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April 16, 2018

#MondayMotivation

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’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
October 23, 2017

#MondayMotivation

Light Your Way Out

If you know you want to change your situation, if you know you’re not where you want to be, if you know you want more from life but you don’t know where to find the motivation…you’re not looking hard enough. It’s everywhere. When you are in a bad place in life, or simply cannot stand the norm any longer, everything you look at, every hour, of every day, should be a stark reminder as to why you need move forward, simply because you are surrounded by an environment you no longer want to be in.
You are not a product of your environment, your environment is a product of you. So if it feels like your world is beating you down, the walls are closing in on you, and you have become trapped by your reality, start drawing power from those feelings instead of letting them render you powerless. There is an immense pool of untapped strength in those places, situations, and monotonous routines you want to escape, as they all unleash our most basic survival instincts once we finally decide enough is enough.
Don’t surrender to your surroundings. Seize them. Own them. Let them build you into what you can truly become instead of letting them tear you down into what you never became. Use their fuel to ignite your fire to create change, blaze a new trail, and burn down the walls built by “the way it’s always been”. And when that fire starts to dull, and your motivation wanes; stop, look around, and ask yourself if where you’re where you’ve always wanted to be. When the answer is no, strike a match, and get back to the grind, because the light at the end of the tunnel can only be lit by your flame.
September 18, 2017

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Life Unfiltered

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