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July 11, 2017

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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

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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.

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