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October 16, 2017
Regret. I may have you, but you are far from having me. Sometimes I see you at every turn, and sometimes you’re just a distant memory. But you’re always there. Just waiting to remind me of what was, what could have been, and what may never be. Although there are times when you torment me, you have also freed me more than you’ll ever know, because it was you who freed me from myself, my limits, and my fears.
All those times I didn’t know if I could try again…you were there to remind me why I should. All those times I was too scared to take that blind leap of faith…you were there to remind me of how I’d feel if I didn’t. Those few times I hit rock bottom, rock bottom so bad that it felt like even hope had turned its back on me…only you were left to will me to move forward, one painstaking inch at a time. And when I succeed…that’s when you are the loudest, proving to me that you, and all your forms, are why I’m here today.
Regret, I’m convinced you are one of the most powerful and misunderstood forces on this earth. You have been the cause of many great tragedies and triumphs alike. You have humbled the strong, emboldened the weak, and provided the world with a sense of perspective. So Regret, I’m pretty glad I have you. In all actuality, I need you. But know that you will never…ever…have me; because you may be all powerful, but watch your back, because so am I.
October 9, 2017
Out Of The Darkness
No different than the night sky reveals the stars, the moon, and the wonders of the universe, the dark times you encounter in your life will reveal a side of you which you never knew existed. We fear the dark. We fear what it represents, we fear what it shrouds, and we fear the blindness that comes with it. Conversely, we love the light because for its predictability, normalcy, and far reaching sight. When it comes down to it, darkness exposes a vulnerability which we are extremely uncomfortable with, but in reality it exposes so much more.
The light shrouds from us what we are truly capable of. It hides our strength, our will, our determination, and even our compassion for others. You are going to go through dark times whether you like it or not, whether you’re prepared or not, and whether or not it’s convenient for you. You can hide from it, ignore it, try to get your friends to face it with you, but in the end it’s on you to walk into the darkness and search for what lies beyond its veil. It is there, far from the comforting rays of light, where you will find what you are actually made of.
You were not built just to merely exist, you were literally born to survive, adapt, overcome, and repeat. Whatever dark times you may be going through right now, or will go through in the future, do just that…go through them. Don’t get caught just staring into the darkness, because it’s all you will ever see. Go through it. There will always be growth, there will always be lessons, and there will always be light on the other side, but you have to be willing to go through it…albeit one small step at a time.
October 2, 2017
You Are Not Done
You are not done. Not even close. You may have fallen or peaked, lost or won, but no matter the case, you are not done. Life is nothing but ups and downs, twists and turns, and if you are living with fire, you’re bound to get burned. But don’t let the trials dampen your flame, because in the end, they’re never to blame. So pick yourself up, and rage like the sun, because I can tell you for sure, that you are not done.
You’re in a story which must be lived to be told, and it may not be clear until you’re wise, gray, and old. But the very last page ends the same as page one, you may be a lot of things, but you are not done. You are not done ’til you draw you last breath, and even with that, there is life after death. Because after your gone, and become part of the earth, your story lives on, and gives new stories birth. Never forget, through the joy and the hurt, you have to wake up tomorrow, and complete your life’s work.
You are here for a reason, to find your passionate purpose, and only hard work will let passion surface. You’re on an endless search to find your life’s grind, and to create a passion which can consume all your time. Try just for a moment to see through your mind’s eye, and it is from that point where you can begin your climb high. You’re not just a passenger on a leisurely ride, so grab the keys and throw the car in drive. There is never a promise it will be easy or fun, but I can promise you this…you are not done. – CPT Ryan
September 28, 2017
Houston Clean-Up Day + Donate
Holy Moly! I missed A LOT in the Big Brother House – most crucial, not one, not two, but three major hurricanes.
The devastation I’ve seen in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and many more breaks my heart.
That’s why I’m teaming up with WAG to participate in their Clean-Up Day in Houston on October 22nd. We want to help as many people as possible and get our hands dirty in the process.
