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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.

July 11, 2017

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Shadow Of A Doubt

I’ve been a little off lately, so I need you to doubt me. I’ve been feeling tired, drained, and run down, so help me out and just doubt me. I’ve been questioning the path I’m on, the choices I’ve made, and committing self-sabotage, so all I need you to do is doubt me. I’m starting to think maybe I’m not good enough, smart enough, in shape enough, or as good as the competition, so please, I am begging you, just doubt me. And I’m beginning to lose faith in my dreams, my vision, my passion, and my plan, so just do me a favor…and doubt me.

Doubt me now so I can rekindle that fire I once had when I first set out on my journey. Doubt me so I can stop focusing on my own self-doubt, and start focusing on proving you wrong. Doubt me so I will go back to the grind of working day and night, fueled by the fatigue of outworking you, while I forge my new reality. And tell everyone else you know to go ahead and start doubting me too, because eventually I’m going to get tired of proving just you wrong. So pack them in all the way up to the nosebleeds and give them some popcorn, I’m gonna need an audience for this one.

Sometimes I get mixed up and start thinking I need your approval more than I need your doubt. Then I remember how little I accomplish when the cards are all stacked in my favor, and everyone is in my corner telling me how great I am. Your approval won’t get me that extra inch, step, mile, or rep. It won’t give me that competitive edge or that chip on my shoulder. And it certainly won’t keep me going when I’m exhausted, broken down, and just want to quit. But your doubt will. So hand it over, I’ve got stuff to do, and I don’t want to leave any doubt that I’m going to get it done. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

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Empower Your Power

You are powerful beyond belief. You are powerful beyond your own belief, and more importantly you are powerful beyond the belief of others. You are so powerful you can guide the future, adapt from the past, and mold the present. You have the power to create reality from thought, and to change reality through action. Your power can even extend beyond your own life, and empower someone else’s, who will undoubtedly go on to empower the life of another, and another, and so on, effectively changing the course of history.

Your mere existence is a miracle which required, at a minimum, the innate and instinctual will to live and survive against all odds. So don’t tell me you can’t fight anymore, you can’t push any harder, or that you have lost belief in yourself and your purpose. Don’t tell me you are being held back by someone else’s lack of belief in you, or that they are holding you back from chasing your dream. And definitely don’t tell me you are powerless to exert your will over your environment, over your reality, your naysayers, or shortcomings. It’s simply not true, because you were born to overcome so much more.

You woke up this morning, which is proof positive that your will to survive is fully intact. We aren’t given much in this life, but the one thing we are given is the power to guide it, survive it, and act upon it. You have lived to fight another day on purpose, because there are still goals you haven’t reached, limits you haven’t pushed, lives you haven’t touched, and haters you haven’t silenced. Empower your power by believing in its existence. Raise it from its dormancy, and let it breath into all that you do. Fuel it with adversity, grow it through accomplishment, and let it live long after your gone by imparting it on to the world while you’re here. But it all has to start with you…believe it or not.

July 11, 2017

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Principle Over Profession

Today’s world is consumed with data. Statistics, percentages, trends, numbers, cost, profit, and all the analysis and armchair quarterbacks you can handle. In the midst of all the data, as you chase the administrative success we can often be measured by, it can become easy to lose sight of what real success is. When you start chasing the profession over your own principles, you are actually sacrificing the fabric of who you are, and what you believe, for success as defined by somebody else’s bottom line.

You define your own success, and it should be so much more than just an equation. The numbers will take care of themselves when you are ready and willing to sacrifice success as someone else may see it, in order to stay true to what you believe. The world won’t remember the bean counters, the clock watchers, and the statisticians, but it will most definitely remember those who chose to be guided by values, defined by character, and fueled by the higher purpose of developing others beyond their perceived limitations.

Administrative success is as fleeting as it is unfulfilling. True success, the kind that leaves people, places, and things better for having been in its presence, and personified by the brave few who are willing to live up to their own principles, is everlasting. Be more than someone’s pawn. Evoke fear in those attempting to sway you from your principles, and instill trust and admiration in those who can see you are fighting for an ideal whose scope goes far beyond a pie chart. Time will forget your profession, but your principles will transcend time, so define them, defend them, and display them, and create your success under your own unit of measure. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

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The Symptoms of Success

Tired. You will be tired. Mind numbingly tired. Late nights, early mornings, punctuated by tossing and turning while your racing mind remembers what it forgot, and creates what you have yet to see. You will be grumpy, cranky, irritable, and hot tempered sometimes. You will be frustrated beyond belief, almost beyond your own personal beliefs. You will be brought to the brink of quitting…regularly. You will obsess, you will overwork, and you will burn out. You will hate it and you will love it all at once, but either way, it will be done with fire and passion.

You will fail. A lot. Like..a lot a lot. You will make small missteps, and you will crash and burn. You will be told it’s not for you, you’re not good enough, and that you’re messing up. You will feel like you’re on the wrong path, you will constantly question yourself, and you will inevitably let the opinions of others chip away at the very fabric of your conscious and your confidence. You will hear “No” more times than you care to count or remember. No you can’t, no you won’t, no this is the way we’ve always done it, and no thanks.

And that’s how you will know. This is success. This is progress. This is development. Success is one of life’s greatest enigmas, because its symptoms are the complete antithesis of what they are perceived to be. If you’re not restless, tired, irritable, failing, questioning yourself, and hearing “No” at almost every turn, then odds are, you’re probably not venturing down the path to success. The symptoms of success are notoriously unsuccessful. Find comfort in these symptoms, because it is through those symptoms that an unrelenting perseverance will be honed, a passion will be forged, a purpose built, and a legacy left, and it will always be worth it, every…single…time. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

10 Reasons To Work Out That Aren’t Aesthetic

It’s no secret that exercising regularly helps you look good naked.

