Negative on being negative

Honestly, it’s been a bad day for me today. I received some bad news that is going to impact me and my family for a while financially. I cannot change it. I can’t fix it. It is what it is.

I could sit and let the bad news, the negativity consume me. In the distant past, I would have used it as an excuse to get intoxicated. I handle it differently now. I seek out positivity when surrounded by negativity. In my search for positivity today I found the following and thought it was worthy of a share. Enjoy.

Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, in a commencement speech to Kenyon College on pursuing what matters:

Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.

You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.

To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.

Be the hardest person to kill

“Every time you train, train with the motivation and purpose that you will be the hardest person someone ever tries to kill.” – Tim Kennedy

I am relatively certain that I’ve posted that quote before. If so the reason I am thinking about it today is because of a question that was asked in a job interview I had today.

The interviewer asked, “What have you done to train for this position?”

My response was “Besides me already doing a job that is similar and my years of experience doing the job that I am applying for I strength train every day so I don’t get dead.”

Ignore the bad grammar. That was meant to add a little humor to a serious subject. I workout and train every day because if I don’t I could die doing what I do. Apprehending criminals especially in the circumstances I do it in can be dangerous. If I’m not at 100% physically or mentally I could get overpowered and taken down. That’s the reality. So I train hard so that doesn’t happen.

As people that read this blog and might enjoy fitness, you might not work in those conditions. Your motivation may be something entirely different. I want you to think about something though. If you were in a situation where your life depended on your ability to defend yourself would you survive? If you can’t answer that with 100% certainty that you could, train harder. You never know if and when you could be in that type of situation. I want you to win if you are.

Be the hardest person to kill.


Motivation Monday! 8-24-2020

For most of you, Monday is the start of the workweek. For me, it is usually a day off. Either way, let’s kick Monday off right with a little motivation! Here are some of my favorite memes (pictures with text so that’s a meme right?) to get us started!

(Images are copyright whoever made them. Please don’t sue me. I have nothing. 🙂 )

Fail better

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. ~ Samuel Beckett

I first heard this quote on the television show Criminal Minds around the same time I decided to quit drinking. As I was putting my life back together after I did quit and I was learning how to become human again the words and meaning of them applied to what I was experiencing during that time. I say ‘become human’ because I literally had to relearn a lot of things I was taught as a child such as bathing and eating regularly.

Not everything I was doing to become human again was working. It was a process of trial and error. I had a lot of errors during that time but even though they were errors I was at least trying to make progress and moving in a direction that success could be achieved. That’s what mattered and still matters to this day.

Failures can lead to success but you must first put out the effort to fail or succeed. Always remember to never give up!

Nana korobi, ya oki

“Nana korobi, ya oki” is a Japanese proverb that means “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” Some people on the internet argue that if you fall down seven times and get back up each time you will only be standing up seven times. I say if you are already standing when you fall so you will be standing for the eighth time. Regardless the point is as long as that every time you fall in life you continue to get back up you are winning. Are you winning today?

A Good Oprah Quote

I don’t usually quote Oprah but when I do I use this one.

If you’re sitting around waiting on somebody to save you, to fix you, to even help you, you are wasting your time because only you have the power to take responsibility to move your life forward. The sooner you get that, the sooner your life gets into gear.

When I was laying in bed five years ago detoxing from all the prescription drugs and alcohol that I was addicted to I was alone. I had no one. I was the only one that could fix me. I made it happen.

The power to evolve is in all of us. Tap into it and do it.