In conduction with the clean-up day, we are raising funds to donate directly to The Red Cross (and WAG will match up to 10K) Woop woop!
Click HERE for more information
September 25, 2017
Be Someone Who
Starting today, don’t just be someone…be someone who. Don’t just be someone aimlessly wandering through life, taking it as it comes, lost in a revolving door going to nowhere. Be someone who is unwaveringly guided by a set of core values, sticking to them through thick and thin, no matter the odds or adversity. Don’t just be someone standing idly by, simply watching life happen, taking it as it come. Be someone who takes action. Someone who steps up when everyone else is afraid, or nobody else is willing to, and starts the movement against the odds and impossibility.Starting today, don’t just be someone sitting in silence, being told this or told that, mindlessly obeying orders without your best interest in mind. Be someone who speaks up. Be the one who tells the world what you want from it, voices your ideas about positive change and growth, and speaks up for others when they can’t speak for themselves. Furthermore, be someone who is a protector. Be someone who is not only willing to fight their own battles, but also fearlessly goes to war in defense of others, with a greater hunger for victory than if it was merely fighting for yourself.And starting today, don’t just be someone with a cold shoulder and a blank stare, who rattles the earth with confidence, fire, and action. Be someone who also walks with gentle compassion, a knowing empathy, and a sincere kindness. Be someone who people are excited to see walk in the room. Be someone who everyone wants to watch their back, who everyone wants by their side, and who everyone knows will lead from the front when the time is right. Starting today, make just being someone a thing of the past, and start being someone who leaves a legacy that will last.
September 18, 2017
Everything we touch today comes with a filter. From our pictures and videos, to what we say and the feedback we get, all the way to how we see ourselves and how we let the world see us. Some are societal, and some are self-inflicted, but more and more we are choosing to ignore the reality in favor of the filter. The problem with the filter, however, is that it doesn’t really change anything, it just strains out what you don’t want to see, be seen, or in some cases, deal with.
You can’t change what you aren’t willing to accept, and you can’t accept what you aren’t willing to see. At some point, the disparity between the filter and the reality becomes so big, that all you are left with is fiction. Remember that progress is rooted in reality, so if you are scared, ashamed, embarrassed, or nervous about what’s behind that filter, realize that whatever it is that makes you feel that way is going to stay right there until you are ready to take the filter off, and stare all that is real square in the face.
Every once in a while, we need a reminder that filters actually exist to highlight or enhance what is good as opposed to covering up what is bad. If everything looks great on the outside, but you are still in unfulfilled turmoil on the inside, try living life unfiltered for a while. It may be humbling, discouraging, or downright depressing at first, but soon enough those feelings will be overtaken by progress, and the only thing left to be filtered will be the haters, the naysayers, and the doubters. – CPT Ryan
September 11, 2017
The Space Between
Determining the space between you and your goals is as simple as looking at that space between your ears. Everything you have ever determined to hold you back from your dreams was either created, or has lived, in that space. Those people who hold you back, the reasons you “can’t” do something, the setbacks you experience, and all the chips stacked against you, may very well exist, but their power is only derived and empowered by your mind.
Life is a game of inches, and everything you’ve ever wanted from life starts with taking control of that six inch span from one ear to another. If you give life, people, obstacles, and setbacks a single inch of that space, they are all going to take a mile…along with your self-confidence, your will, and your determination. There will be times where it feels like you have surrendered that space to life, along with your hopes, dreams, and future. But the first step in taking back those inches lies in having the courage to simply decide.
The power to decide is all you need to arm yourself with in order to take control of the most important six inches in your journey. Just decide to no longer give power to those who hold you down. Just decide to finally go after that dream job or career you’ve always wanted. Just decide to cast aside all of your doubts, fears, and insecurities in the pursuit of what truly makes you happy. And just decide that, in all reality, you are the owner and sole proprietor of that space between you and where you want to be, and the process of owning that space starts an inch at a time. ~CPT Ryan
September 5, 2017
Opportunity can only be seized when two things take place. First it must be seen, and second it must be prepared for. Without both sets of circumstances converging upon an opportunity, it will pass you by, or slip through your fingers. You can prepare for opportunity all you want. You can have all the degrees, the skills, the fitness, and the connections, but if you can’t see opportunity knocking on your door, you’ll never let it in. Conversely, you may see the endless opportunities in the world, but if you haven’t put in the painstaking preparation, you are damning yourself to a life of watching from the sidelines while other people get their “Carpe Diem” on.
