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Focus on Number One

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Day in and day out your focus on making sure things are running smoothly. At work and at home.

You focus on your goals and aspirations. You focus on ensuring you have things in place to accomplish them. You focus on the future and how you will spend that hard earned time.

But when are you focusing on you? Continue reading “Focus on Number One”

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Is Passion Dead?  

The definition of passion is a strong and barely controllable emotion.  I agree with that one hundred percent.  Passion can be greatest alley in our pursuit of our dreams.  Or it can be our worst enemy sabotaging our every desire for success.  But why?

Because it is true to its definition  You can barely control passion.  It can lead you to blindly going after things that you are not prepared for.  And that’s not a bad thing.

You know what dreams you want to make into achievable goals.  You have an idea what it will take to accomplish them.  So let’s manifest this passion into a controlled plan.  Let’s write these goals down and map it out.  These are steps to manifesting passion in a controlled environment.

I applaud your passion.  I applaud you wanting to be better in life.  It shows that passion is not dead.  But if you want to become successful, you must control it.  Success takes time.  So let your passion manifest your success.  All of this brings you one step closer to greatness.

-alv

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Be Your Own Hero

It’s ok to have people who you admire.  You listen or read their story and find things that match your life. You feel like you identify with them and they start to take on a different persona and you begin to idolize them. But be very careful about that.

Don’t idolize them. Don’t put them on an unearned pedestal. Don’t make them the center of your life.  We can admire their courage and will, but never idolize another living human being who walked this earth.

Be your own hero of your movie. Write your script daily and show up in top form.  Act this life out as if its your big break. Let the world admire your craft and you at the same time.  Make the ending a happy one and make it an adventure.

Be the hero.  The world is waiting.

-alv

Vide courtesy of Joe Rogan and Onnit.

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Invest in Number One

We invest in so much in our daily lives.  In our friendships.  In our relationships.  But how much are we investing in the most important part of our existence?   Ourselves.

When was the last time you picked up a book to broaden your mental capacity?  No matter what subject it is, read to grow your mind.

When was the last time you sat down with someone you have nothing in common with to learn about things outside your comfort zone?  You would be surprised what a fifteen minute conversation can do for both of you.

Invest in your physical being by walking, working out, or going to the park.  20 minutes a day can do wonders for your body over time. I am not telling you to run a marathon if you never ran a mile. Set a goal and gradually build up to it.

Meditation is something that has helped me for the past couple months.  I meditate for different lengths of time.  From one minute to ten minutes.  There is nothing like sitting still with a clear mind and focusing on nothing but your breath and the magnificent vessel that is your body.

Find a way to invest in yourself.  The world can wait.

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Live Your Truth  

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Life is hard.  That’s not a new revelation. What is difficult is living our truth. But what is that you say?  For each person, it is different and has a thousand different explanations and reasons.  What it is not is living a life that you despise.  Going through the motions of existence not caring what happens next.

Living our truth is knowing what you want and learning to consciously live them out each day  Knowing that you will not compromise on your values that you hold sacred.  I am not talking about your parent’s values.  I am talking about things that are important to you and help you live a better life.

You love to write, but you think that it will never be read by anyone  That’s not the point.  For me, writing is therapeutic.  It helps me to work through my vices and problems.  In the end, it is a necessary staple in my life. Some days my words reach others and make an impact. Some days they touch no one besides me.  That’s all that matters because to me words in black in white means more.

Living your truth is experiencing life to the fullest.  Doing things that bring happiness to you and strengthen your values. So go and center yourself in your convictions.  Work on them every single day and enjoy every second of living your truth.

-alv

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Keep going 

 

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Who would have guessed it?  Really.  Who would have thought that you would go back to school to finish that degree?  Who knew you were going to open up your own business?  Who knew I was going to retire from the military after so many years?  We both did.

We both knew that life was more than the comfort zones we incubated ourselves in.  We knew the constant pain of heartache and hopelessness.  When we felt like giving up and allowing our detractors to have the last word.  Saying they knew we would fail.

That was last year. That was the past.  We decided that we didn’t want to keep making the same mistakes and not learning the lesson.  We decided that we had to keep going and that nothing is achieved over night.

Today is Friday. One year later and we are not the same person at all.  You feel it and I do, too. We look back at last year this time and know we were on the right track.  But the job is not done.  Relish in your accomplishments for a few minutes.

Now let’s get back to work. We have a legacy to build.

-alv

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Come What May (Friday Focus)

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Happy Friday!  You know since the implementation of the modern work week people have always looked at Fridays the same.  The end of a tough week. I can hear the voice in your head, “If I can just get through this day  I will be alright.  But it never really works out that way does it? Continue reading “Come What May (Friday Focus)”

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Why Not?

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Why not?  Why can’t you become what you want?  Is it based on your upbringing that you are destined to fail while others succeed because of their family name?   Continue reading “Why Not?”

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Friday Focus

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How was your week?  Feeling a little overwhelmed?  Finally glad it’s over?  Well, I want you try something different.  Look at the picture and tell me what you see.  Do you see a elephant calm or one is distress? Honestly depending on your week you could see it either way.  I see the elephant as calm.  Not nervous and totally relaxed.  There is something about water. Continue reading “Friday Focus”