Friday, September 23, 2016

Nothing happens unless first we dream.

It has been a long time since I have posted on here...I couldn't even remember my password!  I'm back, at least for today.  :)  I recently saw this 5 minute video.  It was relatable to all athletes, but it was specific to gymnastics - the sport that started it all for me.  Gymnastics taught me discipline, passion, and the power of dreaming and working towards those dreams.  Gymnastics taught me to control my emotions and to not let fear win.  This video hit home, I watched it a second and a third time so that I could write down the words.... and I just have to share:

“Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.  And that will make all the difference.

Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone elses life. Don’t be trapped by dogma.  Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice.. You’ve got to find what you love. 

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle.  Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.  They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

But you’re gonna have some ups and youre gonna have some downs.  Most people give up on themselves easily, you know the human spirit is powerful?  There’s nothing as powerful, it’s hard to kill the human spirit.  Anybody can feel good when they have their health, their bills are paid they have happy relationships.  Anybody can be positive then, anybody can have a larger vision then, anybody can have faith under those kinds of circumstances. 

The real challenge of growth – mentally, emotionally, and spiritually comes when you get knocked down.  It takes courage to act.  Part of being hungry when you’ve been defeated - it takes courage to start over again. 

Fear kills dreams.  Fear kills hope.  Fear puts people in the hospital.  Fear can age you.  It can hold you back from doing something that you know within yourself that you are capable of doing.  But it will paralyze you. 

At end of your feelings is nothing.  But at the end of every principle is a promise.  Behind your little feelings – there might not be absolutely nothing behind your little feelings,  but behind every principle is a promise.  And some of you in your life – the reason you’re not at your goal right now- because you’re just all about your feelings. 

You don’t feel like waking up – who does? Every day you say no to your dreams you may be pushing your dreams back a whole six months, a whole year.  That one single day.  That one day you didn’t get up could have pushed your stuff back I don’t know how long. 

Don’t allow your emotions to control you.  We are emotional, but you want to begin to discipline your emotions.  If you don’t discipline and contain your emotions, they will use you.  You want it.  And you’re going to go all out to have it.  It’s not going to be easy. But if you’re serious, you’ll go all out.  I’m in control here.  I’m not gonna let this get me down, I’m not gonna let this destroy me.  I’m coming back and I’ll be stronger and better because of it. 

You have got to make a declaration.  That this is what you stand for.  You’re standing up for your dreams, you’re standing up for peace of mind, you’re standing up for health.  Take full responsibility for your life.  Accept where you are.  And the responsibility that you are going to take yourself where you want to go

You can decide that "I’m going to live each day as if it were my last."  Live your life with passion.  With some pride.  Decide that you are going to push yourself.  The last chapter of your life has not been written yet.  It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday.  It doesn’t matter what happens to you….what matters is, what are you gonna do about it?

This year I will make this goal become a reality.  I won’t talk  about it any more.  I can. I can. I can."

If you know me well, you know that something happened when I crossed that finish line at Ironman Boulder this year.  I let myself down, but a fire ignited in me the second I finished that race.  This video hit home.  No more talking about it, I am ready to put in the work, be patient, and make the sacrifices.  I CAN. 

It's a good day to go chase your dreams!  Happy Friday! :) 

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