I will be positive today. I will bring positivity wherever I go. I will put positive, into the world, today. I do not and will not allow negativity into my life. Negative is poison. Negativity rots. Corrodes. Destroys. Eventually, Kills. I have no time for negative. The world is full of negative. Full of negative people, negative situations, and negative media. The world as a whole, is negative. AWESOME! I get to bring the positive! I get to be a light. I get to do it different. Be different. Talk different. Live different. I get to be a positive role model. A positive leader. A positive example. What a privilege. What an honor. What an opportunity! I am so thankful I get to choose who I am today. I get to choose how I act today. How I behave. How I respond. It’s on me! NO ONE ELSE! Today, I will choose, to put positive first.
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.
I get to write my story. You get to write your story. What an amazing opportunity! What an amazing gift! Each day that we get the opportunity to live and breathe on this earth, is an opportunity for us to become who we want to become. We get to choose the narrative of our story. We get to live the story we want to live. We get to choose who we are, and who we will become. We have been given the gift of choice. The gift of free-will. We have been given the great responsibility to be the author of our own book, our own story. No one can force you to write. No one can write your story for you. There is not another author for YOUR story. Your story, is YOUR story. You are the author. You decide how your story will unfold. You decide the content contained within your story.
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.
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!
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!