FEAR: Face Everything and Rise

Wow, what a month! And I’m not saying that as happy guy who just beat his numbers and exceeded expectations. No, I’m saying that like a man staring down a locomotive while tied to the racks.

This has been a tough month, but my team rode it out.

When I was a young man, a very good friend of mine said, “John, life is difficult and once you understand that it gets a whole lot easier.”

When life is tough, I often revert to that statement. The moment I first heard this, I felt like life was REALLY hard. This feeling can strike you at any time in your life and sometimes more than once. That fear will punch you in the gut and give you a reality check that you desperately don’t want. How you react to that fear will define you as a person.

“Life is difficult.” I understand that now, and it has become a mantra. Be grateful for today, grateful to fail and to have opportunity,  grateful for family, friends, co-workers and teammates.  It’s not going to be easy every day. It’s going to be difficult. So go ahead….have FEAR.

FEAR = Face Everything And Rise

When it seems like it’s all going bad, you need passion for your job or whatever it is to take you through it. If you don’t have the passion to get through the tough spots, you will fail. Face what is hard & rise up.

This month was not what I expect from me or from my team at 9DOTS. What are we doing about it? I know what we aren’t doing. We aren’t taking it on the chin or quitting.  We will rise. When you feel like you are struggling, sometimes you can forget that the opportunity for change is there for you to seize at any moment. Change happens every day: a sunrise on a brand new day. The beginning of a new week, a new month, a new quarter, a new year.

Life is difficult. Understanding life and living it is a journey. Change is the only constant. When something occurs that gives you pause, face it, study it, rise over the challenge.

Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” If you aren’t getting the result you’re expecting, CHANGE! Tomorrow is a new day. Soon after you read this, there will be a new minute, a new hour. Don’t wait. Make it happen.

From Einstein to Rocky Balboa. There is inspiration all over for you to use as motivation. Rocky Balboa says something I think about often,

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place… and I don´t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit… It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward… how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That´s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits.“

August, we took the hits, but we WILL keep moving forward. We have FEAR.

Be the change you want in life. Know that “life is difficult.” Have the passion and the will to overcome the tough spots, be grateful for the tough spots. There is a new opportunity to improve happening every minute, every hour and every day. Take the hits.

FACE EVERYTHING AND RISE. That’s how winning is done!