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February 5, 2018

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Perspective Check

It’s easy to get caught in the perpetual rut of feeling as though things are headed in the wrong direction, that they can’t get much worse, and that you’re nothing more than a helpless passenger on this sinking ship, clipping every iceberg as it navigates the murky waters of negativity. Although it may seem like an exercise in futility, it is essential to put yourself in your place, and remember that somebody, somewhere, not only has it worse than you, but so much so that it’s borderline unfathomable to think it can get that bad.
Somebody, somewhere, right this second, is experiencing epic tragedy, insurmountable hardship, and they are up against astronomical odds. That is their reality. It was also their reality yesterday, last week, last year, and it will probably be their reality again tomorrow. That also means despite the circumstances of their reality, they chose to get up and keep going, last year, last week, yesterday, today, and they will do it again tomorrow. So you know what? You can too.
Exercise your sense of perspective daily, as it’s probably the most valuable exercise you will do. Nobody walks this earth without becoming a victim of the world’s misfortune at some point, that’s just life. But there’s a difference between being the victim, and playing the victim, and if you’re playing the victim, you’re just playing yourself. Somebody…always…has it…worse. This is a fact. And they would kill to be in your shoes today, taking full advantage of all of your privilege and opportunity. Bad times are just as fleeting as the good times, but how you experience both is an exercise in perspective, just open your eyes.
-CPT Ryan
September 5, 2017

Seize the Vision

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