Inside

I believe all of us have passions deep within our heart.  Deep within our soul.  I believe too often in life, we either neglect our passions by ignoring them, or we simply allow the business of life to drown them out.  I personally have done both.  But as I grow older, experience life more, and continue to mature as a young man, all I really want to do is follow and live out my passions.  Is there more to life than this?  If something excites you, challenges you, fires you up, is that not good?  Is that not what life is about?  Inside of me, the passions that are burning are training and youth.  I love to train.  I love to push myself, test myself, and do what others won’t.  Physical training has been such an integral part of my life for so long, it is who I am and what I love.  The physical training in my life has taken on many forms over the years.  I have even stopped physical training for a four year period, but I always find myself back in the training game eventually.  I have trained for sport, powerlifting, bodybuilding, distance running, and for life. At times, my training has been weights dominant.  At other times, there have been little to no weights.  Again, when I have set aside the weight training, I always find myself coming back to it.  There is something about the iron game that is woven deep into my DNA.  Youth.  The next generation.  There are so many youth in our world, in our country, who are hurting.  Struggling.  Desperate for help, encouragement, and love.  As an educator, I see first hand how messed up our youth are, how messed up their families are, and how easily they are influenced by the world’s negativity.  Our youth are the next leaders.  The next CEO’s, doctors, nurses, business men and women, teachers, coaches, military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and entrepreneurs.  Our youth are in trouble.  They are being led astray.  They need positive role models.  They need real leaders, real examples, real men and women to show them the way.  They need discipline and accountability.  My heart yearns to help.  My heart burns to be a part of raising up the next generation.  Training and youth.  Training has changed my life.  Youth have changed my life.  I want to give back.  I must give back.  I want to use training to teach youth.  To show them the way.  It won’t be for everyone.  I get that.  I’ve seen and experienced that within my own life.  But it can definitely be for some.  And it can definitely alter the destiny of those who buy in.  I am waiting.  Waiting for the door to be opened.  The passion is there.  The fire is burning intensely.  Patience is the answer.  Patience is the process.  It will happen.  The door will open.  Lives will be changed.  I can’t wait.  

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.

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.  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.

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!