One of my favorite moments is sitting down over a hot cup of coffee with a friend and listening to them tell me of their most ambitious dreams. Months later, I find that no steps have been taken to realize that dream. Or maybe a few have, but then... you know... life happened. The motivation ran out.Read More
There is a constant war being waged in your mind. A war between your wants and your needs. Armies of voices in your head will tell you that you need to turn off the alarm and lay back down. But don't listen to them. Listen to the small voice in the back of your head that is whispering...
Get up.Read More
I am one of those people who loves things to be just so; I like my pens lined up in perfect rows on my desk and my coffee to be the (Okay, it's not that bad). Sometimes, this desire for perfection in everything I do tends to cause this enormous pile of content that I have created but haven't put out there to the world. I've got about a hundred ideas in my Evernote notebooks that are marinating, waiting for me to cross the t's and dot the i's before I let them breathe.
I've been trying to break this habit and, as a result, in the last eight months I have:
- Published a book
- Created a 24-page life-planning guide
- Launched this blog where I continue to publish content three times per week
- Began sending out a inspirational Newsletter once a week
- Backpacked Europe with my friend (our "plans" consisting of a tentative schedule of which countries we would hit in what order)
Questions and fears must be bombarding you right now. I know the feeling! Let's address a few of those concerns:Read More
Giving a pep-talk is something of an art form. A good pep-talk will leave you speechless (or grunting manly chants) but not weak. Your mind, heart, and soul will be emblazoned with a fiery desire to do... something. Anything, really. Some days, a good pep-talk is all we need to get our blood pumping, our creative juices flowing and our gears grinding.
WARNING: viewing the following videos may result in:
- Sprinting up a mountain
- Investing all of your money into volatile stocks
- Asking out that cute girl you've had your eye on
- Threatening a bully who is more than 3x your size
These pep-talks are chicken soup for the passionate soul.
Eat up, my friend.
Many of you reading this blog are recent graduates or soon-to-be graduates. But for those of you who are *ahem* familiar with the game of life, don't go away. These Commencement Addresses have both inspired and entertained me with the perfect mix of wisdom, wrapped up in humor.
You'll recognize the familiar faces of these speakers - they've become national icons and for good reason. Without further ado...Read More
Bad habits die hard and good habits come slowly. This is why it is important for us to begin small. Small tasks are generally easier to manage, don't take up too much time and aren't as intimidating. You're confident that you can complete this task with no sweat. Begin small, win small. This concept of small wins is a clever way to seduce our brains into committing to something that will turn into a much larger undertaking.
I once heard an example given for flossing your teeth. It's a hard habit to adopt - I've tried! But what if I commit to flossing one tooth per day. Just one.Read More
You know whenever you're looking at a map with no little arrow or friendly "You Are Here" marker? Without any initial orientation the map is basically useless to you. That is why I think it is important to be intentional and cognizant of who you are and who you are becoming. If we orient ourselves in the present by being introspective, by asking these questions and considering these ideas, we naturally become intentional about who we are growing into and where we are headed in life. To live in the present, we must think of the present.Read More