So you’re working hard and you’re doing your own thing. You know in your core you work harder than the vast majority of men. You’ve got plans in the works and you apply yourself with dedication and discipline. And you love your woman and you love your children like crazy. They’re lucky to have you.
But take a step back and be honest with yourself.
Are you the very best version of you?
The. Very. Best.
Are you consistently educating yourself? Are you physically lean and mean? Mentally and emotionally, are you on point? Have you quit all the shallow distractions you know you should quit? Are your financials where they should be? Do you get the respect and attention you deserve from your woman? Is it entertaining just to be you? Do you Enjoy Your Own Company?
In other words, are you walking around right now as your Ideal Self?
Or to put it more powerfully, are you walking around as the Force of Nature you were meant to be?
If so, then congratulations, you’re on your way to the High Country and justifying every breath you take. Perhaps I will see you there, if I can keep up.
But if you cannot honestly say you currently exist as a living, pulsating Force of Nature, then let me put forth a cold hard fact—
There’s a Whole Other Level.
Even though when you come home from work you’re tired and fed up, there is still a whole other level.
Even though you’ve taken a few hits and a bit of a beating over the years, there is still a whole other level.
And even though you think there’s no possible way you can do any more, there is still a whole other level.
At some point a man has to get fed up with himself, if he still wants to truly live; if there is still a fire that burns within.
The fact that you’ve read this far tells me there is indeed a fire that burns deep. It’s in there looking for a way out to greatness.
And the way out to greatness is find your Reason.
Until you find your Reason, you’ll remain where you are. All the same excuses and diversions will continue to get in the way unless you find your Why. There has to be something you can sink your teeth into; something that will harden your resolve to the point where you just won’t let go—ever.
For me, it was a Life Storm that set things on fire. I was blind sided. To be honest, I was surprised I was able to function. But the fact that I was, turned on the Light in my Soul. It dawned on me one day, I was more than I gave myself credit for—much more.
This was my Reason. I was leaving way too much on the table and it was a waste of potential. It was simply wrong. I’d been shown the Light and there was no way I could refuse to pursue it.
And I suspect it’s the same for all of us—
The same for you.
I would become the damn storm. I was going to go all out until my last day. I was going to push back in Righteous Defiance. For me this was the only Answer.
Find your Reason and then find your Answer.
Perhaps this can be your Reason as well: you’re simply not living up to your God given potential. It’s wrong and there’s no time to waste. Period.
And besides, what could be more exiting and worthy for a man than to pursue Personal Greatness?
And perhaps this—Personal Greatness—can be your Answer.
Think of the glory, benefit and Virtue that will come about by developing all the innate talents you’ve been given. What better way could there be to justify your life and exemplify sincere gratitude for every breath you take?
Find your Reason and then find your Answer.
You don’t have to do it all at once. All that matters is that you Burn the Bridge Behind You, pick something and get started.
For me it was getting back to my prime weight and hardening my physique. I was 30 pounds overweight and on the way to 60.
It dawned on me one day that I do have 100% control over what I put in my mouth. I made it that simple. I was willing to be as hungry as I had to be to get back to my prime. I got angry and I would not be denied. All it took was a little planning and some discipline and 6 months later I was there. Done.
That accomplishment set the tone and set the foundation. I took and idea and made it real. I would not be denied and I knew it. And I would do the same with the rest of my life.
Along the way I took a look at everything:
- Home and vehicle
- My business
And then for all of the above I created a Vision for my Ideal Self.
How would I handle each of these as a Raging Force of Nature?
This blog is one of the byproducts, where I write about what I’m thinking, what I believe and what I’m doing. It’s a tool to sharpen the axe and hopefully it can become the same for you.
Now it’s your turn.
If you’re fed up with yourself and ready to make a run for the High Country, then make a damn decision.
Make a man’s decision—you will not be denied, period.
Done. End of story.
It doesn’t matter how hard or how long it takes, you will never stop and you will never quit. After all, you’ve already experienced the alternative by this point and you’ve had your fill.
If you should fall along the way, just get right back up and get back to it. Don’t expect to be perfect. And don’t punish yourself for failure. Just let it go and keep pressing forward; double down and keep going. Make this the answer every time.
Eventually you’ll turn the corner, overcome your bad habits and surpass your weaknesses. One day you will lock it in. Just keep taking action and telling your mind what it needs to hear. If you never quit then by definition you can’t fail.
By constantly getting back at it you will create momentum. Momentum is energy and this energy is the key; it will transform you. What used to be hard will become easy, so you will raise the bar and then keep paring away.
Eventually you will rack up a few wins. Belief will set in and it will light a fire. And that fire will turn everything into opportunity. Everything will become a chance to get better. All the implicit Virtues that never really mattered will now have tremendous meaning. Principle over preference will become your motto.
Things you used to hate to do will become an exercise in character. You will use everything that comes, good or bad, as a tool for self-development. Every challenge, every disappointment and every obstacle will be redefined as an axis to propel you onward and upward.
And then one day it will dawn on you, you’ve become twice the man.
You’re now operating on a whole other level.
You’re on your way to becoming a living, pulsating Force of Nature.
But the best part is, this is just the beginning.
Because you will now be privy to the Light.
And know without question, that even beyond here—
There’s another Whole Other Level and a Whole Other Level after that.
All the best,