February 27, 2017
A Letter To The Team
Dear Haters. We see you, we hear you, and we know you. We know you don’t really mean what you say. We know what you say is really a cry for help with your insecurities. We know our self-confidence, our plan, our grind, and our purpose make you uncomfortable. We know all you are trying to say is you wish you had the courage to expose your hopes and dreams to the world, and relentlessly pursue them with laser focus and steadfast vision like we do. We get it, and you have our sincerest thanks and gratitude.
Dear Naysayers. We see you too. We can assure you we have taken your concerns into account, and that we are fully prepared to fail in the pursuit of possibilities. We know your opinions are merely based in a deep rooted appreciation for what may go wrong. It’s okay you can’t see what we see when we close our eyes and envision a future without limits. We get it. And we can’t really blame you, our goals sound crazy to us sometimes too. But we really want to thank you as well for all you have done for us.
And Dear Motivation. Don’t worry. We know sometimes you don’t know what will give you life. We know sometimes you won’t be able to make it out to the grind with us. We know there will be times we will even have to fake your existence for you. But take solace in the fact that the Haters and the Naysayers have your back. They are standing by, ready and willing to breathe new life into you in your darkest hours. When we are getting started, they will be there. When we fall short, they will be there. When we epically fail, they will be there too. And when we are inches from the finish line, not really sure if we will make it, that’s when they will be cheering us on the loudest. Reminding us why we embarked on this journey together to begin with. Reminding us what it would look like if we didn’t go out on a limb and chase after something we couldn’t see. And reminding us how vindicating it will feel when we finally break through all the hurdles and hit our mark.
And when we succeed…they will definitely be there, because that’s when we will need them the most. They just want to make sure we aren’t getting cocky, or arrogant, or resting on our laurels. They want to remind us there are no plateaus, that there will always be another level to go to, and reviving that hunger to succeed we felt when we first started. We won’t get a moment’s rest, not on their watch, for they live to push us to greatness. We’re an interesting team, the Haters, the Naysayers, Motivation and I…and I wouldn’t want it any other way. – CPT Ryan
February 13, 2017
So Fresh & So Clean
There is no such thing as a bad time to make a fresh start. Sometimes we think that a fresh start is an all or nothing game, which can intimidate us into not taking action at all. A fresh start doesn’t mean you have to wipe the slate clean, leave everything you have come to know, and set out on some unprecedented adventure which could leave you with less than what you started with. A fresh start can begin one weakness at a time, one new habit at a time, one day at a time, or even one year at a time.
A fresh start is a simple commitment to changing something you consistently do so that the cumulative result is a positive and permanent reinvention of yourself. Don’t get caught up in the past, don’t adhere to your labels or prior failures, and don’t worry about whatever your reputation may or may not be. Your fresh start lives and dies with a solemn belief in your character, which is holding true to the values you know represent you, and everything else is merely what other people think.
Fend off the intimidation of a fresh start with a plan of action which focuses on what is important right now, with a clear perspective as to how you are going create a cumulative change in the future. Open yourself up to what needs to change in order for you to reach your purpose, and make it your purpose to open yourself up to change. Create an unrelenting momentum one improvement at a time, with a respect for the past but not a focus on it, and start fresh today because “Ain’t nobody dope as me, I’m dressed so fresh, so clean.” – Outkast-CPT Ryan