“Lose Some To Win Some…Story of a Champion” – Jay Z

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

A champion. Someone to be admired. Usually a master at their craft and usually, that’s when we notice them – when they have mastered their craft.

We do not see the trial and errors. We do not see the failures. We do not see the 1000 times they fell and the 1001 times they got back up.

And before that 1001 times they got back up? Still a Champion. Because a Champion earns their badge by failing and trying again. They earn their badge by moving forward, using what happened yesterday as a PUSH towards their goal.  They do not sit idle waiting, they sit to REST when they need to.

A champion. In every struggle, in every failure. We get back up. Earn our badge. And still a Champion.

“Stop Getting Distracted by Things That Have Nothing to Do With Your Goals” – Unknown

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

We set our sights and off we go to meet our goals. We focus on our destination, until the focus shifts to the odd noise coming from the motor, the bugs splattered on the windshield, and the static coming from the radio station. To shift our focus further, the gas light just came on to tell us it’s empty.

Our focus shift distracts us into attending to matters we have prioritized over the path toward our goal. That odd noise from the motor is the doubt we’ve allowed to creep into our head. It’s the people in our lives telling us we can’t do it. It’s the excuses we have started to makes as to why our goal is unattainable.

The bugs splattered on the windshield are the minor inconveniences we focus on and convince ourselves is blocking our view to the destination. It’s the rainy day without an umbrella or the missing the bus and foregoing waiting for the next one. 

The static from the radio is the things we do on a daily basis that moves us no closer to our goal than yesterday. It is the unproductive habits. The sleeping in late, the habitual scrolling through social media, the watching too much television, the procrastination of what can be done today and telling ourselves “I’ll do that tomorrow.”

And with these distractions, comes wasted energy. Wasting so much energy, we sputter along to our goals on empty. Often times, breaking down in the middle of the road wondering where the time went. Fortunately, for many of us, it is during this breakdown we get out of the car and notice the motor is quiet, the radio static is off, and the bugs on the windshield no longer block our view. 

It is then we realize, in the horizon, our goal is still there waiting for us. Distractions are loud, but our ambition will roar if we take the focus away from the things that beg for our attention but have nothing to do with our goals. So let’s get back in the car, turn the key, and focus shift.

“One Day or Day One. You decide.” -Unknown

Written for and Published in The Seeds for Life.

We speak of our future with goals and dreams, but when that future becomes our today, how many goals and dreams are unrealized? 

“One day…” we tell ourselves, while one-day turns into many days, a week, a month, and years, without the dream or goal realized.

But the today we are present in is different. Today we will decide WHY we have unrealized dreams? What excuses have we made? Why have we allowed dreams to stay dreams? Time?  Finances? Fear? Circumstances are plenty; but if it is important, we will find a way, if not, we will find an excuse. We decide. 

Today, stand firm and take a step forward. Mark the calendar with DAY ONE, because the truth of the matter is, ONE DAY may never come.

And so I did….

I have let dreams be dreams
Out of my line of vision
flying too high to grasp.

I have veered towards paved roads
safe and well kept
yet so easy to get lost.

And so I did. Lost I am.
I have let dreams be dreams
Out of my line of vision
flying too high to grasp.

I have packed my bag heavy
carrying it without complaint
walking down that paved road
with eyes to the painted horizon.

And so I continue. Looking to that painted Horizon.
I have let dreams be dreams
Out of my line of vision
flying too high to grasp.

I have accepted a new vision
one that keeps my feet planted
like a tree only to enjoy the breeze

And so I did. Said goodbye to my dreams.
I have let dreams be dreams
Out of my line of vision
flying too high to grasp.