Try Everything

I messed up tonight, I lost another fight
I still mess up but I’ll just start again
I keep falling down, I keep on hitting the ground
I always get up now to see what’s next

Birds don’t just fly, they fall down and get up
Nobody learns without getting it wrong

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
‘Til I reach the end and then I’ll start again
No I won’t leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail
I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
‘Til I reach the end and then I’ll start again
No, I won’t leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Look how far you’ve come, you filled your heart with love
Baby you’ve done enough, take a deep breath
Don’t beat yourself up, don’t need to run so fast
Sometimes we come last, but we did our best

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
‘Til I reach the end and then I’ll start again
No I won’t leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail
I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
‘Til I reach the end and then I’ll start again
No I won’t leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail

I’ll keep on making those new mistakes
I’ll keep on making them every day
Those new mistakes

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Try everything

Inspiration can come from anywhere and anything as long as you have your eyes and ears open, are willing to pay attention and breath it in.  These songs lyrics happen to come from the movie Zootopia and they bring a very strong positive message.  Try everything, try even though you could fail, just try and if you do fail, get up and try again.  Do not be ashamed, embarrassed or discouraged because even the great ones failed over and over again until they became great.  Try and failing is what makes us human, makes us learn, builds character and makes us stronger.  Learn from your mistakes, dust yourself off and keep reaching for you dreams.

 

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What I Have Been Up To

It is a new year and a chance to make a bigger, better more improved version of the self you have always wanted to create.  We all have goals and resolutions we want to achieve and strive for.  We tell ourselves this year is going to be different than any other year and we start off the year strong, sticking to our resolutions and keeping our promises.  Chances are our resolutions slowly start to fade out and before we know it we are back to our usual routine, not getting better and still miles away from our goal.  My question is why?  Why do we start out with so much hope, ambition and promise only to go back to our own ways?  Why do we not stick to our new changes and routines and go back to what we were doing?

My answer is comfort and drive.  We as humans do not like to be uncomfortable and will always resort to what is most comfortable to us.  Some of us are comfortable being overweight and stuck in a job we hate because the steps we need to take in order to get to where we want are uncomfortable.  It is uncomfortable giving up the foods we love to eat and for some it is uncomfortable to exercise so we are better off not trying and staying in our comfort zone.  Some of us may be unhappy with the jobs we have yet we continue to go to them week after week because we are comfortable there and anything new or different is scary and unsettling.  I heard a statistic the other day that 85% of Americans are unhappy with their jobs, 85%!  That means out of 10 people you talk to, 8 of them are unhappy with their job.  To me that seems like quite an alarming rate and brings me to my next point which is drive.  We have to be driven to make the changes, we have to be driven to get uncomfortable, we have to be driven to make the sacrifices necessary in order to get what you want to get and be where you want to be.  How driven are you to lose that 10-20 lbs, to get a new job, to make a million dollars, to find a spouse or start a new company?  What are you willing to give up and sacrifice to get there?  Life is hard and can beat you down if you let it but you have to have the drive and ambition to be better today than you were yesterday.  Write down your goals on paper, read them everyday and take action.  We only have one chance at this life so let us make the most of it and go after our dreams.  It is time to get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Before the new year was even upon us, I started doing things that were a little uncomfortable for me but would also greatly benefit me in the long run.  I have been working on improving myself and being the best I can be and taking the necessary steps every day to get me there.  Here is what I have been working on lately:

Chasing my dream.

For those of you  who are Frontdive Fitness readers, you may remember I posted awhile back about how I  am changing careers.  I am chasing after my dream of becoming a firefighter here in South Carolina.  After thinking about my past work history and talking with some fellow firefighters, I concluded I have all the necessary qualities to become a great fireman.  I have always had a passion for helping others and I figured what better way than helping people in a time of need by joining the fire department.  The journey on this process has been a long, ongoing, tedious and patience forming one to say the least.  I have taken several of the fire fighter physical and written assessment tests and have gone on a couple of interviews.  I have my goals set high and I will not stop until I reach my goals.  I will continue to grind it out and go on interviews until I get hired on.

Meditation.

I have to say, adding this to my daily routine has helped me tremendously.  When I wake up in the morning after I do my normal routine, I sit down and meditate for 10-15 minutes.  I focus on a deep nourishing breath in and a relaxing, stress relieving breath out.  Sometimes I think about breathing in for a 4-6 count, holding for a 2 count and exhaling for a 6-8 count and other times I think about joy, happiness or abundance on the inhalation and worry, stress or anxiety on the exhalation.  I found after meditating for a week, I am more patient, less anxious, less stressed and I can handle more stressful situation better.  I found my temperament has improved dramatically and I no longer get mad, upset or frustrated at things I cannot control.  Meditation definitely helps ground you and makes you become more aware of the mind, body  and spirit connection.  Also sometimes, I enjoy pulling up a guided meditation on Youtube and have someone lead me through this amazing experience.  I highly suggest adding this to your daily routine and you will be amazed how much it benefits you.

Brain Games.

