The Beginning! First Blog Post

Sky - beginning of journey sunset taken from airplane

Welcome,

I’m fairly excited to get things up and running.  As of now I’m new to pretty much everything about this.  Not only is this my first blog post, but it’s also the first domain I’ve ever owned.  But I’m going to get right to the one thing that’s not so foreign to me, which is writing.

My vision for this blog is to create somewhat of a mastermind group of intelligent, driven, people who are looking for others with a similar outlook on life.  In my day to day life I have a lot of great friends and colleagues who I’m close with and who mean a lot to me.

My social circle consists of a lot of amazing people and I’m truly thankful for that.  But I’ve come to realize that the vast majority of those I spend most of my time with lack the ambition to really live life to the fullest and reach their potential.  They’re just too content with settling for mediocrity.

Over the past 5 years I’ve come to adopt many new beliefs about life, and what I expect of it.  One of the most influential beliefs I currently have is that life is short, time flies, and you only get one shot at it.  This is it, and this is all there ever will be.  With that in mind, you only have one chance to achieve everything you’ve dreamed, to create the life you desire, and to experience the things you want to experience while you’re here.  So why not go hard, and make it your life’s purpose to manufacture the greatest experience possible?

At the very least, don’t waste time letting the little things bring you down, placing limitations upon yourself, or constantly focusing on the negative aspects of life.  No matter how bad you think you may have it, there’s always someone who would give anything to have your set of circumstances, which you take for granted.

Which leads to my next belief.  Happiness is a choice.  There are multiple perspectives to any given situation.  You can either choose to see the bad, or the good.  Any setback can be viewed as a learning experience.  In fact, all the “negative” experiences in my life have molded me into the person I am today, and without them I’d be a much weaker version of myself.

The more failures you have, the more rejections you take, and the more adversity you overcome, the better suited you will be to deal with life.  To me it’s about building trust in yourself and knowing that whatever comes up, you’ll be able to handle it.  You gain a strong sense of self-confidence and it really draws out a sense of fulfillment from within.

In my experience, I feel that I used to be searching externally for some sort of comfort, or solid foundation in the world.  But my experience has lead me to draw that comfort, and build that foundation from within myself, at the core of who I am.  It’s to the point where “negative” experiences don’t exist anymore.

When you’re trying to build muscle you need to first break it down, in order to send a message to your nervous system to adapt, and grow.  The same concept applies to your psychological well being; by that I mean the way you handle your emotions, the level you develop your self-awareness, and ultimately the amount of confidence you have in yourself.

Fulfillment comes from within.  It comes from exposing yourself to new life experiences, new challenges, exposure to different environments, and people, along side of your contributions to mankind.  Your outward journey drives your inward journey.  The more I challenge myself, the more I achieve, or even if I don’t succeed in accomplishing a specific goal, as long as I force myself outside of my comfort zone I feel like I’ve won.

You have to learn to respect yourself enough to generate the motivation, along with a plan to succeed in life and to achieve happiness.  A lot of what I believe in has to do with developing self-love, and coming to the realization that you are worth the effort to get what you want in life.

This blog post is titled The Beginning, and it begins with you accepting responsibility for yourself.  Where you are in your life right now is because of you, and only you.  The life circumstances you currently are unsatisfied with are due to the way you’ve lived your life up until now.

Accept this, and accept the fact that you are also in control of where you go from here, where you’ll be tomorrow, and where you’ll be ten years from now.  If you’re willing to do the work, if you’re willing to take the hits, and you’re willing to demand what you deserve from life, you’ve come to the right place.

I don’t have all the answers, but I’m determined to find as many as I can.  I would love for you to be part of that journey and contribute all that you have to offer.  Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope to hear back from you.  Comments are welcome and appreciated.

Until next time…

Note:  Continue on to my next post at SoLongMediocrity.  Please connect with me on both facebook, and twitter if you haven’t already.

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