You want to do more for your New Year’s Resolution in 2021.
You want to create momentum so you write a 2021 New Year’s Resolution that will truly change your life.
You want to be great, get that six-pack back, and reach a milestone.
You want to be free to choose your next big thing.
As a former pro athlete, people ask me where my inspiration came from, and I get annoyed by the notion of it. I rarely feel inspiration. …
“Life is short.
And if life is short, then moving quickly matters. Launch the product. Write the book. Ask the question. Take the chance. Be thoughtful, but get moving.” — James Clear
I was always and still can be an anxious human. When I let this state win, it would stop me from moving forward. So instead, as a kid, I would listen to Enya or classical music and shut my eyes before games, visualize how I would play, what I would do, and how I would react to adversity. I would hand the reins over to a higher power…
You let go a little as you get older.
You stop trying so hard.
You let the fish come to you and stop tugging so hard. You take a chance when you feel it and let go of rejection as a personal assault on your true self.
Move on and breathe and embrace your life.
Change is good.
My dating life is somewhat mysterious. I have been traveling lately, and as I drive past the Lake Michigan highways through Chicago, into Northern Michigan, my mind meanders about the horizon like the never-ending dots of cotton clouds.
When I think about…
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― Neil Gaiman
As a former 13-year pro athlete in the basketball world, you have to work with people you don't always like to be around. You have to do things you don’t always want to do (like morning runs or grueling weight room sessions or long hours of media events). Other days, you have to show up for physical therapy and give up hours upon hours of your free time. …
Let’s take a look at these seven life-changing inspirational quotes.
But before we do, let’s all agree on some basic math. There are seven days a week. 24 hours a day. We all have the same 168 hours to work with weekly. 168 hours isn’t a lot of time, but what we do with that 168 hours will be the difference between a good life, or a fulfilled life, or changing a mediocre one.
1. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” — Dolly Parton
Dolly was right. Do it on purpose. Wake up with purpose. Train…
There are days while I solo-travel or nomad or backpack that I don’t need anyone but me. I am self-reliant. I live simple. This creates an internal space for happiness and existentialism. For reflection. Maybe you feel this too. To fall off the grid is divine. To disappear into yourself and come back stronger is the chrysalis we “Americans” may need to live better, happier lives.
Why live the nine to five?
Why travel to the same place every year?
Why stay in our comfort zone?
Not many people value working a nine to five as much as society values…
“Dang, where is my hair going?” I asked myself this morning, plodding my fingers through my thinning, backward mullet. My life is probably halfway done. I can get oddly existential on days like this, where I want to meditate on the things and ways and places I’ve been.
Why do I care?
The days are coming shorter and faster and slower and quicker all in the same way. Like a cloud that evolves into a bunny shape and then a dragon seconds later.
This is life and it changes as fast as my mood, or Chicago traffic, or…
“You’re gonna die,” my brother Damon said.
“Maybe, maybe not…” I respond, thumbing through some paint cans. “But I’m done painting. I’m done with the real estate game for a while. I just need a change. I need to challenge myself in a new way.”
“You don’t even know how to sail.”
“No — but I’ll learn.”
My younger brother glanced at me and back to the glistening white wall he was rolling. He had white paint stains on his brown carpenter jeans and a black beanie. He kept his eyes staring forward. …
Expectancy Theory of Motivation says that there is a positive correlation between perceived or real efforts and outcomes; that favorable performance will yield a favorable reward and that reward will satisfy an important need.*
Let me start by saying this: I’m not the smartest, the most athletic, or the most intelligent person. I got a 21 on my ACT in high school. I finally dunked a basketball my senior year in high school and I skipped math entirely in college by finding the major that didn’t make you take it. …
Christmas lights flicker in the early morning in Petoskey, Michigan. The snow falls, layered in fluffy, light flakes, the stuff that can’t turn into snowballs. It’s the stuff that blows through your jacket like fine silt and melts quickly when it lands on your skin. This winter cold was typical of my childhood, and it reminds me of how far I’ve traveled and how much I’ve changed — and yet, how many things don’t change.
Like our American society.
After my 14-year pro-athlete career ended, I used to have a meet-up every Saturday with Petoskey friends. We called this group…