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One Foot in Front of the Other

When you think of the “greats” in our society, whether it be sports, fitness, history, or heroes in lore from eons ago, do you think they accomplished anything worthy to remember without embracing adversity? As a society, we easily forget how good we have it every day. Due to constant advances in technology, a fruitful economy (more or less), and a safe environment to be raised in, many jump at the chance to proclaim how hard they have it, or blame others for their personal faults.

The reality is that life isn’t supposed to be easy! If you expect to be waited on hand and foot, or having things given to you on a silver platter, you’re in for a rude awakening. The reason many people are living unhappy and depressing lifestyles is because they ALLOW it. If more people used the energy they put into complaining on social media about how much they hate “X,” and instead put that energy towards figuring out how to do what they love, the world would be happier, more productive, and self-sustainable. But alas, here we are in 2018 where there are virtually limitless options to pursue your dreams and make them a reality. Unfortunately, the most consistent trend I see in people is fear. Instead of admitting it, they develop poor excuses such as:

  • “I don’t have enough time.”
  • “I’m in too much debt.”
  • “My friends/family think it’s a dumb idea.”
  • “I’m going to have a huge loss in pay if I quit.”

Regardless of what’s coming out of their mouth, I can smell their fear. Now obviously, fear can be viewed as a good thing. Even a positive concept for survival. Fear is needed to negate downright stupidity and poor choices. However, what it comes down to is not allowing fear to control your life. You can’t let fear dominate you. Instead, you need to dominate fear.

It’s sad when I talk to people, whether in passing, through travels, or in one of my classes, that truly hate what they’re doing. Unfortunately, they lack the mental tenacity and fortitude to press on through the quagmire of mediocrity. As the adage goes, “One foot in front of the other.” Not a single fucking person made their vision into a reality overnight. And herein lies the issue. People don’t want to put in the fucking work. I know plenty of people that were on their last few dollars, their phone was about to get shut off, they sold their car or anything else they could make a profit on, and used it to support their dreams. You will be tired, frustrated, mocked, scared, financially unstable, and probably at your wits ends before it is all over. But what you will gain? Happiness! The ability to wake up every single day knowing that you get to do what you love. There is truly nothing better in life.

“But Ian, that’s easy for you to say. You’ve been at this game for a while.” Well no shit Sherlock! You will too, if you have that unbreakable spirit to never waver from what you truly want. There is absolutely no substitute for hard work, learning to love discomfort, and embracing the odds with open arms. Even now, if you’re reading this as an entrepreneur and you’re completely content with your success, you done fucked up son! You need to be waking up early, and going to bed late, squeezing every second out of every day. The moment you add the word “satisfied” to your vocabulary is the moment you sign your death warrant. Regardless of your occupation, working in the corporate sector, sales, small business owner, art, music, automotive, fitness, teaching, etc., you should always be looking at methods and techniques to refine your craft. It could be closing that new deal, painting a new painting, recording a new track, setting a new PR, or helping people in the class you just taught learn something new. There are ALWAYS ways to be better, fluid, and stronger in the mind and body.

But what does it all come back to? You, the reader. You, and you alone, are responsible for your failures, your accomplishments, and your potential growth. The first step into the black void of the unknown is the scariest. You will have to deal with the variables, the haters, and the competitors that will try their damnedest to take the food off your table. Hell, let them try, and show them why they shouldn’t have fucking doubted your will to persevere. One step in front of the other is the process. How bad you want it is your motivation.

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