.  To be more.  To move faster.  No thanks.  I know who I am.  I know what I need to do.  I now who I want to become.  I know my strengths, I am learning my weaknesses.  I know what pace I need to maintain in my life in order to accomplish what I want to accomplish.  I am learning all of this.  Learning as I go, learning as I live.  It’s fun.  It’s exciting.  I am thankful!

Don’t Quit

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!

Given to Give

This life is not about you.  This life is not about me.  This life is about others.  Life is about helping others.  Life is about building others up.  Life is about listening to others.  Life is about loving others.  Life is about giving to others, what you have been given.  Each of us have been given specific gifts, talents, and abilities.  Each of us are beautifully different.  We all have a uniqueness that adds to the color of life.  We all have something to add to this world.  We all have value to add to this life.  We have been given to give!  In order for us to give what we have been given, we need to know who we are, we need to know what we have been given, to give.  Take the time to self-examine, self-reflect.  SLOW DOWN.  Take a step back.  Who are you?  What is your identity?  What is your life foundation?  What fire burns within you?  What excites you?  Where are you going?  In order to help others, you first have to help yourself.  In order to understand others, you have to understand yourself.  In order to give to others, you have to know and accept what has been given to you.

Simplicity

This world is complex.  With the explosion of technology, the world seems to be getting more and more complex as each day passes.  The world continues to move faster and faster.  People continue to move faster.  People continue to want more and gain more, as the pressure to keep up continues to heighten.  Most of us are trained, conditioned, from a very young age to keep up with those around us, or else, we will get lost and eventually fall behind.  We will fail.  Most of us are conditioned to perform.  Conditioned to perform to a certain level or expectation at home, at school, within athletics, within our relationships.  We are pressured to live our lives in a certain way in order to gain acceptance.  In order to gain reward.  In order to gain recognition.  In order to gain applause.  In order to gain advancement.  The complexity and pressure continue to build the older we get.  The world aggressively entices us to walk in a certain direction, aggressively pulls us to live our life in a specific way.  Those around us strongly influence us toward a specific direction, urge us often, to follow them in living a specific way.  The complexity builds.  The pressure builds.  We move faster, faster, faster.  We are EXPECTED to live faster, faster, and faster.  We have to keep up.  We have to live our life a certain way in order to be accepted.  We can’t slow down.  We can’t waver.  We can’t let up.  We can’t take a break.  We will lose everything if we do.  We will be left out, left behind.  We have to get more, gain more, do more, be more, MOVE FASTER.  FASTER. FASTER.  I REJECT this.  I reject this mentality.  This way of living life.  I have rejected, and will continue to reject this mentality.  I refuse to conform to complexity.  I refuse to conform to the world’s way.  I refuse to conform to somebody else’s way.  I refuse to live my life fast.  I refuse to try to keep up with others, with the world, in order to gain temporal rewards.  I refuse to lose myself in the complexity and pressure.  I refuse to live my life through the opinions of others.  I have to admit, I have succumbed to the world in the past.  I have succumbed to others in the past.  I will NOT, allow this to happen again.  I do not have to live my life the way the world wants me to live.  I do not have to live my life the way someone else wants me to live.  I don’t have to be forced to do what I don’t want to do, forced to be someone I am not.  I will not live my life in complexity.  I will not live my life through external pressures.  I am a man of simplicity.  I don’t want a lot, nor do I need a lot.  I have no desire to gain more.  No desire to play the games others play in order to keep up, in order to measure up.  I am who I am.  I know who I am.  I am learning who I am.  Embracing who I am.  I will express who I am.  I am an individual.  I will live how I want to live.  On my terms, not your terms, nor the world’s terms.  I am going to live simple.  I am going to embrace simplicity.  I am going to embrace what God has given me to give.  I will take my time.  I will live at my pace.  I will live my life one day at a time.  I will lead.  I will be an example.  A positive influence.  I will be someone to follow.  I will show others, inspire others, to live life full, to live the life they are to live.  I will serve others.  Love others.  I will be relentless.  Consistent.  Patient.  Simplicity over complexity.  I will fail.  I will fall.  But I will continue.  I will continue to learn.  Grow. Explore.  Expand.  Mature. Teach.  I am ready.  I am moving forward.  I am walking down a different path, my path.  It’s beautiful.  It’s difficult.  It’s exciting.  It is exactly where I am supposed to be.

