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.
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.
I will not be held back. I will not be held back. I will not be held back. I will not be held back. I will not be held back by my fear. I will not be held back by the fear of what other’s may think about me. I will not be held back by the fear of the opinions of others. I will not be held back by the fear of what others may say or are saying about me. I will not be held back by the fear of others, AT ALL. I will not be held back by the fear of another individual. EVER. We are ALL equal. We are ALL human. We are All flawed. We All have struggles. We All make mistakes, daily. We All fall short. I will run my race. I will run my race focused on the course before me. I will run my race the best way I know how. Relentlessly. Patiently. Consistently. Humbly. No other person is going to effect my race. I will not allow myself to lose focus. I will not allow myself to become distracted. I will not allow others to distract me. I will run my race with everything I have. I will grab those along the way who have stumbled, fallen, and are hurt. I will bring them along. I will run fearlessly. I don’t care. I will not be held back. I will not quit. I will destroy my fear. I will lead others from the bondage of fear. I control my thoughts. I control my actions. My life, is my choice. Fear will not win.
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.
Step out. Step out into the darkness. Step out into the unknown. Step out into the possibilities. Step out into the beauty. Step out of the comfort. Step out of the complacency. Step out of the laziness. Step out of the crowd. Step out of your pride. Step out of your arrogance. Step out of what you have always known and done. Step out of the fear. Step out of the anxiety. Step out of the lie of perfection. Time is passing us all by. It slows and stops for no one. What are you waiting for? Why are you wasting your time? Your possibilities? Your gifts? Your dreams? Your opportunities? Step up, step out, and step into, your life.
I want to live in a routine. I naturally want to live a life of comfort. Knowing always what is next. My mind wants routine. My mind fights to remain comfortable. The natural mind will do everything in its power to protect you, protect itself. To preserve. The natural mind will lead you astray. The natural mind will lead you to a dead-end. The natural mind will eventually destroy you. You control your mind. You fight your mind. If so, you WILL win.
What do I need, not, what do I want. What do others need, not, what do they want. This is all the difference. You live for needs, not wants. You live a life of delayed-gratification. You put the needs of others ahead of your own, sometimes, not all the time. You learn the art and beauty of self-discipline. You grow, mature, and become better. Doors of opportunity open. You are prepared, ready to walk through these doors, the open doors. You walk through, life unfolds, happenings occur. As it will, as it should. You are stepping into your calling, your destiny, the dreams planted deep within. You are becoming the individual you were created to become.