News & Updates
April 30, 2018
If you dread Sunday nights because of Monday mornings. If you are hammering the snooze button twenty times before you drag yourself out of bed, only to rush around the house so you can barely make it out the door on time. If you get sick to your stomach as you open your email each day, dread seeing your co-workers or your boss, and you’ve become a slave to the clock, just waiting for permission to bust out, fly home, and crack a beer. Or if you have become so shell-shocked by menial, unimportant conflict, you’ve conditioned yourself to simply tread water and walk on eggshells so as to avoid stress which really has no meaning to you…you are ready.
I have come to the conclusion we all reach a point in our lives where everything is telling us we’re ready to make a change. All of the aforementioned symptoms are things we have all experienced at one point, if not currently. But somewhere in human evolution, the grind got confused with misery, and we convinced ourselves those feelings were part of life, and they’re what you’re supposed to feel in the illustrious pursuit of “success”. So we waste away our time, and bury our passions, all so we can look back on years and years of showing up, with the only reward being a monthly retirement check so we can do nothing for the rest of our lives and get paid for it.
So you have to ask yourself, do you feel like you’re accomplishing nothing just so you can responsibly retire and get paid to do nothing? If you have found yourself silently nodding as you read along…you are ready. You are ready for a change. You are ready to take a chance. You are ready to walk blindly into your new life, because you literally have nothing to lose. If you are going to experience pain and suffering for something, make it something you are truly passionate about, because pain and suffering without passion is simply suppression. As soon as you realize you are risking your life by not taking a risk on your life, you will be ready to leave that which is giving you nothing for something, in exchange for something which can give you everything. You’re ready. So let’s go. -CPT Ryan
April 23, 2018
Accept Less, Expect More
“The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.”- David Morrison
Stop accepting that which is holding you back. Stop accepting people taking advantage of you, treating you and other people badly, and bringing you down by refusing to see the greatness you possess. Stop accepting mediocrity as if you’re predestined to be stuck in its grasp forever, and you don’t deserve better for some reason. Stop accepting your negative thoughts, your negative self-image, and your self-deprecating behavior. Most of all, stop accepting who you are, what you are, and where you are, as something that can’t be changed into something you designed through a vision.
Expect more from your life, more from your time, and more from your future. Expect the very best from those you surround yourself with. Expect them to build you up when you need it, knock you down a peg when you need it, and to be there when everyone else high-tailed it out of town. Expect more from your job, your co-workers, and your boss. Expect fulfillment, expect passion, expect purpose. Most of all, expect more from yourself. Expect your very best, expect to survive, thrive, and overcome. Expect to achieve.
Accept less, expect more. There isn’t anyone, anything, or any rule that says you have to accept today without expecting more from tomorrow. It’s in our nature to accept pain, suffering, and being unhappy. We become numb to it, stay the course, and drive on. But just because it’s in our nature, doesn’t mean that’s the way it has to be. Stop walking past your greatness, this life expects more from you, and you should expect more from life. The sooner you can accept that, the sooner you can create the future you always expected. -CPT Ryan
April 16, 2018
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’re going in order to know you are eventually going to get there, and your fire doesn’t always need a blueprint in order to burn. Don’t settle for mediocrity in the face of blindness; just because you may not be able to see your future today, doesn’t mean it won’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 a passion for change, and open your eyes to a reality you never imagined possible. – CPT Ryan
April 9, 2018
Leave Me Behind
I follow you everywhere you go, I precede you everywhere your headed, and I stay behind everywhere you’ve been. Sometimes I can be the furthest thing from your mind, and other times I will consume your every thought and every action. I will require the utmost commitment throughout your life, but even if you stray away, and we lose touch, our relationship can always be rekindled and repaired, as long as you are willing to put in the work.
My existence is based solely on character. I have little interest in skill, accomplishments, accolades, or defeats. Character. That’s what I care about. I don’t just want to know about what you did for people, I want to know how you made them feel, how you affected the paths of their lives, and how you changed their outcomes in a positive way; all of which I expect to drive you through your own adversity, laziness, and impulsivity, by igniting the flame of passion and laying a foundation of purpose.
I am your legacy, and my life is in your hands. I can live forever, or you can take me to the grave with you. It all depends on whether or not you are willing to sacrifice, whether or not you are willing to suffer, and whether or not you are willing to work. You let me live, and in return, I give you a life worth living, worth loving, and worth calling your own. Now that we’re acquainted, we’ve got work to do, because everyday is another opportunity to leave me behind for an eternity, so let’s get going. – CPT Ryan
April 2, 2018
For every phase of my life, I have encountered someone whom I have clashed with. People who couldn’t even begin to fathom what it is that makes me tick, with the innate ability to cut me down with the exact right comment, at the exact right time, which made me question who I am, what I do, and why I do it. No matter how much I tried to brush it off as ignorance, deep down, I just wanted them to “get it”, to see me for me, and in all reality, I just wanted their acceptance.These people can ruin your life. There’s no other way to say it. The focus and energy we have all wasted at some point in our lives trying to gain acceptance from somebody who isn’t willing to waste any focus or energy on us, has a direct correlation as to how far away we are from accomplishing something truly meaningful, or reaching true happiness. They become walking rabbit holes who divert us from focusing on an ideal, in order to focus on an opinion, all at the cost of our time and even our sanity.Take a hard look at yourself and honestly assess who these people are in your life. (And if you think you don’t have any, look again, because there’s always one.) Maybe you work with them, maybe you went to high school with them, or maybe you grew up with them, and you’re still trying to make them “get it”, even if only in your subconscious. Stick to your guns. They’re not going to get it, and that’s okay. Their acceptance is irrelevant to your journey. Stay focused on an ideal, forget the opinions, and create a life you are willing to accept as your own, because in the end, that’s the only acceptance that actually matters.