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fenced in from your dreams

If it were easy, you wouldn’t dream about it in the first place and everyone else would already have it. But you are not everyone. You are different. We may not know each other, but the fact that you’re reading this right now means you are the kind of person who won’t settle. You can always stop your journey whenever you want. It’s very easy… but you want more, don’t you.

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blue infinity symbol

“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How many of you thought I wasn’t going to meet my stated goal of 8 posts this month?

I’m sure there were at least a handful of you. This month presented a good opportunity to write about this topic, a time when I would be stretched so thin that I might actually fail and have every excuse to do so. But there are no excuses. It does not matter that I got sick twice this month, that I had to host 2 friends in my apartment from out-of-state, that I was doing continuing education, or going to a Tony Robbins seminar, that I was working more than I’ve ever worked in my entire life. When you decide on a personal standard, you must commit to it, no matter what. No exceptions. There is not a human being on this earth who has ever done anything of note without setting a personal standard and committing to it.

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A broken mirror

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
-Wayne Gretzky

I still remember it well…

Friday night. I’m in the middle of another move having just spent the last 5 hours assembling furniture, when Jake suggests a night on the town.

*****

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Japanese sword

There are 2 kinds of people: those who rule over their emotions, and those who are ruled by them. Being part of the latter group does not guarantee failure, but being part of the former does guarantee success.

Here’s the scenario. A high school boy has a crush on a high school girl. He takes a chance and asks her out. Because he’s not her type, or she still thinks boys have the cooties, or any infinite number of equally arbitrary reasons, she turns him down. Eventually, when his heart’s memory of rejection fades behind his heart’s vision of hope, he takes a chance with someone new. But his confidence is still shaken from his first experience. He acts hesitant. Timid. Fearful. And it ruins his ability to connect to the second girl. A second rejection causes him to throw down his sword and pick up a shield. Though he will inevitably try his luck throughout his life, he is not the same man. He stops taking risks, always playing it safe, and never really chasing after victory with an open heart. He has lost the warrior spirit inside himself because he has allowed his emotions to conquer him.

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A few minutes before midnight

For the most part, I subscribe to the philosophy of Look Before You Leap. Experience has shown that a single-minded focus on speed tends to result in many small achievements in the short term, while the achievement of long-lasting change is often quite time-consuming. However, there are occassions when we must instead pay homage to the maxim of Ready, Fire, Aim! Time may be scarce and you may only have a very small window with which to land an opportunity or evade certain disaster.

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