So you’ve tirelessly prepared, and you’ve locked an opportunity in your sights…how do you now parlay that opportunity into success? There is a fundamental difference between sight and vision. Sight is merely identifying something based on the recognition of certain traits and characteristics of what you can see. Vision is your ability to see that which may not actually be within your sight yet. It’s one thing to be ready to seize an opportunity, but it’s a completely different animal to know what to do with it once it has been seized. That takes vision.
Countless people have taken opportunities which they have seen rise out of preparation. But the truly successful among us have seized the opportunities, exploited them to their fullest potential, and used them to move on to the next one long before it actually happens, if only in their mind’s eye. If you a preparing to seize an opportunity, don’t be taken by surprise when it happens. It should just be part of the plan. And when the people ask “Could you have ever imagined this level of success?”, you should be able to tell them you didn’t just imagine it, you visualized it, and you’re right where you always knew you’d be. – CPT Ryan
August 28, 2017
Opportunity of the Underdog
What is it about the underdog that captures our imagination? What is it about the person who shouldn’t even be in the arena, who, despite the odds, choses to step in anyway and roll the dice? Through success and failure, the underdog gives us unabashed inspiration and hope, because through their eyes we see our own doubts and insecurities momentarily melt away, as our eyes open to what can be accomplished by a vision and dedication unhindered by fear and failure.
The underdog will always operate at maximum capacity, because they have to. They have willingly chosen to place their back against the wall, check their ego, and be overtaken with the obsessive motivation of proving the world wrong. They have found comfort in their role, and would rather live there than at the peak of the mountain. So as they summit one challenge, they instantly look for the next climb of insurmountable odds. It is all about risk, humility, and survival, culminating in a grit that far exceeds perceived potential.
Step into the role of the underdog. Instead of seeing it as a disadvantage, start seeing it as an opportunity. If you are succeeding when everyone expects you to, then you really aren’t challenging yourself. Dare to chase success into the farthest reaches of impossibility, where the only thing between your back and the wall, is what you are truly made of. In the end, when the dust settles and arena falls silent, you will find that the lines between success and failure have blurred, and that which truly mattered is what being the underdog taught you about yourself. – CPT Ryan
August 24, 2017
Let’s face it…we’re all weird. There are no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it; you’re weird, I’m weird, we’re all weird. We all do weird things, in weird ways, at weird times, all while having weird thoughts bounce around our heads. With general weirdness being such a huge part of our everyday lives, it seems weird that being weird, or being labeled as weird, is nothing less than terrifying for most people.
Your weirdness and how it affects your success is a product of your ability to identify it, define it, and ultimately employ it to your advantage. Don’t get it twisted; weird is something identified as different than what people are used to seeing, and different is adaptation in motion, and adaptation is survival. Once you identify that which seems weird to other people, is actually nothing more than a difference of opinion, own it, don’t run from it. Define what it is that makes you different, instead of being defined by chasing “normal”, scared to death of facing someone’s ill informed opinion.
Lastly, make it work for you. The most successful among us were, at one point, considered weird or strange outcasts, all because they had a quality, trait, or vision, that was different than what people perceived as “normal”. The difference is, they turned it into a strength, which they then turned into a brand, which then morphed into the latest trend everyone else wanted to be a part of. So don’t hide what you think makes you different, because your weirdness is opportunity disguised by insecurity, waiting to be empowered, so it can separate you from the rest of the pack. You are different by design, not default, so grab ahold of it and take it with you, because the true tragedy in life is not to be weird, but to be normal.- CPT Ryan