There is an old saying that goes “No Guts, No Glory”. Is it cliche to utter this phrase these days? I don’t know, maybe it is on the cusp of being outdated and overused.
What I do know, is that it is a truth. It is as real as gravity. It is an incontrovertible law of the universe, and anybody wanting to crush life and achieve greatly needs to live by it.
If you find yourself on some high mountain top, not playing by the rules of gravity, not respecting it, it will lead to a loss of life.
Like gravity, if a person is trying to bring a dream or goal into reality, but doesn’t respect the law of risk, it will lead to a loss of more than life. It will lead to a loss of time, resources, effort, and spirit.
Glory will always be off in the distance, if we don’t take the risks necessary to bring us closer to it. If you don’t challenge your boundaries, if you don’t take the risks needed to move forward, you will stagnate. Like a tree, if we are not growing, we are dying.
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Early in my professional career I had what every young aspiring professional usually wants, especially right after graduating from college. For starters, I was offered employment before my last semester had even officially ended.
Just three days after I walked the stage at my Alma mater, I found myself employed as a contractor with the U.S. Department of Defense. The job was in an entirely new city, which added a sense of adventure. And I was getting paid quite handsomely.
Astonishingly, just two years later, I would find myself working in an even bigger city, with a ‘hipper’ company, and a cushier job, all the while receiving an even larger pay check (40% higher). One would think such outcomes would lead to higher levels of happiness and fulfillment for a person.
Oddly; this was not the case for me. I had this nagging feeling inside of me at the time. It was this internal sense that I wasn’t living up to my potential. I just wasn’t fulfilled with what I was doing. Maybe you can relate.
It was around the end 2014 when I decided to sign up for my very first obstacle course race (also known as an OCR). I decided to sign up for the Spartan Race in particular, because I heard from friends how amazingly difficult it was while at the same time, being extremely fulfilling if completed.
It sounded a lot like life, difficult at times, but extremely fulfilling during and at the end of the journey.
So, I made up my mind one night to sign up for and participate in the most grueling, physically challenging OCR race on the planet.
As luck would have it, signing up was actually one of the best things I did for my life at the time. When I signed up I was 33, had one kid and another on the way, while struggling to get my new internet startup up and running. You could say that life seemed pretty stressful at the time.
On top of the stress, I wasn’t exercising as routinely as I’d liked. I was consuming unhealthy food regularly, and in general, I just wasn’t feeling very inspired, and life was seemingly getting the best of me.
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Fear can have a huge impact on how our lives’ turn out. It can limit us from living a happy fulfilled life. Fear can keep us from success, it can keep us from fulfillment; it can keep us from becoming our best self.
It’s an unfortunate fact that many of us go through our days, allowing ourselves to live with a lack of confidence. We allow ourselves to be defeated by our fears.
We let fear conquer us, when we let it keep us from applying for our dream jobs. When we let fear hinder our ability to take action on starting that big life-changing project we’ve been meaning to launch, we lose to fear as well . We also lose to fear when we let it discourage us from approaching that person who might have been our one true love, our ideal partner, our soulmate. Regrettably, we all too often allow fear to be the driver in our lives.
When we let our fears dictate what we do, we pay a price.
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I recently came across an older, but still relevant article the other day that suggested that the key to happiness was self-control.
I was struck by the article; particularly because it had brought to light a different key to happiness than I’ve been accustomed to hearing for most of my life: The kind of secrets to happiness that we are all pretty much accustomed to hearing, you know; be more grateful, be present, get some supportive friends, have some goals to aspire to, focus on your health, or make more money.
The article I read was published by the Atlantic, and was essentially a synopsis of a study conducted in 2013 by Wilhelm Hoffman and a team of researchers at the University of Chicago. The research was published in the Journal of Personality, so if you are interested in…
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Are you ready to become a modern day conqueror? No, not the kind that plunders and takes over other countries, the other kind. The kind that can overcome, surmount, and defeat anything that life throws your way.
Are you prepared to learn about some simple, yet powerful tactics that you can use to live a victorious life? If you said yes, you must also be ready to put any excuses you may be holding onto aside, and be open to pushing through your doubts on a heroic level.
If you want to become a giant in your life, a champion, a conqueror, then please keep reading.
Quick disclaimer: I had two bowl-sized cups of Starbucks’ Espresso Roast prior to writing this post, so brace yourself. I am not yelling at you, I am merely encouraging you…enthusiastically.