Functional Thought

How do you think?  What do you allow into your thought process?  Where do you allow your mind to go?  What thoughts are you allowing to control your actions?  Your life?  Thought is powerful.  The mind is powerful.  Words are powerful.  We are what we think.  We become what we think.  We view others through the lenses of our thoughts.  We view the world, through the lenses of how we think, what we allow to congregate within our minds.  The way we live our lives, is a direct reflection of the way in which we think.  How we act, behave, respond, are all the fruit of the labor within our thoughts.  Many people, the majority of people, are enslaved to the wrong thoughts.  They are enslaved to negative thoughts.  Non-functional thoughts.  The majority of people, have no discipline of mind.  No understanding of the power of their thinking, the power of their thoughts.  People are negative, because they think negative.  People live defeated, because their thoughts are defeated.  People act out, because they have a mind that has become poisoned, it is toxic.  I have discovered within my 31 years, the necessity of functional thought, functional thinking.  Functional thought, is simply, thinking in such a way in which I only allow productive, useful, valuable thoughts to remain within my life.  These thoughts will help me become who I want to become, the person I was created to become.  I have full control over my mind, my thoughts, and the way I think.  I, and I alone, dictate the thoughts within my mind.  Functional thought, is a lifestyle, a way of life, a way of thinking, a way to set yourself up for self-success.  Functional thought is setting your mind in the right direction, and then, having the discipline, the fortitude, to move your mind each day, in that set direction.  Functional thought produces results.  It will ALWAYS produce results.  It creates a pathway for intentional thinking.  It allows one to efficiently, and effectively, pursue their best version of self.  Today is an opportunity to change your mind.  To change your thinking, to change your thought process.  Today is an opportunity to make a u-turn.  Be open.  Be willing.  Step into the unknown, step into the uncomfortable, take control of your mind, your actions, your life.  Become functional.  Think functional.  Live functional.  Here we go!

The Fight Against Self

I have to make a conscious effort every day to take my mind and body where it doesn’t want to go.  In order to learn, to grow, to mature, and expand, I have to force myself to do what I naturally, don’t want to do.  I have to force myself to fight against myself.  I have to push myself beyond myself.  It’s some crazy stuff when you really think about!  But, it is truth.  This is the reality for those of us who want to be excellent.  For those of us who want greatness, who abhor mediocrity.  Our natural mind and body lust for comfort, ease, and the path of least resistance.  If we allowed our natural mind to dictate our days, we would never reach full potential, our full potential.  We would find ourselves merely living lives of mediocrity.  Comfort.  Death.  The brain has to be controlled.  It has to be trained, re-wired, disciplined.  We have to choose consciously, every day, to master our brain.  To take our brain where we want it to go, NOT, allowing the brain to go where it wants to go.  The body always will follow the brain.  We must dictate our brain.  We have to drive our brain, in order to drive our body.  It is a battle.  A struggle.  A daily fight.  To constantly resist the natural, to constantly be in war with yourself, your own thoughts, feelings, and natural instincts.  This life of war against self can be exhausting.  It can be overwhelming at times.  But to attain excellence, to attain greatness, and to reach our full potential, the life of warring against self, is simply, the price for admission.  We have to realize satisfaction comes through the struggle, through the fight, through the discipline.  Satisfaction, self-satisfaction, is attained through the hard.  Doing the hard things.  Going through the process of re-training our brain and body, to pursue discomfort over comfort.