Most of the time, our drive to start working out or stick with a workout program are based around our aesthetics. We want a tighter tush, rock hard abs, lean legs, toned arms, etc. Today, I want to talk about the many reasons to work out that DON’T have to deal with how you look….

Here’s a short list for you to start thinking about:

1. It wakes your ass up

Jumping out of bed and hitting a quick workout first thing in the morning can wake not only your body up, but your mind as well. There’s nothing like starting your day with a good sweat and high energy!

2. It’s a complete mood changer

Anytime I’m in a bad mood working out makes me feel cheerier. There’s something about working on your body, feeling sexy & strong that can completely turn your day around. + working out releases endorphins which by nature make you happier!

3. You sleep better

Do I need to say more? Catching more quality z’s is highly sought after. Exercising for 1 hour daily can help regulate your sleeping patterns and help you to achieve more restful sleep.

4. You’re able to focus longer & be more creative

I guarantee you’ll have 10+ new ideas about your most stressful work project or solution to a major problem in your life by the end of your workout session. Exercise gets your MIND working & there’s always a positive result.

5. It’s empowering & uplifting

Working out can leave you feeling empowered by honing in on discipline and time management skills, accomplishing new goals and feeling INVINCIBLE.

6. It gives you an instant energy boost

One of the BEST ways to beat fatigue and to boost energy is to exercise MORE.

7. It allows you to see what your body can DO

Pushing our body to it’s limits and seeing the amazing things our “machine” is capable of is quite gratifying. Working out increases your confidence and heightens your level of self-respect for your body and all that it can do.

8. It changes your cravings to HEALTHY choices

As you begin working out, you’ll realize you start to crave bad choices less and less. After all, no one wants to ruin their hard workout with a sweet treat or blow it on a cheat meal.

July 11, 2017

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Sweat Equity

How much are you willing to invest into your passion? What are you willing to endure in the name of good faith just to be in the presence of your purpose, knowing full well these infantile steps could go on for miles before you can pick up the pace and start traversing upwards? Many a success story has been foiled by the inability to start from the bottom. When you find your passion, or it finds you, there should be no limit to the amount of Sweat Equity you are willing to pour into it, with the only return being experience and perseverance.

Sweat Equity is a check written to your passion, backed by effort, and cashed by progress. It’s what you are driven to do by your purpose, and what you are compelled to sacrifice in order to breathe life into a passion you have not yet mastered. But signing a check over to your passion will always come at the cost of your ego. Making that investment while thinking you deserve more because of your resume, experience, or pride, instead of effort, will only result in a bounced check and some hurt feelings.

In any situation, you must learn to follow before you can lead. Implementing humble followership into the ascent towards your passion is the quickest way to seamlessly build Sweat Equity in whatever it is you see as your vision for the future. It may not be glamorous, it may feel beneath you, and it probably won’t resemble success in the least, but it is in this time and place where you will learn that although you cannot put a price on your passion, it will most definitely come at a worthwhile cost. The difference is, with this check…you decide how much there is in the bank. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

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Sweat Equity

How much are you willing to invest into your passion? What are you willing to endure in the name of good faith just to be in the presence of your purpose, knowing full well these infantile steps could go on for miles before you can pick up the pace and start traversing upwards? Many a success story has been foiled by the inability to start from the bottom. When you find your passion, or it finds you, there should be no limit to the amount of Sweat Equity you are willing to pour into it, with the only return being experience and perseverance.

Sweat Equity is a check written to your passion, backed by effort, and cashed by progress. It’s what you are driven to do by your purpose, and what you are compelled to sacrifice in order to breathe life into a passion you have not yet mastered. But signing a check over to your passion will always come at the cost of your ego. Making that investment while thinking you deserve more because of your resume, experience, or pride, instead of effort, will only result in a bounced check and some hurt feelings.

In any situation, you must learn to follow before you can lead. Implementing humble followership into the ascent towards your passion is the quickest way to seamlessly build Sweat Equity in whatever it is you see as your vision for the future. It may not be glamorous, it may feel beneath you, and it probably won’t resemble success in the least, but it is in this time and place where you will learn that although you cannot put a price on your passion, it will most definitely come at a worthwhile cost. The difference is, with this check…you decide how much there is in the bank. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

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For Your Validation

What is it about validation that consumes so much of what we decide to do, or not to do, in our lives? How does it penetrate our subconscious on an almost primordial level, causing us to sometimes crave it more than our own goals and dreams? It is an uneasy feeling that can come with the realization that there is no existing blueprint for life and that you are the one calling the shots, albeit from the seat of your pants. From this uneasiness, the need for validation, acceptance, and even permission, are born into your everyday psyche, stifling the very fabric of who you are.

Validate yourself by accepting the fact you don’t need permission to be yourself, chase your own dreams, or set your own goals. Searching for the validation of others, all while dismissing your own, will only cause you to see your success through their unqualified lenses. Achieving success in their eyes will leave you unfulfilled, and success in your eyes will feel like failure without their support. This vicious cycle of nonfulfillment and perceived failure can only result in the toxic depreciation of your own self-worth.

Stop delaying your growth, debilitating your dreams, and depreciating your worth while you wait on somebody else to tell you you’re okay. The only person you need the green light from is you. Yes, you’re going to need support, help, and constructive criticism along the way, but those are enablers to your momentum. Your success is based on your seat of the pants version of what gives you fulfillment and purpose. It may not be perfect, it may be far-fetched, and it probably won’t make complete sense, but the only way you will ever validate your own blueprint is to get started, while leaving your need for validation at the drawing table.