Are you Dying or are you Living?

The meaning of death is to no longer experience life or for something to come to an end (ie. The road leads to a dead end or you are working in a dead end job). 

At heart I am a natural competitor. I have always wanted to win at everything I have done whether it be in sports, education, career advancement etc. To this day I am the same way however I have channeled it differently, I now compete against myself. I am my biggest opponent, I face myself everyday in the mirror and I compete everyday to beat the man in the mirror. 

In my career I have made some advances to put myself in a better position to be successful. Starting a new job or career can be stressful and scary for some people but for me I thrive in the face of adversity I love a challenge. Being challenged keeps me “alive” while most people are staying in their comfort zone “dying”. That’s right its called paralysis by analysis. The term refers to over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation, so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. A decision can be treated as over-complicated, with too many detailed options, so that a choice is never made, rather than try something and change if a major problem arises. A person might be seeking the optimal or "perfect" solution upfront, and fear making any decision which could lead to erroneous results, when on the way to a better solution.

Some people are content where they are in life but there are some people who are not and want to make a change but are scared therefore they “die”. They died because their dream or vision has come to an end or deceased. People become paralyzed in their own ways and never taking a chance and therefore stay stuck in one place dying each passing day because they fear change.

“When your dreams die so do you, live your dream and then you will experience life.”


The Greatest Battle

“The Greatest battle is not physical but psychological. The demons telling us to give up when we push ourselves to the limit can never be silenced for good. They must always be answered by the quiet, the steady dignity that simply refuses to give in. Courage. We all suffer. Keep going. ” ~Graeme Fife

One thing that I been wanting to write about is about the Greatest Battle, and that is the ultimate battle that you are always going to fight even when you are at peace you will be fighting it. That is against yourself. Why? because when you set out to pursue you goal, sometimes it’s not the people that will hold you back. Sometimes it will be you that will hold yourself back. This is very important because this can happen to anyone and its ok, there is nothing to be ashamed of because it has happened to the best. The important thing you can do is keep in mind that you did not quit. Although you may not have been ready for such responsibility at that point, you can always move forward and continue on. You may be moving slowly but surely. So let’s say next time that you are competing against someone else keep in mind that it’s not just that person that you are competing against, because take a good look in the mirror and that person that you see is the one that you are really competing against.

Be Yourself

“To be yourself, in a world that tries, night and day, to make you just like everybody else…is to fight the greatest battle there ever is to fight, and never stop fighting.” ~E.E. Cummings.

This is another point I want to bring up because it is relevant to the greatest battle and one of the most important parts of knowing yourself. Be sure to be yourself, do not settle for less just because people don’t like who you are, believe me there a tons of people in this world with different mind sets and different mentalities, you don’t have to be someone else just so that people can like you. There are also times when people will want to change your belief system because it does not match theirs and its ok, if you know your own self and belief system, there is no need to go changing, you keep believing in what you want. So stand firm and continue on with your head held high.

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"In our quest to experience the more seductive and exciting “highs,” we have lost sight of the fact that most of life, indeed a vast majority of it, is made up of small things and moments, one right after the other."

It was the quote above that made me sit down and realize I have so much to be grateful for and so do you.

There is a little bit of beauty in everything we see however you will only see it if you are in the right mindset. Instead of focusing on how much Mondays stink focus on how blessed you are to see another Monday or how great the weather is or your one more day closer to the weekend. Our minds are powerful and how we think is displayed through our actions and behaviors. 

In the perfect world I love to have a million dollars (I am sure we all would) however I don’t and at times I get frustrated about my finances but on the flip side all my bills are paid, I have a roof over my head, clean clothes on my back and food on the table. To me that is pretty darn good and there should not be much to complain about at all. 

I am not saying to walk around like everything is perfect and always have a big smile on your face but I am saying try to see the brighter side of your situation. Appreciate the little things because when you look back on your life you will remember the little things that made a difference.

The key to living a happy life is to live a series of happy days.

Devon Rembert

The term hunger in this post will not only relate to food but the term will also relate to the drive inside of you.

Hunger is the following: 
• A compelling need or desire
• The painful sensation or state of weakness caused by the need of
• A shortage of 

Overall I feel as though I am in a good place in my life however to get to where I am I had to be hungry. To compete on a college track and field team, to graduate with multiple degrees, to find a career and excel I must have been hungry to complete and achieve all my goals. 

If you are not hungry trust me someone else out there is and when you come face to face with this individual he/she is going to eat and you will starve. Whatever it is you currently do or want to do in the future you have to just do it, create the drive inside and go after whatever it is you want.

Your challenge this week is get an appetite, become hungry! I want you to find that drive inside and get after it!

Thank you 

This past weekend my mind was racing with so many different thoughts, emotions and feelings and like in a basketball game when a team goes on a big run the opposing team calls a “time out”.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives whether it is work, children, school or life! In the past I did not know how to deal with these issues, I used to get frustrated or shut down emotionally. However I have learned other techniques to help me during stressful times in my life. The one technique I use is a “time out”. When a coach calls a time out in a game it is to gather the team, calm everyone down, create a plan to implement and collect ideas. The same goes for you when you start to feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. During the time out I find a peaceful place where I can think logically about whatever the issue is. I think about ways I can solve my issue, look for resources I could use to help me, analyze my current situation and regroup. 

Your challenge this week will be to take a “time out” when you feel overwhelmed regroup, gather your thoughts and create a plan. I hope you find my technique useful.

Thank you for reading.