Motivation is great. I think of it as the initial building block of success, that spark to ignite the fire of passion which smolders inside all of us. However, it can only take us so far. You can read as many books and watch as many videos as you want, but what will be there to take its place once the flames begin to dwindle and we slowly sink back into our monotonous routines and self-destructive habits?
Discipline. Our journeys to success start with motivation, with that spark, and end with us reaching our goals. But there’s a lot of space in-between the two. A space full of a lot of difficult, not-so-fun things. That’s where self-discipline comes in. Disciplining ourselves, hardwiring our minds for success. Suddenly, the menial tasks seem less menial, the stressful times more manageable, for we have something else pushing us forward.
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“It’s so easy to be great nowadays because most people are weak.” – David Goggins; ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete and former Navy SEAL.
I didn’t hear these words until just a few days ago when I stumbled upon an interview conducted by Tom Bilyeu on David Goggins, and you can find it here. Continue reading “It’s Easy To Be Great; Here’s Why”
One hundred! It still feels like only yesterday I’d stumbled across a site called “WordPress” and decided to make a blog since it was the middle of a hot summer day and I was bored. Continue reading “Pulling the Weeds out of Your Life – 100th Blog Post Special!”
One thing I’ve always found challenging is maintaining my motivation. Motivation is great for getting us started, but eventually it wears off, and so does our enthusiasm with it. Continue reading “Ponderings – Climbing”
If you were to take a spyglass and look out across the ocean as you set sail on your great voyage, you would no doubt see darkened skies ahead, casting an ominous shadow over choppy, swirling waters, all looming in the distance, threatening to throw you off course, threatening to capsize you. And they very well may; the wind may blow at your sails from all different directions, a rogue wave may suddenly approach and throw you overboard.
But do not despair. Though your vessel may float on the water’s surface in pieces around you, you can still grab hold of a part of the wreckage and paddle yourself to shore. And if that is stripped from you, you can always swim. As long as there is land in sight, you can always find a way to make it ashore.
Unless you can’t swim. In that case, I hope you’re a fast learner.
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Ideas solve problems, become inventions, cure diseases, build cities, make discoveries, write books, sing songs. They are the foundation of our lives and make the world go ’round. Yet if always kept enclosed in the confines of our minds, if never shared, never acted upon, they will surely come with us to the graveyard as just that: an idea.
Our greatest struggle when facing the upward trudge towards our goals is often not the journey itself, but the first step. What we fail to remember is that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, while an object at rest will almost certainly stay at rest indefinitely. Unless of course, an outside force were to act upon it.
So perhaps the question you must ask yourself is: What will that force be for you?
Did you know that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil can cause a tornado in Texas? Continue reading “The Butterfly Effect”
We spend so much of our time worrying and obsessing over being heard and leaving a mark on the world. Why not instead focus on living on our own terms, creating the life we envisioned, and not caring whether or not we’re talked about for years after we’re gone?
Coincidentally, that’s exactly how those before us left their marks.
There’s nothing extraordinary about life. Nothing unusual or amazing about being alive, about existing. Billions have done it in the past, billions are doing it as I type these words, and billions more will do it long after this post is written. What’s so special about something that everyone else is doing, that they’ve been doing their whole lives? Continue reading “There’s Nothing Extraordinary About Life”