Fear


I am laying in my bed after closing both my bathroom and closet doors because something in my head is still afraid of what could be waiting in the dark rooms. Fear makes me do it. Fear of something I created in my head. And this got me thinking…

 

When we fear something in our lives, whether it’s speaking in front of a group, making a decision, afraid of that shark that’s going to get you in the water, or the ghost in my closet… Whatever it is in our lives that we fear, all comes from our head. Sure there might be some reasonable facts or past experiences that can instil this fear in our minds, but it’s still our minds that ultimately creates it. When someone is afraid of going up on stage speaking to a crowd, all they see in their head is them screwing up their speech, stuttering and slurring words, sweating and just being awkward. When you create images in your head, your body now knows how to react to that certain situation you thought of. So more than likely when that person goes up on stage to give their speech, their visions will become a reality. Not good.

 

Instead of embracing fear, try to look beyond it. Pay no attention to it. Think about how it would feel to go up on stage and give the best speech anyone has seen. Imagine the confidence you can have. Imagine anything positive that can happen. Let your mind wander with positive energy and envision a confident you. Like for me… I need to walk into the dark room and smile because there is nothing in there but my 5-year-old mind. Fear can hold us back from anything it wants to. Maybe tomorrow try something that you are afraid to do, big or small, and just do it with confidence. Don’t be your own limiter. Allow success to come to you!

 

Now let’s hope these monsters  don’t get me..

 

 

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Evening Thought


The quote I heard today, “never try to be better than someone else” was awesome, and hit me hard. A former UCLA basketball coach said it in a video i watched. The moment I heard it, I was a little “weirded” out by it, because my first reaction was that he was saying don’t compete. Which would be crap because competition drives success. But that was not what he was saying at all. He went on to talk about how you should never, ever focus on anything but yourself and how much effort you put in. All you can do in a game, or life for that matter, is to give it your and compete against your own best self. Everyone has different talents, different approaches and different ways to act on beliefs, so you should never be competing against someone else. Only focus on what you can do and do it the best of your ability.

 

Example? Let’s say that I was competing for a starting job on a baseball team, and my competitor had the edge on the defensive side. Hes was better. And if I focused on being better than him at defense, I would likely under perform and mess up. I would get out of my own mechanics and the things that got me to where I am, and be focussed on beating him. And if I ended up doing worse than him at defense, it would likely aggravate me and cause my mind to steer away from my overall focus and fail at other things. But if I had just competed against my own best self, and had done everything I know I can to the best of my ability…  The outcome would be much better because I wouldn’t be worried about anything else but my self. If you gave it your all in something, and knew that you did the very best in everything that was asked of you, that’s all anyone could ask of you. That’s all you can do.

 

So instead of competing against someone else’s best, compete against your best. Push yourself from within. Do not let outside forces cloud your mind! “Never try to be better than someone else,” only try to be better than your best. Stay within yourself. Compete. You are your best competition. Compete against your own best self.

 

-JONES

Grasp Your Confidence


“Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.”  -Henry Ford

 

Think about the following questions. Why doesn’t everyone believe in themselves fully? Why is it so common for people to shy away from what they truly want and believe because they don’t have this magic sense of “confidence?” Well here is my answer. Read the quote above again…

 

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Taking what Henry Ford says, we can assume that the people who think they “can’t” (can’t is the worst word in the english language, by the way) do something, don’t necessarily have little confidence, but they lack in the courageous portion of life. Why aren’t they courageous? Who knows, being courageous is something less common than just having self-confidence. But, here’s the kicker, being courageous and having confidence go hand in hand. So… If the same person who thinks they can’t do something because they aren’t courageous enough, they can focus their energy into their confidence, and they will exceed their expectations on what they can do. Well what if they have no confidence? In my opinion there is no reason to have no self-confidence. Having confidence is this meaningless word that we use to separate people from one another. I say meaningless because everyone has the confidence inside them, all of the time. How? Because every single one of us (which is now 7,055,222,832 people) is different. And just because we are different, people lose their grasp on their personal confidence. Sadly this is because of our world and society, we all have this vision of some perfect dude/dudet and what he/she looks like. This is crap. We need to open up our minds to everyone in this world. We need to be thankful that everyone is different and at least just e okay with it. And for the people who have lost a strong hold on their confidence… Get back in there and get a grip. People will look up to you for being yourself, and being something that is incredible to them. Being someone else, or being forever shy is not the way to do this. Show your confidence, live with your confidence and BELIEVE in yourself. It’s not that people don’t have confidence, it’s just that they have lost their grasp on it. Example? Here you go… When we were all little toddlers and didn’t think before doing anything (sometimes this was cute, sometimes this was worth a timeout,)  we had all of the confidence in the world. Because we didn’t think about what others were thinking, we didn’t know any better! Society hadn’t brainwashed our narrow minds yet. Open up your mind, whether you’re confident or not, and see that we are all different. But be enthralled by the fact that we are all different. Everyone has confidence, but only some choose to keep their grasp on it through the process of growing up. Being confident can open up more roads than you can imagine. You will light up rooms when you walk in. The right people will pay attention to you. You will have more fun in everything. You will be more honest and upfront. But most of all, you will find that your cheeks will be very sore. Smiling will be something you’ll do everyday.

