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April 30, 2018

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You’re Ready

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 16, 2018

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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’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

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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
November 27, 2017

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Break The Law

It can be the most frustrating feeling in the world. You have a vision, you see a clear path for that vision, you know you have what it takes to make it a reality. But time, after time, after time, it just doesn’t work out, something gets in the way, or the rest of the world just isn’t ready to see it the way you see it yet. It is in these times that we question ourselves, our self-worth, and our value. We think, “Maybe they’re right. Maybe I’m just crazy. Maybe I need to just fall in line and be average like everyone else.”
The Law of Averages is a crutch some people like to stand on which predicts a probable outcome despite some rare deviations. Basically saying we all even out. Some may argue the Law of Averages shows we are all, more likely than not, going to BE average, and they will use those odds to justify simply working within those boundaries for an eternity. But one thing these people forget is, the law admits you can increase the number of attempts to reach an improbable outcome, even if only once. The only caveat being there is no telling how many attempts it will take. That’s on you to figure out.
The variable in all these numbers, statistics, and equations…is you, and how much you are willing to fight the odds, time and time again, until you make your vision a reality. Whether it be a side hustle, a promotion, or a one rep max, keep nurturing it, keep trying it, and keep throwing it at the wall, because one time, be it out of 100 or 1,000,000, it will not only stick, it will knock the wall down altogether, making every attempt, every rep, every failure, and every day, undeniably worth it. -CPT Ryan
November 6, 2017

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The Struggle Is Real

You will never figure out who you are and what you’re made of in the midst of success. The real you won’t surface when life is calm, cool, and comfortable. You will only see the true image of who you are when you allow yourself to experience the struggle. Whether it’s on the way up, or on the way down, the struggle is there to show you, prove to you, or remind you, exactly what your capable of, which will always exceed where you’re at, and what you thought.
The struggle is real. It brings out the realness in all of us. When we are just starting out, it shows us what real work looks like and that we always have more to give. When we start reaching our goals, it shows us the real value is not in the achievement, it’s in the work it took to get there. And when we think we are at the top of our game, and we start getting a little arrogant, complacent, or even lazy, it brings us back to reality, shows us humility, and can reignite that fire to achieve through adversity.
Don’t fear your struggle, be real with it. Whatever your struggle is, don’t look at it in terms of what it is keeping you from, look at it in terms of what it is giving you, because it is giving you so much more than just a hard time. It is giving perspective to your life, value to your achievements, and a reality check to your ego, which are all essential pieces to the puzzle of success. If you are in the struggle, embrace it. If you are hiding from it, go find it. And if you don’t think you need it, that’s when you need it the most. The path to your dreams is built on reality, and paved by the struggle, so take every step with pride, and go get what you’re really here for. – CPT Ryan
October 30, 2017

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Life Unmasked

Whether it’s the goals we want to achieve, a life we see for ourselves, or simply wanting to escape our current situation, our minds can often get away from where we’re at and who we are. We become so focused on where we want to be, and all of the problems just getting there could solve for us, we start covering up who we are in order to fit the narrative of that place we see in our mind. This can all lead to feeling perpetually unfulfilled as you start obtaining the “what” without understanding your “why”.
“Wherever you go, there you are” as Confucius put it. Or in other words, you can run, you can hide, and you can fake the funk all you want, but at the end of the day, no matter where you are and what you do, it’s still you behind that mask, waiting for you to face yourself. Chase your dreams, pursue your goals, and work like hell to improve your situation, but don’t just do it to run from yourself. Do it to confront yourself.
Live your life unmasked, free yourself from the façades, and start dealing with who, what, and where you are so you can start becoming who you want to be, doing what you’re meant to do, where you want to do it. You can escape the people, places, and things, but you can never escape yourself. So why try? You are always going to be there. So you might as well get used to yourself, because you can never be happy with where you are, until you can learn to embrace who you are. – CPT Ryan
October 23, 2017

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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.
October 9, 2017

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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

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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 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