Two years ago I put up a post called, Power and Control. That post was based on the quote pictured above which I heard in a car commercial. I decided to revisit that quote and post today because I think it’s worth repeating.
A few years ago I struggled with anger issues and although it seems like anger would make you feel strong and powerful, especially in the heat of the moment, it didn’t. In fact, the anger made me feel weak and then feeling weak made me angry and the cycle repeated itself. It wasn’t until I took the time to understand the anger, the cause of it and how to deal with it that I truly felt powerful.
When I learned to exercise control, I felt like Thor. I mean I felt like I could have pulled that sword from that stone with my pinky, I felt so strong. It was empowering having the knowledge and ability to choose more pleasant thoughts and actions than anger.
If you want to feel powerful, exercise control. Easier said than done, but worth doing.
Self-control with what you DO: Choose the actions that get you closer to your goals when you really just want to take a nap.
Monitor what you SAY: If it isn’t true or helpful, if it doesn’t improve the silence, shut your trap.
Change what you EAT: If you know you shouldn’t, if you can make it for cheaper, if you’ll regret it later or your trainer would smack it out of your hand, eat its opposite.
Control is the ultimate expression of power, and you know how much you love to be in power.
Easy lives are for wimps. The straight and narrow path, the always have the answers, never a grey sky or hard day… who needs that?
Not you. You need the sucky days, the situations that you can’t believe you’ve found yourself in, the moments when there’s absolutely no one to talk to or tell, the ‘toughest time of my life’ kinda weeks. That’s the stuff worth living through.
Great days, success, easy weeks, direction, hope, all that is fantastic, feels great, and it’s what we want. But the flip side of that, those are the things that force us to problem solve, to challenge our beliefs, to form our own opinions, to test our strength, and that hand us a medal of honor at the finish line.
Hate not the times when you feel lost, scared, or alone. Don’t run from the unknown, the scary, the new and the solo adventures.
One day, the dream, the goal, the big great idea you had is going to be before you. The opportunity that you’ve wished for will be presented to you, and the fear and realness of it happening will make you wanna puke. But, when it happens, go for it. Just get out there and try it. Give it all you can, your best effort, and if you fall, if you fail, if they laugh, great. People who do nothing are the people you’ll never hear of, they’ll never create something great, they’ll never change the world or the life of another person. We don’t need any more of those types of people.
We need you. Even if you don’t yet know what you want to do yet.
There’s a legal age for when you can drink, drive, vote, and run for president. But that’s where the restrictions pretty much end.
Work. Service. Entrepreneurship.
Those things don’t have a start or ending age. There are 6 year olds who run businesses, and there are 60 year olds living abroad, volunteering their time in the name of charitable service.
‘As soon as’ thinking.
As soon as… I grow up, graduate, live on my own, have enough money or time, then I can do something great. When one or all of those things are in place, then I can make a difference, start a business, volunteer, or create things. But, if you’re old enough to read and understand this, then you already know that there’s always going to be something else. There will always been another thing needing or begging for your attention. Life doesn’t slow down, time is not a renewable resource, and if you’re waiting for the perfect conditions, you’re really just making an excuse.
Whether you are a full-time student, working full-time, or raising a child, there is always time for the things that are important. If it matters to you, it’s up to you to set aside the time to do it.
If you want to learn something new, or get back into drawing, dancing, running, etc. get to work. If you have a business idea, if you see a problem in your family, community, or country that you have a solution that could resolve it, you have to make it important enough to work on it.
The people we admire most, the buildings we marvel at, the design that inspires us, the movies we love, all those things exist because some person decided to see them through. One person made a decision and dedicated their time to that thing and kept at it.
Hard things, big things, and even small and meaningful things take time and dedication. They require patience and perseverance, they may even demand that you put other things on the shelf for a little while.
If it’s worth doing, it’s worth working hard for.
Get to work, chump.