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Just Take A Step

We teach ourselves a very important lesson as babies without even realizing it.  We crawl until we learn to walk.  We walk until we learn to run.  We run until we learn to sprint.  Regardless of how ugly our first steps may have been, without them we would never learn to walk, run or sprint.   I  know that once set my sights on something, that's it.  It doesn't matter how long it takes, I … Continue reading Just Take A Step

Fear Is Real

The old cliche that "fear is not real" has never sat well with me because I couldn't disagree more.  Fear is very real and it's everywhere.  It can accompany a lot of the obstacles that we face throughout our lives and make overcoming those obstacles that much more challenging.  Fear can bring even the strongest people to their knees but can also be molded into a powerful tool if we decide to face it head … Continue reading Fear Is Real

I don’t want to fit in.

I spent the better portion of my teenage years like so many others trying to fit in with the crowd.  I chased the newest trends and as they changed, so did I.  I wanted approval from my peers and I wanted to be right in the middle of the crowd.  Now I want the exact opposite.  What changed?  I realized the value in being unique. I realized that I don't want to fit in.  I … Continue reading I don’t want to fit in.

The Fourth Principle: Willpower to Change

TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. Motivate.  Inspire.  Grow.  Willpower to change   As rational human beings we can easily become intimidated by the thought of change.  We become comfortable with what we know and that often leads to complacency in the continuation of what comes easy to us.  For most of us, the thought of taking risks to explore anything new can be challenging and anxiety producing.  That is where the fourth principle of TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. takes over; … Continue reading The Fourth Principle: Willpower to Change

The Third Principle: Obstacles vs. Opportunities

TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. Motivate.  Inspire.  Grow.  Obstacles Vs. Opportunities   The third principle of TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. requires a willingness to embrace a new perspective on the value that obstacles and opportunities can bring to our lives.  Instead of viewing these two core principles as polar opposite, TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. integrates them both together for maximum effect.   Instinctually, we view obstacles as negative challenges instead of building blocks to a stronger version of ourselves.  The only difference … Continue reading The Third Principle: Obstacles vs. Opportunities

It’s Easy to Blame Others

Motivate. Inspire. Grow. It is easy to cast blame when things don't go our way.  We blame everything around us when we are not in the position we want to be in throughout life.  Especially those of us in my generation who have embraced this mentality that if we fall, it must be because someone else tripped us.  We struggle to accept the true value that self-accountability can bring to our lives. I myself, lived … Continue reading It’s Easy to Blame Others

A lot of people go to school for seven years…

Motivate. Inspire. Grow. One of my favorite movie quotes of all time is from the movie Tommy Boy.  Chris Farley, "Tommy", barely skates through his final exam and graduates college and when David Spade "Richard" picks him up from the airport Tommy says, "A lot of people go to school for seven years" with Richard replying "Yea, they're called doctors!" Maybe this quote is just that funny or maybe I like it because it hits close … Continue reading A lot of people go to school for seven years…

The First Principle of TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H.

Motivate. Inspire. Grow. TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. G. Good People: The first step towards development and growth comes with the understanding that life is the ultimate team sport. Surround yourself with good people and the opportunities are endless. As we create aspirations for our future, we must identify those who will help keep us on our path. As strong as we believe we are as individuals, we are exponentially stronger together. Whether we are running a business, … Continue reading The First Principle of TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H.

Ask yourself…”why”?

Chasing accomplishments is a never ending journey if we fail to realize why we started on that journey in the first place.  The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to realize the truth in this.  We establish our resolutions and often fail to realize why they are important to us.  We set out for higher paying jobs, better relationships, healthier lifestyles and bigger houses - but why? Why do we want the … Continue reading Ask yourself…”why”?

Spotlight or shadow?

Life is about challenging ourselves today in a way we never thought possible yesterday. It's about setting goals that scare us.  Some people are ok with minor improvements throughout their lives and honestly, there is nothing wrong with that. Some people are more comfortable living in the shadows and blending in with the crowd - but that's not me. Put me smack in the middle of the spotlight.  My flaws and all. Put the pressure … Continue reading Spotlight or shadow?

Bend don’t break…

It sucks that life doesn't always go our way.  It also sucks that as soon as we take life in stride, obstacles suddenly appear to slow us down.  But maybe they aren't there to slow us down but rather to make sure we don't become complacent.  To ensure that we don't take life for granted and we don't lose sight of where we were headed.  To remind us of how strong we actually are and … Continue reading Bend don’t break…

What sets your soul on fire?

Take a moment and ask yourself; what is it in your life that you are beyond passionate about?  It's not an easy question to answer, and if it is, you likely answered it wrong.  I am not talking about what makes you happy, like going to the gym, or your job, but I mean the true reason you wake up every day.  What is it that lights that fuse every morning for you to leave … Continue reading What sets your soul on fire?

Patience is a Virtue

As a kid, I hated hearing my father say, “Patience is a virtue.” It was his way of saying good things come with time.  Patience is what helps us understand that true value lies in the process we take to bring our aspirations within reach.  Patience provides us with the ability to trust the steps we take will lead us to where we want to go.   But that takes time, and as a society, … Continue reading Patience is a Virtue

Puzzles Suck

Kelsey Rose loves building puzzles but they scare the shit out of me.  Puzzles have no method.  It's just pure chaos.  There are no instructions.  You just dump all of the pieces onto the table and begin picking up random ones until you find what you are looking for.  Trial and error is the only way, literally flipping one piece at a time.   The final picture of what the puzzle will look like is … Continue reading Puzzles Suck

The 3% Rule

One of the most recent questions I received from one of my followers was, “How do you have time to write so much with everything else you have going on in your life?”    My answer was pretty simple. “If you are passionate enough about something, you’ll make the time.”  However, the time doesn’t need to be anything extreme to start.  If you are struggling to find more time to spend on what makes you … Continue reading The 3% Rule

Be Ambitious

When I left for the military, I was afraid of two outcomes.  The first fear was the most familiar to me, the fear of what life would be like if I failed.  I remember wondering, what happens if I hate being a soldier and it's not what I thought it would be?  Leading up to the day I left for the Army, I had nothing to show for myself.  I had failed at nearly everything … Continue reading Be Ambitious

Ball and Chain

TRUE G.R.O.W.T.H. challenges us to do what is necessary for our personal growth and development, even when it’s the most difficult.  It requires us to face the things in life that present the biggest challenges instead of pushing them aside to deal with later.  Whether those challenges exist in the past, present or future; we must be willing to acknowledge their existence to prevent them from being our ball and chain.  We either acknowledge them … Continue reading Ball and Chain

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