Quit pointing fingers.
Quit placing blame.
Passive aggressiveness is not productive, it only wastes time.
Quit looking for ‘exceptions to the rule’.
Quit waiting for the right moment.
Maybe it’s time to take ownership of whatever goal you are gunning for? The right time, the right moment, the right situation, the right scenario continue to pass you by.
Get off your rump and start working for it.
Quit making excuses.
There will be haters, doubters and non-believers. And there will be you proving them wrong -Anon
If you are pleasing 100% of the people, you’re doing something wrong. In your life pursuits, you will inevitably piss someone off. Congratulations. You stood for something. You made a choice. You maintained a stance. You weren’t swayed by the opinion of others.
You need haters. You need the non-believers. You need the doubters.
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Why, you ask?
Fuel for the fire. Motivation. To prove them wrong. To show them it can be done. To prove to yourself that the only person that really matters is you. The best test of your own mettle is plugging forward when its nothing but an uphill battle. Nothing worthwhile was ever easy. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Get hit hard and keep moving.
Thank you to all the haters, the past, the present and those who haven’t met me. It’s because of you that I keep pushing forward. I aim to make a difference while I’m here.
We have a finite amount of time on this earth. Life is lived by a clock. It’s up to you how you spend it. Every second, every minute, every hour, day, month, quarter, year, etc. is simply a timeline of decisions.
How are you spending your time? Are you using it wisely?
You have been given a gift. The gift of time. A gift that some never get to enjoy.
You have to go left or right. Life cannot be lived down the middle of the road. Make a choice.
Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t -Anon
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Pay your dues.
Take your lumps.
It all means the same thing. In any of life’s worthwhile pursuits, you’re going to have to learn how to take a hit in order to climb up that “ladder”. You’ll need to get knocked down a few times before you can truly stand on your own.
I firmly believe, it’s when we are down on the ground where we truly find our ‘mettle’. We find our worth. We find out what we are made of.
You figure out in that ‘low’ moment just how bad you want the end goal. How important is that pursuit? How bad to you really want it? What are you willing to go through to get it?
Ask any successful person. Ask anyone who finds themselves on the winning side of a battle. They’ve fallen – figuratively and/or literally flat on their face.
It’s when we were down on the ground that we develop, hone and sharpen our trouble-shooting skills. We learn to navigate through the bad in order to get to the good. Our coping mechanisms are born.
The bleeding will come in many forms. Not only can and could it be actual blood, but at the very least it will be sweat, tears, emotional drain, physical pain and maybe even heart break.
“A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure.”
In order to truly succeed, you’re going to have to bleed….
You’re going to have to bleed a lil’.
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I was tinkering around with some pictures and thought I’d update my header image on my blog. It really isn’t much different from the previous, but I think it ‘sticks’ out more. It’s a bit more vibrant.
You have my beautiful barbell and plates in the background, with a well-pronounced and neon-yellow ECG stamp in the foreground. I great contrast and true-to-life statement of me and my world.
The crazy thing… I did that whole picture editing (except for the cropping) on my iPhone. Craaazee what that damn device can do?
Here’s the old header image:
Like I said, a minor change. But I thought it was an improvement.
Whatcha think? Yay? Nay?
I started weightlifting as a full-time endeavor in December 2013. I increased my total by 35 kilos (that’s 77lbs) over the course of this past year and I’m still growing as an athlete.
Yep, the first year was all about refining my technique and just learning how to use my body. It was also time for me to unlearn many bad habits. I’m feeling more and more comfortable with each lift each time I pick up the barbell. I hit a few snags along the way getting sidelined with a nasty hip injury for almost 3 months as well as battling through a couple illnesses and of course life gets in the way sometimes. But, all excuses aside. I’m still making improvements.
Here I am hitting a #205 Snatch.
My goal is to get as close to 100 kg (220lbs) as possible. I think with a little work, I could hit 100kg by the end of the year. Barring I can stay healthy and injury free.
Not too shabby for starting this journey late in life.
Now I have to focus more on my Clean & Jerk next.
Ahhh… the sun, clear skies, blue-calm water….. and…
15 degree weather ?!
Yeah. This is a screenshot of my iMac’s wallpaper. A bit of contrast going on there. In my part of the world we’ve had record-breaking low temps along with surges of more of that white-fluffy crap that is burying us at times. So I have this crazy wallpaper to calm my nerves.
The good news is that vacation is only 5 weeks away. Yes, a vacation that will look JUST LIKE MY WALLPAPER.
I’ve lived in this area of the world my whole life. The frozen tundra of winter is nothing new to me. But for some reason I’ve reached my ‘red-line’. I’ve had enough. Can we just move on to Spring? Please?
Is anyone else fed up with Winter?