The Right Time

When is the right time? Is it ever? Is it ever not?

How do you stop the thoughts, you don’t, you channel them.

It’s freeing. You should try it. It will release you. It will make you stronger. Vulnerability is such a drug.

Being vulnerable takes more courage than any other emotion in life. It is not you against the world, that’s a depressing notion of hopelessness, excuses, and pity. Get that cancerous energy out of your mind. It is you against you. You determine the pace, you determine the actions, you determine your attitude.

Are you ready for change? Are you ready for integrity, freedom, and happiness? Are you ready for growth? I am. Ill lead me, you lead you. Maybe we cross paths, maybe we dont. Either way, Ill become a better me.

Lead, follow, learn just get your negativity out of my way.

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Time to Think…

Been a little while since I have posted… quality over quantity.

I do not break down, I do not quit, I do not loose.

I broke down, quit, and lost.

It happens. How you change, grow, and take on the next challenge is what makes the difference. Not the plaque on the wall or medal around your neck.

Stop checking the boxes and start smashing them.

I have always said I am the minority, I am the 1%. Sometimes it is a little harder to swim up stream than to float down the river with the rest of them, but the payoff is definitely worth every once of energy and fight.

What’s Your Passion?

This could easily be a 2000 word manifesto on what drives us and how we identify our “passion.” In all aspects of life, it seems to be one of those buzz words… “Just follow your passion,” but really how do we know. What is MY passion?

I am a firm believer that our passions vary based on our many roles. I guarantee your professional passion is a bit different from what you consider it as a parent, partner, and friend.

So how do we know… what is it that motivates us, fills us up?

I don’t have the golden ticket, but Simon Sinek of “Start With Why” is damn close.

Early this week he posted a blog just one sentence long: “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.

In the words of my hilarious friend; #boom

Ask yourself, are you stressed or in love?

#14 – #greatdaythursday

Life is what you make it. 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Sounds like another fluffy, flowery, purple ponies, and dancing unicorns coffee shop tag line right? Oh, you are absolutely right, but embracing this optimistic outlook is a simple secret to success, not just a “feel good” Hallmark card. So what, tell me how?

I am fortunate enough to have a #greatdaythursday inspiration that keeps me in check and focused on the good rather than allowing me to become wrapped in the negative energy that can so easily cloud  my mind. Thursday started like a normal workday, CrossFit, coffee, meetings… pretty good. By 9am #greatdaythursday was upon us, declared by an inspirational friend like a proclamation to a group of rebels ready to charge the capital, adorned in flowers atop their purple ponies and dancing unicorns of course.

Believing and seeing your life through a lens of optimism truly is the first step to success. Thursday was packed full of meetings, decisions, continuously changing plans, and many potential stressful situations. However, Thursday was my best day of the week all because of a 3 word hashtag I happened to overhear.  Rather be a “negative nelly”? Go for it. Just keep your manic depression, anxiety, epic sense of disappointment and disapproval to yourself.  It’s your decision,  gloom and doom, or a purple pony party and dancing with unicorns… I am off to learn the cha cha with sparkle the unicorn.

#greatdayeveryday

Lesson 13: Failure = Victory

As I am sitting in my living room watching the Florida Gators “upset” the South Carolina Gamecocks I cant stop thinking about failure. The Gators have had a horrible football season this year. Riddled with injuries, inexperienced players, and a young coaching staff, Florida has lost 4 in a row, including a loss to Vandy. If you follow college football at all, you would agree that if there was one word to describe Florida’s season it would be “failure”.

But something wild is happening… Florida is up 14-6 over South Carolina. With the fourth loss in a row coming to Vandy during homecoming weekend, Florida fans, the media, and everyone else had given up on the Gators. It was that moment when the Gators regained their confidence. They walked into Columbia tonight with no expectations, nothing but the love of the game on their shoulders. and that is exactly what is driving them to victory this evening.

When failure becomes our reality we are empowered to work, love, live, play without fear of criticism. The next time you walk into a meeting or start a project with the weight of fear on your shoulders trade it for failure. After all, who doesn’t like to see the underdog win? So drop the expectations, play for the love of the game, and start realizing true victory lies in the embrace of failure.