Fully Committed

When I commit to something, I follow through.

I committed to my education.

Bachelor of Science in Education

Master of Science in Accounting

I committed to passing tests.

Certified Math Teacher

Certified Public Accountant

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Certified Personal Trainer

Certified Group Fitness Instructor

I committed to my wife. We’ve been married for over six years. We were engaged for about two years. We’ve been together for a total of over thirteen years.

I’ve committed to my physical health and mental health. I’ve run four marathons. I exercise daily. I write daily. I read daily. I learn daily.

I’ve yet to commit to a job or business or career or whatever you want to call it.

That’s the missing piece. That’s the piece that keeps me up at night. It’s my Holy Grail. I want it.

Once I find it, and I will find it, watch out.

I know I’m driven. I know I’m motivated. I know when I commit, I’m a dangerous force to be reckoned with.

But I’m so hard on myself. I put so much pressure on myself.

Sometimes I feel worthless, useless, helpless, and hopeless. Sometimes I feel like I’m a waste of life.

I’m my own worst enemy. I’m my own biggest critic.

When you’re feeling down, look back and think about all you’ve accomplished, how far you’ve come, and all of the progress you’ve made.

The future is bright. The best is yet to come.

Competitive

Some industries and markets are extremely competitive and saturated.

I’m not sure it’s a good idea to enter these industries and markets without a clear-cut competitive advantage.

How will we distinguish and differentiate ourselves?

What makes us unique and special?

What separates us from the pack?

If we don’t have a good answer to these questions, we may struggle.

We only have so many family members and friends that can support us.

Our brand and reputation helps.

Being trustworthy, likable, and having a good personality helps.

Experience matters, but there are a lot of people with experience out there.

Being an expert and skilled helps, but there are other experts who are skilled out there.

Just because we like a product or service and use a product or service doesn’t mean it’s a good business or a good investment.

Just because we like an industry doesn’t mean it’s a good industry to be in.

We can do anything we put our mind to. Where there is a will, there is a way.

But is entering a competitive arena without a clear advantage smart?

What can we do differently? What is our advantage?

Be creative. Think outside the box.

What’s the best use of our time? Where’s the most upside?

We Play to Win the Game

I will not stick to a broken game plan.
I will make adjustments.

I will not run a play I know won’t work.
I will scan the field and audible at the line.

I may be down.
I will make a comeback.

I will change on the fly.
I will come out on top at the end of the game.

It may not be pretty, but I will win.

Common Sense Rules

Needs before wants.

Must-haves before nice-to-haves.

Essentials and necessities before luxuries.

Basic before fancy.

Navigation System, GPS

We’re built with an inner navigation system.

We’re built with GPS. It’s hardwired.

We know when we’re on the right route. We can feel it inside.

We will make wrong turns in life. We will take wrong roads.

Rely on our inner GPS to recalculate our route, reroute us, and redirect us.

Our GPS will get us back on course.

Navigate life to the best of our ability. Use the tool we’ve been born with.

Trust our GPS. It’s real time. It knows best.

Endgame

The endgame hasn’t changed. The route has.

That’s all you got?

When life punches us in the face and knocks us down, get back up and say “That’s all you got?”

Don’t give up. Keep fighting.

Safe and Preventative

I’ve been vaccinated. I still wear a mask when I go into stores. Not because I’m scared. Because it’s not worth risking my health. It’s not even worth taking a chance.

It’s simple to put a mask on. It takes near zero time and effort. I feel safer. And I’m being respectful of others.

Whether it’s taking a day off from running, going to the doctor or dentist for a routine checkup, or getting some extra rest and sleep when I’m tired, I will continue to be proactive when it comes to taking care of myself and my health.

I’d rather be safe and preventative than sorry. It’s smart.