Take control, don’t take what life gives us, instead we dictate what we get from life. There is no point waiting around for something to happen, its time to get out and make things happen. it’s our choice!
We close out another year and usher in a new decade. All of us tend to make resolutions on New Year’s day and yet how many of us follow through? We often give up within a month, why? Change is hard, leaving our comfort zone is not easy, does it mean we do not want to improve our lives? We all have dreams and aspirations, but are we willing to put in the work that it will take to reach them? If we want something bad enough, we will make the time, find the funds, be consistent and throw away the excuses.
How many times in your life have you told yourself that something was impossible to do, yet you ended up accomplishing it? We all have the ability to make the impossible possible. It comes down to mindset. If you believe you cannot do something, you won’t be able to do it.
If instead, you have an unwavering belief that you will reach your goal, you will.
There is an author that I have admired since I was a little boy. To date, he has sold over 300 million books in many different languages. He was even a favorite of Presidents like Ronald Reagan.
He was never a book critic favorite, but he nevertheless could produce books that people would read. He wrote over 100 novels and 250 short stories in his lifetime, passing away in June of 1988. He never went to college and in fact, he only ever made it to the 10th grade. Times were hard, so he had to quit school and begin working to support himself and his family. He might not have had any formal training after that, but he read as many books as he could get his hands on.
He was a professional boxer at times, a trainer, a merchant seaman, and an officer in World War II. He held so many jobs that I could not even begin to list them all here. He later used this vast experience and the knowledge of the people, landscape, and history to fill his books.
He had no formal training, he just sat down and wrote. The man was Louis Lamour, who today is mostly known for his Western books.
People around him early on urged him to get into a career that would pay so he would have something in life. He believed that he could accomplish what everyone told him could not be done.
Deep down we have to believe that we can do what we set out to do no matter our situation or what others tell us.
You have your own unique ability to do what most people will tell you is impossible.
Throughout my life, I always felt that I could do anything that I worked hard enough towards. I directed my energies in the wrong direction many times, but I did complete what I set out to do.
My main problem was I would take short cuts. I was willing to do whatever it took to get to where I wished to be. This works on the short term, but it has long-term effects and nothing is on solid ground. In a society where there is so much emphasis on the outcome and reward it is easy to fall into that trap.
I decided that I wanted to fight an MMA bout years ago and my coach told me that I would have to fight at 145 lbs, which was much lighter than I walked around. He based it on my height, body type, strength and skill set. I thought he was kidding because even in high school I was never that small. I doubted I could get that low. The good thing was that I was in a good gym and we had many fighters that passed through. One of those was a fighter named Cub Swanson. Cub was getting ready for a fight and he was cutting weight. We all rolled with him and trained hard. Cub was going to fight at 145 lbs at the end of the week and yet he was stronger and bigger than me. Cub made weight and won his fight. After watching Cub make weight, I knew that it was possible for me.
My time came and with the help of two fighters: Tim and Arian, I was able to make weight.
I learned that I could lean out and I learned that I could stay fit and strong while weighing less.
We can never forget that what seems today impossible will only be so until we complete it. If others have done, it so can you. If you have the courage and drive there will never be anything out of your reach.
There was a man who died 1,983 years ago who was only actively teaching for 3.5 years, yet today 2.2 billion people claim to follow his teachings. When he was alive he had 1/1000 of a percent of the Roman population following him. In just a few centuries 56 percent of Romans were believers. That man is Jesus. His story would seem impossible, yet here we are today.
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 17:20 For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
Jeremiah 32:17 ‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.