embrace the struggle.

embrace the struggle.

…Over the past 18 months, I have come to understand that a lot can be won from losing — It just depends on perspective. 

Even though (in fact) my glass was tipped over on its side, broken into tiny pieces, completely dry… I still perceive that it’s half full.


These past 12 – 15 months, I got to experience what it’s like living in the real world. 

To be honest … I much prefer living in la la land like I did for so many years.

(for context on my crazy adventure, please see the blog “Choose Not to Be a Victim.”)

I share this because I can relate very well to the fear and uncertainty people are experiencing right now.

But regardless of how severe your drought becomes, the rain is near.

It just depends on your perspective.


Dreaming back to last year at this time….

Having to drastically cut as much expense from my personal life as quickly as possible (cars, motorcycles, houses, investments), I have come to realize the more simple and efficient one’s life is, the better.  

Everyone around the world is going to be impacted by this COVID-19.

The key for me to mentally overcoming failure and extreme financial loss was to enthusiastically embrace it all.

Even still today, I try to focus on (only) the “growing” and “learning” I gain from this very negative experience. 

But it is all about perspective. 

No matter how unfair your situation might be, do not get brought down and consumed by all the negativity that is swarming around us.

Enjoy working from home with your family and the freedom it allows you, regardless of how big or small your home might be.

Enjoy cutting expenses from your life — make it a game to see how fast and how much excess you can cut out.

Seize this forced change you are experiencing because one day you will look back and see how it made all the difference.

This pandemic is forcing all of us to shed from our lives as much half ass – mediocrity as possible, which will open up countless new opportunities.

Everyone, even the best, most dynamic or successful is going to be forced, to reflect on themselves and their situation – but not everyone will adapt and change.

I speak from experience — the key is not falling into the pit of self pity.

My perspective changed when I actively pursued  the positive experience I was gaining from my negative situation.

Example:  Having no money gave me no choice but to change from my excessive, wasteful lifestyle and woke me up to seeing and understanding very clearly how complacent and mediocre I had become.

Once I passed the stage of feeling sorry for myself…got over being angry and upset… I embraced the struggle and became empowered by losing it all.

My lifestyle isn’t as cushy as it was before, but I feel more driven and focused.

The power of perspective.

Replace your anger, fear and self pity by self reflection.

Regardless of how bad you think you have it, there is undoubtedly many things you have to be thankful for; and many positive things will come from this forced change — if you do not let your fear and frustration blind you from seeing the beauty that is in the storm.

Cleanse your life of excess and mediocrity immediately.
It is not possible to see the full beauty in front of you if you are too worried and distracted by excess to see it.

Cleanse your life of negativity – please.

Negative voices vs positive, inspirational ones….who is going to lift you out of the pit sooner?

All this hyper negative news and these ridiculous conspiracy theories… VS …focusing your time and attention on positive things like the opportunities that are/will be opening up because of this mess.

It is your choice.

Embrace your struggle.

Regardless of how severe your drought is and becomes … do not lose perspective.

Never stop focusing on that tiny cloud that is far off in the distance, but its there…
Get ready for the rain that is coming.


One thought on “embrace the struggle.

  1. Guillaume Botticini

    I see the quotes and the themes of fear, metaphorical storm, recentering oneself and then thought you would like this one

    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

    I know you’ll find the book it’s been taken from which, by the way is NOT about science fiction but about politics, religion, loss, gambling and ultimately winning.

    I am currently back at base camp 1, I have glimpsed Basecamp 3, turned back to basecamp 2 and fell down to basecamp 1. Bad weather, lying sherpa, slippery ice… But in the end I’m the one who watched the weather forecast, I’m the one who hired the sherpa and I’m the one who was dumb enough to plan the route through slippery ice.
    I have shed all which is unnecessary and I will solo the thing without oxygen. Meet you up there.