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.  

Inside

This is what is inside of me right now.  Deep within.  Deep within my soul, my spirit, my inner man.  It’s brewing.  It’s burning.  It’s been brewing.  It’s been burning.  I can’t ignore it.  I don’t want to ignore it.  I know it is who I am.  I know it is what I am.  I know this is how I am to live my life.  I know this is the path I am to take.  I have to wait patiently.  I have to wait for the right time.  I have to allow life to unfold.  The burning inside of me is to live as lowly, simply, and minimally as possible.  To physically train as a man possessed.  And finally, to help in whatever capacity possible, hurting, Fatherless youth.  This is it.  This is what is inside of me.  The fire burning so intensely.

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.

You Don’t Know

You don’t know, if you don’t try.  You will never know, if you never attempt.  Allow yourself to try.  Allow yourself to attempt.  Allow yourself to fail.  Allow yourself to succeed.  Allow yourself to learn.  Allow yourself to grow, mature, and become better.  Allow yourself to be vulnerable.  Real.  Raw.  Authentic.  What burns inside of you?  What excites you?  What consumes your thoughts?  I challenge you, I encourage you, to run toward your fire.  To run toward your passion.  You and I, we literally have nothing to lose, even if we have everything to lose.  Life is all temporary.  We  get one shot.  One opportunity.  That’s it.  Why not live this opportunity fully?  Fearlessly?  Boldly?  Aggressively?  Live the life that is burning inside of you!

Self-Control

Self-control.  The mastery over one’s spirit.  The mastery over one’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions.  Self-control demonstrates strength.  Maturity.  Humility.  Power.  Self-control delays impulse.  Delays instant gratification.  Delays natural instinct.  Self-control is learned.  It must be practiced.  It takes patience.  Endurance.  Discipline.  Focus.  Willingness.  Few understand the value of self-control.  Few understand the importance of self-control.  Few are willing to humble themselves long enough to embrace their need for self-control.  Few have what it takes to let go of themselves in order to benefit the greater good.  Self-control isn’t about you.  It’s about others.  It’s about you being in control of yourself, so that you don’t hurt another individual, so that you can positively impact those around you.  Self-control is beautiful.  It is a man’s display of mastery over self.  When all Hell is breaking loose, when everything is falling apart, when the chaos is unfolding, those who have accepted, embraced, and learned self-control will rise above the mess.  They will lead others from the ashes.  They will impact lives now, and throughout history.

Keep Smiling

Keep smiling.  Just.  Keep.  Smiling.  There are no perfect days.  No day goes exactly as planned.  Things happen.  Stuff happens.  Life happens.  This is fact.  Truth.  Reality.  People are crazy.  Rude.  Inconsiderate.  Inconsistent.  Angry.  Lazy.  Complacent.  Comfortable.  You and I can’t change people.  Not one person.  We can’t change certain things, certain situations.  Again, fact.  Truth.  Reality.  We CAN control our smile though.  No matter what, we can smile.  No matter what circumstance or situation we find ourselves in, we can smile.  No matter what others may say or do, we can smile.  A smile is powerful.  Contagious.  Infectious.  A smile can impact people.  A smile can not only impact you, but those around you as well.  A smile can change your attitude, and the attitude of others.  A smile speaks loudly, clearly, effectively, without a word.  Smile.  Keep smiling.  Smile often.  Smile in the good times, smile through the bad times.  Be a leader, NO MATTER WHAT.