“Don’t go through life; grow through life.”

“Don’t go through life; grow through life.”
-Eric Butterworth

Some many cliches could be used to expand upon this simple quote, I’ll spare you the redundancy.   We all have a choice to just get by, or to love what we do and really make in impact in this world.  I’ve always chose the latter.

We aren’t always going to make the right decision 100% of the time, but the true test is when presented with the same situation will you make the same mistake?

Have a great day!

What’s worse than being unemployed?

About a month ago I decided that it was time to start working out again.  I was tired of being out of shape and today marks day 15 of my journey into the P90x workout program.  I did Chest & Back.  But it almost didn’t happen.

I found out over the weekend that as of January ,1st, I would no longer have a job.  The company I work for is closing it’s doors.  So needless to say, after hearing that I will be losing my main source of income, my priorities have shifted.  I woke up today thinking I should probably put my workouts on hold so I can devote all of my resources to finding a new job.  And I’m sure most people would have understood.

But then I remembered a quote that I posted on the Motivated Quotes Facebook page not too long ago — “An excuse that makes sense is a rationalization.”  We can always find fantastic reasons that make perfect sense to not be doing the things that we should be doing, but in the end, it’s still just a rationalization.  And besides, I can think of one thing worse than being unemployed.  And that is being unemployed and out of shape.

– Ryan

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”Soren Kiergaard

I saw this quote and it actually motivated me to contribute this site again.  I think we all have felt this way.  We all seek the answers to life but fail to realize that most often the answers are born out of a commitment to a process. There always isn’t going to a be right or wrong answer, sometimes we have to surrender to faith, blind optimism, destiny, or whatever you want to call it.  We all can find hope in that the each interaction, challenge, or joyous moment simply is a piece of the puzzle.  All the pieces of the puzzle are the product of your life experiences and you just have to have faith that the puzzle will turn out the way you hope.

I don’t think any of us really enjoy thinking about our futures.  Let’s face it, we can’t predict what’s going to happen. And in life sometimes the thing you didn’t expect is what you really wanted after all.  Maybe although it is extremely difficult, the best thing we can do is stop trying to figure out where you’re going and simply just enjoy where you’re at.

Have a great Friday!






We often choose to ignore the real power of our thoughts, because if it’s true, what do we do with our excuses?

–Dennis Collins

“I’m too old.”

“I’m not smart enough.”

“I don’t have time.”

“I’m too poor.”

“I can’t lose weight.”

“I tried that already.”

“My (boss, spouse, kid) is driving me crazy.”

Familiar?  Do you recognize some old friends here?

We spend most of our time in the comfort zone of negativity.

If you think a negative thought, make an excuse or make a negative request of the universe, it will be granted.  The mission of a thought is to fulfill the intent of the thinker.

There are two kinds of thoughts: Empowering and Limiting. The strongest limiting thoughts:  Fears, Doubts and Worries.

We fail to reach our potential mainly due to our inability to conquer our limiting beliefs.

Good news.

Thoughts and beliefs are changed by choice.

What we get in life is what we look for. It’s possible to find anything that we look for.  By changing what we look for we can quickly and radically change our lives.




 “We are what we repeatedly do.”


Are we what we think about? Are we what we dream about?  Are we what we aspire to be?

Aristotle had it right all those centuries ago.

In reality we are judged only by what we do over time, not what we say, think or dream.

If you want to know who you really are, look at your daily schedule, those things you actually do everyday.  What patterns do you see?  What are your real priorities?  What do you really value? Actions don’t lie.

Our actions determine who we really are and who we will become.

What does your daily schedule look like?  Is it in alignment with your hopes, your dreams, your goals, your aspirations?

Are you substituting thoughts and dreams for action?

What one tiny step can you take right now in the direction of who and what you want to be?

Then, take another one tomorrow, and the next day, and so on.

Aristotle is telling us that’s how you build the life of your dreams.