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February 19, 2018

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Prove Your Potential

Nobody is going to do it for you. There always comes a point where you are going to have to do it yourself. People may see potential in you, they may see talent in you, they may see a future for you beyond your wildest dreams. And while that which others see in us makes us feel good, it’s not getting us anywhere. You’re never going to actually be what other people have the foresight to see in you, until you’re willing to prove your potential through personal action.
Proving potential to yourself is a uniquely individual task. You can have a team, coach, or loved one push you, and those people will be essential in your journey to success, but in the end, the livelihood of your potential rests squarely on your shoulders. Its pulse needs a plan, its reality requires risk, and its future needs your unwavering follow through. Most of all, it needs YOU. Success isn’t going to just walk up and tap you on the shoulder because you look like a good candidate; more likely, it will walk up, punch you in the gut, and take your lunch money until the day you decide to get your shit together and fight back.
Maybe the process will involve taking blind leaps forward, or maybe you’ll have to take a few steps back, or even start from scratch altogether, but either way, the decision to act is on you. Potential creates opportunity, opportunity calls for action, and action forms a reality which then creates the potential for opportunity. Sew the seeds of confidence from what people see in you, with the vision of a life you see for yourself, and create a blueprint of how you plan to combine the two into a reality which has always been waiting for you to arrive.
-CPT Ryan
August 28, 2017

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Opportunity of the Underdog

What is it about the underdog that captures our imagination? What is it about the person who shouldn’t even be in the arena, who, despite the odds, choses to step in anyway and roll the dice? Through success and failure, the underdog gives us unabashed inspiration and hope, because through their eyes we see our own doubts and insecurities momentarily melt away, as our eyes open to what can be accomplished by a vision and dedication unhindered by fear and failure.
The underdog will always operate at maximum capacity, because they have to. They have willingly chosen to place their back against the wall, check their ego, and be overtaken with the obsessive motivation of proving the world wrong. They have found comfort in their role, and would rather live there than at the peak of the mountain. So as they summit one challenge, they instantly look for the next climb of insurmountable odds. It is all about risk, humility, and survival, culminating in a grit that far exceeds perceived potential.
Step into the role of the underdog. Instead of seeing it as a disadvantage, start seeing it as an opportunity. If you are succeeding when everyone expects you to, then you really aren’t challenging yourself. Dare to chase success into the farthest reaches of impossibility, where the only thing between your back and the wall, is what you are truly made of. In the end, when the dust settles and arena falls silent, you will find that the lines between success and failure have blurred, and that which truly mattered is what being the underdog taught you about yourself. – CPT Ryan
August 14, 2017

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What Lies Beneath

Where and when do you find the best version of yourself? Society would have you believe your best version lives on the red carpet, where you are draped in only the finest clothing, garnished in the most expensive jewelry, sparkling under the flashes of a thousand cameras, and beloved by friends, family, and thousands of adoring followers. This belief has become so heavily ingrained in us, that we will do anything and everything possible just to prove to the outside world, and even ourselves, we have secured our spot on the coveted red carpet of life. Furthermore, we will hang on to that spot with reckless abandon, even at the cost of who we who we really are, what we really want, and reaching our full potential.
As vindicating as it may feel to show the world you have reached the pinnacle of self-development from the picture perfect stage of glitz and glam, where you have seemingly achieved everyone else’s wildest dreams and expectations, the very best version of you is lying somewhere beneath that red carpet, just dying to come out. The best of you will only be exposed when the carpet is pulled out from under you, where you can no longer depend on the clothes, the jewelry, the cameras, and supporters, to give you what you think you need in order to make you feel successful.
Sometimes the best thing that can ever happen is for you is to lose it all, when you are all of a sudden forced to see that the only person you need to depend on to find true happiness and fulfillment in this life is yourself. If you can’t depend on yourself, that means you have to depend on everything, and everyone, else in order to fill in the gap. Don’t be afraid to pull the carpet out from under your life sometimes in order to find the way back to yourself, because it’s not the fall from it we fear, it’s what we will find underneath. – CPT Ryan