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July 31, 2017

#MondayMotivation

A World Apart

I know where you live. It is a place which is heard but not seen, impartial but not fair, and right in front of everyone, but always behind their backs. It is a place where opinions are formed by insecurity, where facts are skewed by jealousy, achievement is marred by resentment, and all that is good is perceived as a threat. It is a place masquerading as “knowing better”, but in the background fear of the unknown runs wild, perpetually being covered up by the highly sought after “I told you so’s” and empty bravado.
This dark world is not singular in nature, as it is comprised of an unlimited array of locations, forms, and constructs. It is in comment sections and anonymous responses, chat room threads and locker room walls, tweets, posts, notes, texts, blogs, columns, commentaries, and conversations. It is a world that can consume its inhabitants, just as much as it can consume those whom it is trying to dismantle. And it is a world where the perpetrators generally go unpunished, while the victims are left to quietly shoulder the burden of this trolling society.
This is not my world. This is not where I live. Although your world has caught me a few times, and I have even faltered into some of its practices, you will never consume me. I live in a world enamored by the unattainable, enabled by the struggle, and enthralled with the risk. I live in a place where I am motivated when other people succeed, a motivator when they fail, and both outcomes fuel my passion and create my purpose. The solitary thing our worlds have in common is a chase for something we’ll never catch; I will keep chasing perfection, while you keep chasing me…and quite honestly, I like it that way.
July 24, 2017

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Impressure

They say first impressions are everything, and that you can’t get anywhere in this world if you don’t master the art of the first impression. There are even whole books, articles, and self-help gurus out there solely devoted to helping you sculpt the perfect first impression, just so you can get ahead in the game. But what if they aren’t everything? What if the old adage of first impressions being everything could be debunked with another old adage of you can’t judge a book by its cover? The cover of that book may be an important feature, but in all reality, that book’s legacy can only determined once the final page has been turned.

Think back to how many times you got it wrong. Whether it be misjudging someone you met based on their first impression, or completely falling flat on your face and misrepresenting who you are to someone else. Point being, first impressions are just as important as they are inaccurate. So maybe, just maybe, we can stop focusing ALL of our energy on creating that perfect first impression, and instead, focus on cementing a last impression which is less strategy, and more sacrifice and hard work, exposing who we really are and what we’re all about.

Hype is built on first impressions and talk, but legacy is built on last impressions and action. You will only have a few chances to make first impressions, but you will have a lifetime of chances to leave a last impression. In sports you’re only as good as your last game, in entertainment you’re only as good as your last performance, and in life you’re only as good as your last impression. Stop worrying about your last first impression, start focusing on your next last impression, and build your legacy on substance instead of a sales pitch.

July 18, 2017

#MotivationMonday

I’m Done. I Quit. I Will.

I pledge to be done. Done with the worrying, the wondering, and caring about what other people think. I pledge to be done with the self-doubt, the self-sabotage, the self-consciousness, and the self-destruction. I pledge to be done selling myself short, selling my soul, and buying off on the belief that I don’t deserve success. And most of all, I pledge to be done with regret. Done with regretting my past, regretting my failures, regretting my missed opportunities, and allowing regret to shape my future, and run my life.
I pledge to quit. I quit the “everyday”. The monotonous “everyday”, which is plagued by comfort, free from challenge, and craving change. I pledge to quit giving life to my fears, to my enemies, and to the naysayers, by also pledging to quit believing; for their existence depends on solely upon my believing in them. And lastly, I pledge to quit quitting. I quit quitting on myself, my dreams, and those who believe in me, because to quit on them, is to quit on my legacy.
I pledge I will. I will not be stopped. I will not be swayed. I will not be denied. I will see my dreams through to the finish, and I will never avoid the first step to giving them their start. I will be absolutely unstoppable in my pursuit my very best. I will go through you if you hold me back, and I will bring you with me if you’re ready to go, but either way, I’m on my way. I will get there, hell or high water; for I am done with average, I have quit being scared, and I will absolutely leave my legacy…this is my pledge.
July 11, 2017

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The Power Of One

We are one. We are one person, one heart, one soul. We are one life, one story, one chapter per phase, written one page at a time. We are one dream from a goal, one failure from success, and one success from our dream. We are one thing one day, and another the next, because we are anything but one dimensional. We are one of many, but we are also one in a million. And we have one chance at life, to take a million chances in life, to make the most of this life.

