Everyone loses their way.
When we feel defeated, fucked, broken, shot, helpless,
We need to look to our elders, be unselfish, and reassess what our self is.
Get back on our feet and be shelters for others, while we preach what they spelt
Out for us, it’s easy as algebra, grab a sword and shield and change the world is the outcome for us.
To be indefinitely determined to destroy fear.
Fuck fear. Steer straight through our worst to be clear, minded. They’re here to tell us that we can find it:
The life that was grandiosely designed for us.
Kindness, peace of mind, and time to listen,
Gives shine to young minds who are tryin’ to glisten.
Sometimes we go broke, sometimes we die.
But at the end of the book, we always will fly.
Never put anyone on a higher pedestal than yourself — ever. KNOW YOUR WORTH. Believe your worth. No one is greater or more worthy than You.
People who allow themselves to be controlled willingly give up their power to others. People will use you. Hurt you. Manipulate you and take you along for THEIR ride…but no one can take your power unless you let them. No one on this damn Earth can control you once you’ve empowered yourself with courage, discipline, responsibility, and most importantly, SELF RESPECT.
When times are tough, keep going. Never settle. Believe that God has greater plans for you and that eventually, everything will all make sense.
by Chris Garafola, Founder of Stop Breathe Bump.
“Life is too short for bad music.”
There were once four brothers. They were a tight knit group and they always promised that when they grew older, they would have their way with the world. They always worked hard, training and planning for the future. They were led by their brother Weston. Weston always lived with the certain fire inside of him. Hell, you could feel the heat if you were close enough. He pushed the other brothers to always try their best and to push their limits. There was no being lazy. Weston did whatever it took to get them in training. They engaged in competitive games and business propositions. They built their mental and physical strength. They improved their skills and challenged each other to be better. They lived with purpose and they were happy because of the progress they made. There was a certain magic in what Weston created for those 3 brothers.
As they grew older, Weston was shipped off to prep school. One cold, wintery night, Weston and his friend, Michael D’Amico were walking to the convenience store. A drunk driver came up behind them and blindsighted them both in the back in the quiet town of Holderness, NH. When Wes and Mike died, the 3 brothers got together and vowed to continue chasing the dream that was originally imagined by the 4. It has been over 10 years since Weston has died, but the 3 brothers still strive to accomplish their magnificent mission. The 3 brothers truly believe that he is here, watching over them. Although tragic, from Wes’ death came a strong bond between a large group of people he affected. Great souls from everywhere came to become part of the family that is destined to change the world. This is 44Life.
Ignore personal change, and you too can be blissfully unaware of all you could be.
This island village had a dream to become football Champions. Their village is built on water, with no land to play, so they had many obstacles in front of them.
Sometimes, with a little magic, a disadvantage can turn into an advantage. It’s often not about where you came from, but where your dreams are taking you. Close your eyes, open your mind, and become your vision.
Stay true to you, and do what you do.
Change is hard. Just the thought of waking up at 5am to run causes most to cringe. Since the idea isn’t attractive in their minds, they tend to avoid it. To make change sustainable, I find the crucial behaviors that lead to progress must be desirable for people to continue doing them. So instead of run at 5am, run after a ball with friends. Make games/set small goals/have fun with your crucial behaviors you need to develop. By tricking your mind into doing something fun, chores become pleasurable and success becomes inevitable. Friends always help. Find a core group of individuals with similar goals as you and work together to make progress more palateable.
I enjoy studying legendary people who started from the bottom and whose wildest dreams have come true. I find their paths to success fascinating, and I have constantly wondered for as long as I can remember what makes one man more capable than the next. When I study the commonalities amongst greats, one trait stands out to me more than any other: mental toughness. The ability to endure mental and physical pain by passionately focusing on the ultimate goal is difficult and rare.
I wonder if these unique individuals were born with this skill or if it something they acquired. How can each one of us work to strengthen our mental toughness each day? Not dissimilar from physical training, practice and pushing ourselves enables us to go a little farther, be a little better, and accomplish a little more each day. Our tolerance for pain goes up, and what we considered impossible previously becomes the ordinary and expected.
Each day, we have the ability to focus our energy on anything we choose. Of course we have jobs, children, obligations, and responsibilities. These are unavoidable, but there are still moments in the day when we have time to ourselves. Wouldn’t training our minds to get more out of the finite energy we have be a wise investment? If we can learn to absorb the stresses and failures of life more effectively, wouldn’t this lead us to living fuller and happier lives?
This Forbes article outlines six elements of mental toughness that one can develop in order to become more mentally tough. If you’d like, try consciously implementing one or two in your day-to-day to see if it has a positive effect.
“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.”
– Bill Russell