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.
The Peaceful Warrior shares his journey from wrestling to MMA
Listen. Learn. Love. Live. This life is meant to be lived. Fully. Passionately. Extremely. We only have one opportunity, one shot at this life. In order to live a full life, one must embrace the need to listen. Learning to listen, knowing how to listen, is the key that unlocks the door to a full, passionate, and extreme life that is worth living. When you listen, you provide yourself with the opportunity to learn. When you learn, when you begin to learn, and continue to learn, you understand, love, is the greatest lesson. Love is the greatest gain. Love is the greatest gift one can give, and receive. Love never fails. You listen. You learn. You begin to love. You truly, begin to live. Fully. Passionately. Extremely, a life worth living.
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.
Professional obstacle course racer Isaiah Vidal shares how God has been so gracious and merciful to him!
There are so many hurting kids in this world. So many kids who are crying out for help. Crying out for love. Crying out for a listening ear. There are so many kids in this world who are Fatherless, orphaned, hopeless, desperate, and lost. There are so many kids who are just simply, confused. Trying to grab a hold of their place, their purpose, their meaning within this life. We live in a country, here in the United States, where kids are worshiped, and yet, at the same time, so many of our youth are left for dead. There is such a dichotomy. We strongly support, with our words at least, education, protection, and health for our kids. But what about our actions? What are we actually doing for our kids? For our youth? Is it truly helping them? We think we know, but do we? What about the neighbor kids? What about the other kids at your son or daughter’s school? What about the kids on the American Indian Reservations? What about the youth in America’s inner-city? The kids held captive within the sex-trade industry? The kids in the hands of the government? The kids who are literally starving to death at this very moment, around the world, in Africa, India, Russia, and in the apartment next to yours? Many of us are blind. We have become blind. We can only see our selves. Our needs, our wants, our comforts, our kids, our families. We are blind to reality. The reality that this life is not all about us getting ours. We are blind to the reality of the pain and hurt of others, of those around us. We are blind to the kids, the youth, who are crying out for help. My heart continues to burn to be one who is reaching out to help. My conscious continues to poke and prod. My soul continues to scream, “WAKE UP!” “LOOK AROUND!” There are so many kids hurting. Helpless. Hopeless. Wandering. I cannot ignore their plight, nor do I want to, or try to. It is indeed time for us all to WAKE UP! It is past time, for us all to open up our eyes. To stop talking, and start doing! It is time to realize this life is not just about you, your kids, your family, but this life is about service to others. Reaching out to others and loving others. It is time we humble ourselves, let go of ourselves, and begin to lead our next generations out of the pit of despair and into the light of hope. Today is the day we begin to help, teach, lead, mentor, and inspire the kids, the youth, of the nations.