 

Be confident, be true to yourself, and let people see and experience who you are. Don’t be bothered by the people who think differently about you or try to bring you down. They just aren’t going to be on your path to success. Stay on your true path and never let go. I’ll leave you with a quote from a song to think about.

 

“Follow your heart to the water
Fill your pockets with stone
Throw your arms around me
Never let me go” – Parkway Drive

 

This quote is saying how you need to put your all, your life, your mind, your soul, into the things you love. And never let them go if they are your true passions. With pockets full of stone, you will sink in to the water of your passion and risk everything. Do it. Be confident. Achieve it all.

 

 

-JONES

Set A Goal


When was the last time you set a goal? Big or small… Easy or difficult… Think about it for a second. If you have come to realize that it’s been a while for you, make a goal! Think about anything in your life you want to achieve. Maybe it’s “I want to get up on time tomorrow morning and get my day started.” Think about it, write it down and read it aloud to yourself. Let your brain work and find ways to do things you want to do. I say this a lot, but the mind is a very powerful tool in life. Utilize it, know it, understand it and let it achieve! So… After you read this, set a goal. It can be a huge life long goal, or a simple goal that will be accomplished by dinner, but either way… Write one down! I’m challenging you! Let me know what goals you make! COMMENT!

 

-JONES

Do it for someone other than yourself.


I have so many people I wake up and think of every single day. Opening my eyes on any given morning, I could tell you at least 5 people who I am living and breathing for that day. People who I either look up to, want to set an example for, or dear friends that I know will follow my strong lead with life.

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The title of this piece is “Do it for someone other than yourself.” I don’t mean forever and always, because I believe your life is yours and YOU get out of it what YOU put into it. Simple as that. But I also believe everyone has days of doubt and days that we wake up with less motivation than the day before. When these days come (they can happen a lot for some people) it’s important that you have someone or I guess something to live for. Either it’s your parents, a god, a group of people, a coach, a teacher, a close friend, a friend that you aren’t so close with … I could go on for days. Whatever it is, I believe it’s so vital to have it in your heart and mind. It not only keeps you accountable, but humble as well. It’s good to think about yourself and live for yourself at times, but it’s the other people in your life that you love that allow you to grow, prosper and succeed. For instance, if one of your outside inspirations is a person in your life (or that you know of) going through struggle and they aren’t able to do something that you can, it can be an amazing fuel to your life’s fire. You will be able to do whatever it is that was taken away from them, and do it with much more enthusiasm and motivation than you would if you didn’t think about them. Never take what you have for granted and figure out what you want in this life.

There are some people in your life that you want to make proud, lead down the right path or even follow in their steps, and it’s important to embrace them not only into your heart but your mind and soul. Your mind is the only thing that can limit you from accomplishing your goals. When a negative thought or a bad day comes around, replace that thought or dedicate that day to a person you live for. Keep going. Keep pushing. Reach your dreams. Live for something greater than yourself.

stay savvy

-JONES

Evening Thought


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Here’s the quote of the night!

 

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches” – Napoleon Hill

 

How I read this:

This quote talks about how if you can believe something, you can achieve it. This is so true and such a powerful tool to harness in life. Believe in the choices and steps you make, your wildest dreams can come true. Thoughts are things. Just another way to explain this, but its true, with the right driven mindset, thoughts can become real-life things! When we weave our thoughts with a sense of sincere purpose and intense passion, our drive and motivation will have a clear path to march down. With all of these things together, we can succeed and attain the riches of achieving our goals.

 

stay savvy

 

-JONES

Evening Thought


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Who do you look up to? What about that person sticks out to you and makes you want to be like them? The answer to that question can always be simplified. Whether you look up to someone because they’re famous, generous, loving, outgoing or just plain awesome… They all have certain qualities about them that shine bright and beam into your mind and heart. Why aren’t you like them? What can’t you be like them? What’s stopping you from being that person? Are you stopping yourself? Study the other persons personality and special qualities that you love, and bring those out in yourself. We all have great qualities, some people just don’t allow them to shine and flourish in the light of life. Let it all out! Live big! Dream big! Be that person that you wish you were. Simple as that. Allow others to feed off of your radiant and luminous personality. COMMENT!

stay savvy

-JONES