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February 19, 2018

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Prove Your Potential

Nobody is going to do it for you. There always comes a point where you are going to have to do it yourself. People may see potential in you, they may see talent in you, they may see a future for you beyond your wildest dreams. And while that which others see in us makes us feel good, it’s not getting us anywhere. You’re never going to actually be what other people have the foresight to see in you, until you’re willing to prove your potential through personal action.
Proving potential to yourself is a uniquely individual task. You can have a team, coach, or loved one push you, and those people will be essential in your journey to success, but in the end, the livelihood of your potential rests squarely on your shoulders. Its pulse needs a plan, its reality requires risk, and its future needs your unwavering follow through. Most of all, it needs YOU. Success isn’t going to just walk up and tap you on the shoulder because you look like a good candidate; more likely, it will walk up, punch you in the gut, and take your lunch money until the day you decide to get your shit together and fight back.
Maybe the process will involve taking blind leaps forward, or maybe you’ll have to take a few steps back, or even start from scratch altogether, but either way, the decision to act is on you. Potential creates opportunity, opportunity calls for action, and action forms a reality which then creates the potential for opportunity. Sew the seeds of confidence from what people see in you, with the vision of a life you see for yourself, and create a blueprint of how you plan to combine the two into a reality which has always been waiting for you to arrive.
-CPT Ryan
February 12, 2018

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Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down

The snipers are out there…waiting. Waiting to shoot down your pride, hamper your progress, and destroy your purpose. Waiting to take shots at your new ideas, deflate your lofty goals, and destroy your unreasonable dreams. Their aim is your heart and mind, along with any place else they can make it hurt, using your shortfalls and self-doubt as their ammunition. And all along, it is their own desperate sense of self-loathing, lingering insecurities, and missed opportunities that drive them to pull that reassuring trigger.
To them I say: Take. The f*king. Shot. Seriously, just take it. Take the shot, because more times than not, I’m on the move and you’re going to miss. Take the shot to remind me to keep going. Get some hits even, because the occasional hit will ignite me, expose where I need work, and keep me hungry. Fire away, I don’t mind, because when you pull the trigger,you commit to exposing who you are, what you fear, where you are weak, and when life makes you uncomfortable, all of which I truly hope you someday overcome.
Don’t let the bastards get you down. They’re always going to be out there, just waiting for a chance to take that shot at you; because it’s easier to take a shot at someone else, than it is for them to take a look at the person in the mirror. Expect it. Every endeavor, every sacrifice, and every triumph will always be riddled with the bullets of those not daring enough to confront who they are, in order to realize who they could be. Let’s face it, none of us are bulletproof, but we are all capable of surviving the hits along the way, just muster the courage to keep going and it will all be worth it in the end.
-CPT Ryan
February 5, 2018

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Perspective Check

It’s easy to get caught in the perpetual rut of feeling as though things are headed in the wrong direction, that they can’t get much worse, and that you’re nothing more than a helpless passenger on this sinking ship, clipping every iceberg as it navigates the murky waters of negativity. Although it may seem like an exercise in futility, it is essential to put yourself in your place, and remember that somebody, somewhere, not only has it worse than you, but so much so that it’s borderline unfathomable to think it can get that bad.
Somebody, somewhere, right this second, is experiencing epic tragedy, insurmountable hardship, and they are up against astronomical odds. That is their reality. It was also their reality yesterday, last week, last year, and it will probably be their reality again tomorrow. That also means despite the circumstances of their reality, they chose to get up and keep going, last year, last week, yesterday, today, and they will do it again tomorrow. So you know what? You can too.
Exercise your sense of perspective daily, as it’s probably the most valuable exercise you will do. Nobody walks this earth without becoming a victim of the world’s misfortune at some point, that’s just life. But there’s a difference between being the victim, and playing the victim, and if you’re playing the victim, you’re just playing yourself. Somebody…always…has it…worse. This is a fact. And they would kill to be in your shoes today, taking full advantage of all of your privilege and opportunity. Bad times are just as fleeting as the good times, but how you experience both is an exercise in perspective, just open your eyes.
-CPT Ryan