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

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Steve Jobs – Inspirational Speech


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“If today were the last day of my life.”

 

This is a very powerful snippet of a speech given by a very powerful individual. My father used to tell me before every little league game, “play the game today like it’s you last, because you never know when that will come true.” I’ve tried to live by this everyday in baseball, and I think it’s important to remember for life in general. We aren’t guaranteed anything in life, not even the next five minutes. Do the things you want to do, tell people how you feel about them, don’t hide in the corner, and most of all, feed your passion. Be the person you want to be, life you days as if they are going to be your last.

 

-JONES

 

Prioritize Your Life


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In today’s world, we have an unlimited number of distractions in the palm of our hand every single day. There are pros and cons to having the ability to interact with anyone at the touch of your finger, but without having your priorities straight and in order there won’t be any pros to talk about.

For me personally, I make sure I always know what my priorities in life are every day, and make sure I stick to those whenever I’m faced with a decision. Let’s say one of my main priorities is to wake up every morning and be able to give 100% effort into my workouts, so I can unlock power and quickness in my talents. If I stay up late with friends every night, or eat bad foods throughout the day, I won’t be able to give 100% of my effort at the next workout. This doesn’t mean I’m just going to hide in a corner and never hang out with anybody, this just means that I know my priorities and won’t always go out the night before an important workout. Lets say one of your main priorities is to have dinner on the table every night for your family… Whether you’re cooking it, buying take out or eating left-overs, it’s important to separate your priorities from the less important things in your life. Maybe you forgot to clean out your car one day, but your still haven’t made dinner… Make dinner first and then worry about the car last.

It’s important to remember that when you put things off more and more (cleaning out your car,) that you make it a higher priority down the line. If you always put it off and never have time to do it, you’ll never get it done. You need to be aware of your priorities and know which ones will help you get to where you want to be at the moment, and which ones can wait. But these things don’t just come out of thin air. Sit down and think about where you want to go and figure out your priorities. When something new comes up, you can compare it to your current priorities and easily figure out which one is more beneficial to your personal growth.

Don’t be afraid to order that salad when you’re out with your friends.

Hug your friends longer instead of picking up that call.

Study a week before that big test instead of going out and partying.

Do something that will make someone smile instead of arguing.

Remember though, with all of this, don’t make it a religion. Life is about experiencing certain things and making mistakes. You need to make those mistakes to grow. But you are the ship captain of your life, and you can at least put your self on the right stretch of water so when you make those mistakes, you’re already on the right path. Go have fun, live life, and know what you want. Prioritize your life, and make the necessary changes to better yourself.

-JONES

“…It’s about not letting anything hold you back”


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Awesome video! Trust yourself. Trust your power. Believe in yourself. Never ever, give up. Always have a hunger to push forward!

Reward Yourself


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It’s important to remember that rewarding yourself is an essential part in your part to success. Don’t be a drill sergeant to yourself everyday, take sometime and give yourself something that makes you happy, because you’ve worked so hard! This morning I had to do my track workout, I wanted to reward myself after. When you have a reward to look forward to, you can get through things easier and with a better attitude, which is key. The reward I was going to give to myself was a nice hot tub relaxation time afterwards. Knowing this During my morning workout made it easier to focus, because I knew that my post-workout activity would make it all worth it.

 

Obviously, there are ultimate rewards when you’re reaching a goal, like the main goal(s) and short-term goals along the way. But, it’s good to allow yourself to have small rewards on the road to success. Whether it’s a piece of chocolate after a good week of healthy eating, a new pair of jeans because you’ve been doing great at workout lately, a nice nap after a hard week of working your butt off or a hot tub session… Anything that’s small and makes you happy will help you achieve your greatest dreams!

 

Do it today! create a small goal for yourself, and have a small reward WHEN (not “if”) you get it done. You’ll see how easy it is to complete the goal! GO!

 

-JONES

Trick Your Mind!


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This morning I had to do a stationary bike workout, and I honestly wasn’t that excited to do it at first. But the day before I kept telling myself “I’m so excited and ready to do the bike workout!!” I was thinking about how I would feel after the workout, not so much physically because that wouldn’t be very positive, but mentally I was going to feel awesome and satisfied. So, short story even shorter, I woke up with excitement and did more than what I was going to do originally with the workout. And I was enthusiastic about it the whole time.

Kinda funny huh? It seems weird to think you can just keep telling yourself something and then your mind will believe it. But it really works! The best part is that your body listens to your mind, and if you’re ready and motivated up-top, your body will follow. You can apply this with anything in life! Whether it’s something that’s big or small, easy or hard, you can trick your mind into thinking you’re excited and ready for it. Let’s say you want to something as simple as waking up earlier and getting your day started. You can tell your self, and tell other people, that you just love getting up early and not wasting your day sleeping! And when you’re doing this, think of anything sort of positives about the task or goal. For instance… You love to listen to the birds sing, you love making a good healthy hearty breakfast, you like sitting down and reading the paper… Anything! You can easily trick your mind into actually believing that you like these things, and sometimes you can actually grow to like what you think you don’t. Your mind is a powerful thing, and can help you be accountable without you even knowing. If you really like something, you end up thinking about it a lot. So if you tell yourself you like something, and truly allow your mind to work with the idea, you will be able to do the things you want because your mind believes in it. Of course, this won’t work if you’re not 100% committed to the idea and you really want/need the desired outcome. Believing in yourself, believing in your thoughts and believing in your actions all help to acquire any goal. Whether it’s taking out the trash, flossing your teeth, or going above and beyond at work, it can only be done by believing you can. Trick your mind in the short-term, and the long-term will take care of itself. Get on the right path!

I love making dinner!

I love taking the stairs instead of the elevator!

I love setting goals!

I love exercising!

I love writing “Thank You” cards!

I love drinking water!

Whatever it is. Think it. Say it. Believe it. Do it.

-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