We are one person, capable of changing one world. Not THE world, but ONE world. This earth is made up of as many worlds as there are people, and that means everywhere you go, you are walking into someone else’s world, reality, or realm, with the power to change it for an eternity. The question is, are you the one who is unafraid of the status quo, the norm, and the way it’s always been? Are you the one willing to put the weight of a world on your shoulders, and to be held responsible for its rise or fall? And are you the one who can fearlessly chase a legacy defined by character, and emboldened by compassion?

You are the one. You are the one who can decide to change one world, one life, one story, and one chapter at a time, by bringing out the best of every world you touch along the way to your dream. You are the one who can alter the course of history with effort, vision, and compassion for others. You are the one who can fight, sacrifice, and grind, so that others may thrive, succeed, and achieve. And you are the one who, despite all of your own accomplishments, will be remembered less for what you accomplished in your world, and more for what you brought to others. So be the one, because we are all one. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

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Back Forward

There was no doubt a time in your life where nothing mattered other than what made you happy. It was a place where dreams were inches from reality, opinions were irrelevant, and life was simple. It was a time where you felt as though your whole life was ahead of you, and it was not just a possibility for it to be full of adventure, achievement, and fulfillment…it was a certainty. And it was a way of life devoid of negativity, full of creativity, and overflowing with a healthy hypothetical outlook, which filled you with an overwhelming sense of purpose.

For some of us, as time goes on we start to lose that flare for the improbable, and our world becomes infested with the impossible. It’s been proven that as we age, we seemingly lose our ability to think abstractly. But do we really lose it? Or is it just that we somehow allow it to be suppressed? Suppressed by a disease known as “logic”. Suppressed by our own self-doubt. Suppressed by the opinions of others. And suppressed by our failings and shortcomings, which we needlessly give eternal life to as a reminder of why we simply “shouldn’t”.
Just. Go. Back. Go back! Go back to that place where your imagination and ambition ran hand in hand. Go back to that place where you could craft your own reality, defy impossibility, and ignore negativity. Go back to that world where passion overruled logic, you didn’t get bogged down by the details, and you moved with a supreme confidence that your future was a direct result of what you intended it to be. That person is still alive and well within you. They never left, they never died. They just need you to come back, so you can both move forward. – CPT Ryan
July 11, 2017

#MondayMotivation

Blind Clarity

It will not always be clear. You will not always know what it is you want, what your vision looks like, or what your purpose is. It may feel as though you are just blindly wandering along, not really knowing if anything you are doing is really going to help some higher cause, or take you to a place of fulfillment. These feelings are inevitable, and they are just as much a part of the process as defining your passion, your purpose, and your plan. It is in these times where you’ll find the importance of, at a minimum, prescribing to an ideal.

Although goals, plans, and visions can provide us comfort and motivation in the darkest of hours, just because you don’t have them doesn’t mean you are altogether lost. Sometimes the only guiding light you will have is an ideal, or a concept, which is completely formless, but holds a deep meaning to you somehow. As you embed these principles into all that you do, slowly a vision will form through opportunity, and that vision will eventually give way to passion, which will power your purpose. You may even know exactly what it is you want to do, but it doesn’t exist yet, in which case you need to derive courage from those ideals, so you can go out and create exactly what you see in your mind.

You don’t always have to know exactly where you are going in order to know how you are going to get there. The fire inside of you doesn’t always need to know what it is burning in order to burn, but it does need fuel to stay lit. Do not settle for mediocrity in the face of blindness. Just because you may not yet be able to see your future, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, and just because it doesn’t exist, doesn’t mean you can’t create it. So set chase to that which cannot yet be seen, led only by a trust in a concept, and open your eyes to a reality you never imagined possible. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

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Unbreakable

They are mine. They represent me both physically and emotionally. People judge me based solely on how I present them, how I carry them, and how I employ them. They are the foundation of my strength, just as they are the window to my weakness, and I may never fully comprehend the power they hold. They are battle tested and always ready. They bear the scars of internal and external wars gone by, where they emerged stronger from each skirmish, through victory and defeat.

