The Best Around

So over in my daily emails, (subscribe here) I was talking about this kid I used to coach in cross country and how everyone saw him as a hero.

 

You’ll have to excuse me today, because this one may come off a little strange because I’m just going to continue the story where I left off in my daily email. Again, if you want to see how the beginning goes, you gotta subscribe.

 

So Jon, this little kid that everyone liked was not liked because he was so nice or people saw the potential for him to be great. Jon was liked because he was not there to compete.

 

I mean yes he was there to compete, but not with everyone else. He already knew after his for career race after the second to last place guy beat him by almost 10 minutes. But what set him apart and why everyone loved him is because he was there to compete against himself.

 

While everyone was there to compete against each other. It was clear that Jon was there simply to race against his time from last week.

 

So short story even shorter, the best way to be a hero is to know why you go out every day to compete. No, it shouldn’t be for medals or for bragging rights.

 

The way to become and remain a hero is to fight for a cause a legitimate cause that a lot of people can get behind and that nothing and no one can ever divert you from.

 

What is your cause? What makes you a hero? Ask yourself, “why”?

 

Jerry “short and sweet” Washington

P.S. You’ll have to forgive me, I actually had writer’s block and just really ran outta time there. This P.S. is a little later, but I think it’s just as important for us to think about writer’s block and why it happens. I’ll share with you, my theory tomorrow. Check in to discover what you can do to stop missing out on all those opportunities for success.  Talk soon…

 

The Power Of Freedom

What is freedom really? Many search for freedom by gaining knowledge and skills they can add to their resume, however, they find themselves crippled by the debt that they had to acquire to fund those skills.

 

They then go into jobs that they hate, but have to take because they need to make money.  Only to come home to sedate with booze or copious amounts of television programming.

 

I get it, because I was that dude. I paid a ton for college, but I can’t say that I’m in the same field I went to school for. Don’t get me wrong, I greatly value the experience, but at the end of the day, I know people that didn’t go to school and also had similarly valuable experiences AND didn’t have to start out their careers in serious debt.

 

I started off as a lower middle-class kid aspiring to do something great. I had a dream of helping a lot of people but ended up living lower class for almost a decade, staying in basements, cars, and storage sheds. (Don’t tell my parents, they’d freak!) Just so I could achieve that dream.

 

Life is a lot different for me now of course, but I just can’t help, but sometimes think. Who or what am I missing?

 

You see Brosephine Baker, I can tell you from my experience that life is all about choices. You are not forced to do anything you don’t want to do on any given day. You are not FORCED to distance yourself from true fulfillment every day. It’s a choice.

 

Sure some may say that if you’re ignorant of anything else, then it’s not really a choice. But I would have you consider this…

 

We were all born with an imagination. We can all dream. It is a matter of you making the choice to take action on them or continue to do the same thing that you’ve always done.

 

Again, I get it, change is difficult. I just gave up something (boot camp training) that I love that I’ve been doing for 10 years. It was difficult but at the end of the day, I don’t want time to be the deciding factor on whether I should continue to do something or not.

 

When you think about it, all we are all looking for is the freedom of choice. We are all striving for it in our own way.

 

Whatever your way of striving for freedom is, I want you to tell me. Leave in the comment section below, or you can shoot an email directly to me here: Get In Touch

 

Jerry “multiple choice” Washington

 

P.S. I hate to sound like I’m poo pooing school and that it was the cause of my troubles. At the end of the day, those were choices too. I could have continued to stay with my degree and worked a corporate job that I hated. It wasn’t for me, but I’m not saying it shouldn’t be for you. Many people have graduated and gone on to live VERY comfortable lives. I guess I just chose to take the scenic route. What’s most important is that you define success for yourself and make decisions every day that will get you closer to that vision. Talk soon…

And Then She Died…

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly

 

I don’t know why she swallowed a fly

 

I think. She’ll. Die…

I know an old lady…

Ok I think you might remember that little

Diddy from elementary school.

old lady

Yeah, I mean who swallows

A Fly

Spider

Bird

Cat

Dog

And eventually a horse?

Seriously, though who does that???

I’ll tell you who

A dead old lady. HA!

We can both agree that her methods might have been

A little off, but she was determined to fix her original mistake

Until she eventually just died

I feel you grandma.

Yesterday we talked about how it can take time to reach your potential

I said something along the lines of “…if you haven’t been burned out before

Then you’re either lying to yourself or you haven’t challenged yourself.”

I would have you consider that it is good to know and test your limits.

Scratch the ceiling, but don’t scratch so hard you fall over

Go unconscious and have to take extra time off 

Only to find that when you get back, the ceiling is now

Covered in scratch resistant, stainless steel.

You see, I don’t know why that old lady swallowed the fly

But I do know why she eventually died.

BURNOUT

Don’t let it happen to you.

Don’t wait until you are frustrated to the point of tears (or eating a horse)

Discover a new path to success that brings you closer to

Your goals without burning you out in flames

If you are frustrated with your current situation and you feel like 

You just aren’t getting where you want with your health or happiness

Then I would have you consider that my program may be for you. 

Reply back to my email here: info@projectselffy.com

Or we can continue the conversation in my new private Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/projectselffy/

Jerry “food (not fly) eater” Washington

P.S. I would like to reiterate that burnout is serious.

But at the same time, you have to have serious work ethic to get there.

So don’t take this as me saying that you should just relax 

While you wait for your goals to come to you.

So I guess I’m halfway endorsing burnout

At least once in your life (preferably early on) so you know what it is to work your hardest

Then work your way back to a good balance. Talk soon…