Just like exercise is important for your body and health, so are games to activate and train your brain.  Fellow co-workers have turned me on to a game called Lumosity which you can download for free on your phone.  Lumosity is a brain game app in which it tests your memory, problem solving, attention, flexibility and speed.  One neat thing about the game is it gives you 3 different games to play each day and it tracks your progress so you able to see if you are improving or if you just don’t have it today.  Also, you become aware of different areas you are not so great in and try to improve on them.  I am terrible on any of the memory recall games and I know this so I challenge myself to improve.

Motivation/Success Videos.

If you have a quick minute or 10, I highly recommend listening to some type of motivational, inspirational or successful video or audio clip.  If you type in motivation, success or inspiration into youtube you will have a endless supply of clips to pump you up, engage you and make your mind strong/er.  We all need some motivation and think of this as a way to give yourself your own personal pep talk.  I usually like to walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes and listen to several different clips to inspire me for the day and to help me get on my path to achieve greatness.  The power of the mind is the most important and critical area to work on.  We have to believe in ourselves and know that yes, we can make a difference, we can be successful, we will be successful, there is no stopping us and we will not quit until we win.  A couple of people I would highly suggest taking the time to listen to is Les Brown, Zig Ziglar and Lewis Howes.  Les Brown is one of my new favorites and I enjoy listening to him everyday.

Gratitude Journal.

Everyday take the time to write down at least one thing you are grateful for.  You will be amazed on how great this make you feel, how thing really aren’t that bad, how blessed we really are and how much we have to be grateful for.  We are all blessed to wake up everyday with a roof over our heads, a bed to sleep in, clothes on our back, money in our pockets and food in our house.  Never take anything for granted, count your blessings and write down what you are grateful for.

Let us start to take the necessary steps to improve our lives.  The time is now, don’t wait, don’t delay, take action and start taking control over your life.  The path to greatness is a long, winding and bumpy one but it is worth it once you get there.

 

The 12 Commandments

The 12 Commandments of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which apply to the sport but can also be used in our every day lives.

Promise Yourself……

  1. To be strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  2. To speak to all of happiness, health, and prosperity.
  3. To give all your friends the feeling that they have value.
  4. To look at the bright side and turn your optimism into eventual reality.
  5. To think only the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.
  6. To be as fair and as enthusiastic about success of others as of your own.
  7. To forget the mistakes of the past and focus your energy on the achievements of the future.
  8. To always keep the person next to you happy, and always smile to those who address you.
  9. To expend the greatest time improving yourself, and no time criticizing others.
  10. To be too great to feel uneasiness, too noble to feel rage, too happy to feel setbacks, and strong enough to feel fear.
  11. To have a good opinion of yourself and proclaim it to the world.  Not with resounding words, but with good works.
  12. To have the firm conviction that  the world is on your side, as long as you stay loyal to what is best in you.

Written by Carlos Gracie, Sr. the creator of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and translated by Rolles Gracie.

Life Is

Life Is

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.  Life is a dream realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.  Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.  Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.  Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.  Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.  Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.  Life is life, fight for life.

Mother Teresa

Get Happy

Squabble less.  Share more!

Sniffle less.  Snuggle more!

Grumble less.  Giggle more!

Zone out less.  Zoom around more!

Pick less.  Plant more!

Shout less.  Sing more!

Grab less.  Give more!

Tease less.  Tickle more!

Sulk less.  Sparkle more!

Worry less.  Wonder more!

Fearless for evermore!

Be Strong!

Be happy!

A children’s book by Malachy Doyle.  Qualities we teach our children but sometimes forget over time so it is nice to be reminded of the good things to do each and every day.  Make today magical, special and one of a kind because you only get one today.  Make it count!

 

Workout Montage

A short video of things I have been working on, new toys I have been playing with and different fun ways to move my body.  I am shifting my concentration from heavy lifting to more body weight, gymnastic and kettlebell training.  Enjoy

20 Motivational Quotes

I recently have been mixing it up and trying to make a better use of my time.  I have about a 25 minute commute in the morning now and I usually spend most of that time listening to the radio or sitting in silence thinking, wondering and contemplating this wonderful world we live in.  I do say my mantra’s every morning out loud of what I am grateful for, what I am thankful for and how blessed I am and we all are to wake up and live life each and every day.  Last week however, I have been changing it up and have been listening to some podcasts on my drive in and not just any podcast, but motivational life changing podcasts. We all can benefit from some self-help work and a time to better yourself and get your mind right.  If you can get your mind right, believe in yourself, have confidence, set some goals then I believe we can be unstoppable.  Success comes into those who want to work, work hard and are able and willing to put the time in, make sacrifices and learn to grow each and every day.  Invest in yourself every day and it will be the best investment you will ever make.  Read, learn, educate, listen, absorb and ingest as much material as you can to better yourself and make yourself more valuable and success will follow.  Surround yourself with great people who are extremely successful and passionate about what they do, pick their brains and I guarantee their energy is infectious and will spread over to you.

Be your best, try your best, invest in yourself and greatness will be knocking on your door soon.  Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

 

“Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.” – Buddha

“We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.” – Dolly Parton

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”– Harriet Tubman

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

“Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.” – Emily Dickinson

“We must become the change we want to see.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” – Phyllis Bottome

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”– Henry Ford

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

 

 “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

“By associating with wise people you will become wise yourself.” – Menander

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” – Pamela Vaull Starr

“The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart.” – William Hazlitt

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” – Art Linkletter

“The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation.” – Comer Cotrell