I have foolishly doubted them at times. I have thought they would buckle under the weight of change, the pressure of the grind, and the burden of self-doubt. But they persevered. I thought surely they would crumble in the face of insurmountable failure, ill-advised missteps, and gut wrenching rejection. But there they stood, only emboldened by the adversity. And I had no doubt they would fall under the crushing disappoint of missed expectations, falling short of my potential, or worse yet, letting people down. But they unwaveringly remained, vigilantly waiting for the next challenge.
These are my shoulders. They have never been broken. I have tested them at every turn, only to find that the very things I thought would break them, only built them up over time. Their weakness only lies in my mind, and even at that, they will continue to carry the weight of the world, whether I believe we can or not. They exist to show me there is nothing I can’t handle, that there is no adversity I can’t overcome, and that I cannot be broken, no matter the odds…but they beg me to try to prove them wrong today, tomorrow, and forever. – CPT Ryan
July 11, 2017

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The Fight is On

We all have a tendency to fight ourselves right out of opportunity, achievement, and fulfillment. We become transfixed with the idea that who we really are is not at all who we should be, and that person starts to repulse us. We think that person is lackluster, boring, awkward, and weird. We start to wonder how anyone would like them for who they are, or what anyone could possibly see in them, or how there’s any way they could achieve success.

So we adjust, we reformat, and we cover up the person we think is dragging us down. We start to model ourselves in the image of someone else, and begin to slowly fabricate a façade. We find ourselves suddenly sacrificing our values, devaluing relationships, and losing our identity to a passionless rat race. All of this in an attempt to give life to this new person we have created out of a place of insecurity, only to find it was actually nothing we ever wanted.

We are all comprised of two people; who we are, and who we pretend to be. The fight between the two will rage on forever, unless you are willing to see that you will only start moving forward when you are willing to fight harder for who you are, than who you aren’t. You may not be where you want, you may not have developed the skills you need yet, you may want to kick some bad habits; but the core of who you are, that place where your passions burn, your values are conceived, and your very being live, that place doesn’t need change…that place needs power. So fight for its life, so you can truly start to live yours. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

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Unbreakable

They are mine. They represent me both physically and emotionally. People judge me based solely on how I present them, how I carry them, and how I employ them. They are the foundation of my strength, just as they are the window to my weakness, and I may never fully comprehend the power they hold. They are battle tested and always ready. They bear the scars of internal and external wars gone by, where they emerged stronger from each skirmish, through victory and defeat.

I have foolishly doubted them at times. I have thought they would buckle under the weight of change, the pressure of the grind, and the burden of self-doubt. But they persevered. I thought surely they would crumble in the face of insurmountable failure, ill-advised missteps, and gut wrenching rejection. But there they stood, only emboldened by the adversity. And I had no doubt they would fall under the crushing disappoint of missed expectations, falling short of my potential, or worse yet, letting people down. But they unwaveringly remained, vigilantly waiting for the next challenge.
These are my shoulders. They have never been broken. I have tested them at every turn, only to find that the very things I thought would break them, only built them up over time. Their weakness only lies in my mind, and even at that, they will continue to carry the weight of the world, whether I believe we can or not. They exist to show me there is nothing I can’t handle, that there is no adversity I can’t overcome, and that I cannot be broken, no matter the odds…but they beg me to try to prove them wrong today, tomorrow, and forever. – CPT Ryan
July 11, 2017

#MemorialMotivation

The origin of Memorial Day was the culmination of multiple takes on honoring those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country. Although we realize most see this weekend as a chance to enjoy the summer, and take some time away from work, we encourage you to take a moment to reflect on what allows you to do so. Whether it’s your house, your job, your community, your family, or your leisure, every ounce of it has been affected by those who were willing lay down their life in the interest of yours.

We harp a lot on pushing yourself to succeed, chasing your dreams, and staying hungry. Maintaining that focus is the product of drawing motivation from a litany of sources. If you feel empty, if you feel tired, if you feel like giving up and not taking advantage of all the opportunities afforded to you…we implore you to think of the sacrifice which has been laid before you by a person you have never met, never seen, nor will ever know, who signed up to enable the mere thought of your existence, and all of the opportunities which could come with it.

 

Every opportunity you ignore, every privilege you don’t take advantage of, and every time you miss the chance to give a piece of yourself to the benefit of others, it makes the loss of those selfless servants that much more tragic. Memorial Day is so much more than moments of silence, waving American flags, speeches, ceremonies, and cookouts. It is a call to action for a grateful nation to show its fallen protectors their sacrifice will not have been in vain every day…not in word, but through action. Draw fire, motivation, and passion, from the countless brave souls who humbly gave you their world, and you will find a tireless energy which will not rest until you have left this world a better place.

Whatever your dream is, remember “I will, because they cannot”, and thank you to all those whom have served, and sacrificed, so others could live their dreams.