May 22, 2017
Shadow Of A Doubt
I’ve been a little off lately, so I need you to doubt me. I’ve been feeling tired, drained, and run down, so help me out and just doubt me. I’ve been questioning the path I’m on, the choices I’ve made, and committing self-sabotage, so all I need you to do is doubt me. I’m starting to think maybe I’m not good enough, smart enough, in shape enough, or as good as the competition, so please, I am begging you, just doubt me. And I’m beginning to lose faith in my dreams, my vision, my passion, and my plan, so just do me a favor…and doubt me.
Doubt me now so I can rekindle that fire I once had when I first set out on my journey. Doubt me so I can stop focusing on my own self-doubt, and start focusing on proving you wrong. Doubt me so I will go back to the grind of working day and night, fueled by the fatigue of outworking you, while I forge my new reality. And tell everyone else you know to go ahead and start doubting me too, because eventually I’m going to get tired of proving just you wrong. So pack them in all the way up to the nosebleeds and give them some popcorn, I’m gonna need an audience for this one.
Sometimes I get mixed up and start thinking I need your approval more than I need your doubt. Then I remember how little I accomplish when the cards are all stacked in my favor, and everyone is in my corner telling me how great I am. Your approval won’t get me that extra inch, step, mile, or rep. It won’t give me that competitive edge or that chip on my shoulder. And it certainly won’t keep me going when I’m exhausted, broken down, and just want to quit. But your doubt will. So hand it over, I’ve got stuff to do, and I don’t want to leave any doubt that I’m going to get it done. – CPT Ryan
May 15, 2017
Empower Your Power
You are powerful beyond belief. You are powerful beyond your own belief, and more importantly you are powerful beyond the belief of others. You are so powerful you can guide the future, adapt from the past, and mold the present. You have the power to create reality from thought, and to change reality through action. Your power can even extend beyond your own life, and empower someone else’s, who will undoubtedly go on to empower the life of another, and another, and so on, effectively changing the course of history.
Your mere existence is a miracle which required, at a minimum, the innate and instinctual will to live and survive against all odds. So don’t tell me you can’t fight anymore, you can’t push any harder, or that you have lost belief in yourself and your purpose. Don’t tell me you are being held back by someone else’s lack of belief in you, or that they are holding you back from chasing your dream. And definitely don’t tell me you are powerless to exert your will over your environment, over your reality, your naysayers, or shortcomings. It’s simply not true, because you were born to overcome so much more.
You woke up this morning, which is proof positive that your will to survive is fully intact. We aren’t given much in this life, but the one thing we are given is the power to guide it, survive it, and act upon it. You have lived to fight another day on purpose, because there are still goals you haven’t reached, limits you haven’t pushed, lives you haven’t touched, and haters you haven’t silenced. Empower your power by believing in its existence. Raise it from its dormancy, and let it breath into all that you do. Fuel it with adversity, grow it through accomplishment, and let it live long after your gone by imparting it on to the world while you’re here. But it all has to start with you…believe it or not.