Unleash This Secret Superpower to Change the World

My senses are overloaded like a fried circuit.

I can’t breathe.

I’m paralyzed with this anxiety.

My throat is tightening like a Boa constrictor.

Am I going to have a panic attack? 

Why can’t I beat this? 

Snap out of it. Just focus on the moment. Take action despite the fear. The anxiety doesn’t have to win. Screw that. Nothing I do is quieting my mind.

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I’m miserable. I hate my life. I don’t fit in.

Isolation seems to be the only escape from this madness within my head. I’m absorbing negative thoughts like a dagger to the heart.

I hate being alone. Rejection is crushing my heart.

God. Are you there? 

I feel your presence in my heart. I’m afraid. I want to accept your embrace.

Nobody accepts me.

Why should they? 

I don’t like me either.

Screw ‘em. I don’t need ‘em.

Why would anybody love me just the way I am?

Especially God.

I’m flawed beyond belief. I’m ashamed of the things I have done. I’ve hurt people with my words and actions. I have sinned and given into temptation. Setting a foot in church. Forget it. I would burn like a vampire walking into sunlight.

Can I be a Christian?

I hate religion. I want to be free. I’m suffocating with it’s judgement.

What happens when I fail you? 

Would you accept me then, Lord? 

I’m terrified of becoming a hypocrite.

I want to find happiness.

Is happiness beyond my reach?

I need peace within my heart.

I searched for happiness outside myself. I turned to addiction and perfectionism.

Why can’t I be the person I want to be? 

Happiness comes from within. No person or thing can bring you happiness.

I’m exhausted. I can’t take anymore of this pain.

It’s hopeless. I give up.

This is where the magic happens.

Overcome an obstacle. Easy.

But what do you do in it’s aftermath?

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Struggle is our secret superpower. Harness it’s power. Change the world.

The greatest moment of clarity grips your soul in our darkest of days.

Life doesn’t begin until a struggle shreds you apart to your core.

Battle Plan 

Prepare for the worst; fight like hell.

Observe struggle without expectation like a movie without an ending.

Fighting external forces beyond our control is a losing battle.

Don’t survive. Thrive.

Be bold. Be courageous.

Live with a purpose.

Let the struggle guide you to what’s important in life.

Search for wisdom and knowledge. See where it leads you.

Struggle is a Transformative Journey of Grace

Greatness is reaching your breaking point and letting the pain transform you.

“Grace confronts us with the truth of who we are. It strips us bare and challenges us to change. It tells us we are not condemned, but that we are loved unconditionally, just as we are.” James Prescott, ‘Mosaic of Grace.’

Allow struggle to motivates you to find peace.

Don’t let struggle fuel your anger.

Struggles are a blessing, not a curse.

Struggle is creating a masterpiece from our pain to bring hope to others.

Love them. Forgive them. Encourage them.

“When people love us, when we don’t feel like loving them. That’s grace.”James Prescott, ‘Mosaic of Grace.’

Love is life’s most beautiful struggle.

Heartache prepares us for the journey to find everlasting love.

A woman’s loving, sweet kiss upon your lips is beyond beautiful.

Live and die by integrity.

Live without fear.

Don’t fear God’s embrace. I did for the longest time. God loves us despite our failures. He wants us love ourselves and be at peace. That’s why God sent His Only Son to die for our sins.

“The way of grace is this: Finding our value in the fact we are uniquely created children of the devine, loved and accepted unconditionally as we we are, even in the messiness of our lives.” James Prescott, ‘Mosaic of Grace.’

My friend, James Prescott gives us an incredible reminder to the power of God’s grace. His upcoming book Mosaic of Grace releases February 13th.

Find out more info and join the movement here.

Preorder by clicking here.

How did you unleash struggle as the secret superpower in your life? How has grace changed your life? 

Share in the comments. 

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Determined Soul Awakening: The Mission

Hello, my fellow Determined Souls. Have you ever felt misunderstood or alone in the world?

I did until I discovered something incredible. The beauty in life is in our struggles. I was born a fighter to overcome obstacles. I fight against my weakening muscles from DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy). I find more beauty in life with every passing day.

In my early to late teens, I struggled to relate to others because of my physical differences. This led me to a dark, isolated place. The pain of rejection led me to seclusion. Social anxiety and depression grasps me with an overwhelming death grip. My struggles became my enemy.

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Life looked bleak and hopeless until I met Mr. Baird, my high school English teacher. He’s an upbeat gentleman with a full grey beard that walked with a cane. His intense passion for the written art was contagious. The power of story showed me the beauty in life. I found my purpose by picking up the pen.

As I wrote from the heart, I learned that my struggles and differences are a blessing. Our struggles don’t define us; they strengthen us. Encouraging others and uniting us is the heart and soul of my existence.

The goal of this blog is to unleash our greatest potential to soar in life and change the world. 

I explore how we can unleash our greatest potential to change the world using two methods:

1) Finding the gold nuggets of wisdom in our struggles. By harnessing the power of the wisdom in our struggles, life’s beauty shines with greater intensity. You start to learn how there are lessons in all our experiences. Good or bad. Happiness is in our reach at all times. We understand that our lives are full of endless possibilities. Courage, honor and love is our driving force.

2) Awakening the curiosity and imagination from our childhood. It’s our battle plan against the ordinary. As kids, we believed that we could take on the world. Nothing could stop us. We can become superheroes, soldiers, race car drivers, firemen, survivalists, mountain climbers, etc. Our curiosity to explore the world around us never wore off. We would always ask “Why.” Some people hate others. Why?

I’m a quiet warrior. I’m ready to lead my fellow curious, determined souls on this amazing journey.

Are you with me? 

Find out more about this journey by clicking here.

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How to become a self-disciplined bad ass: Lessons from The Accountant

1. Nothing is impossible through self-discipline. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is not your average type of bad ass. He has high functioning autism. A genius with numbers and the incredible ability to go into hyper focus mode. He’s socially awkward; blunt and direct. Jokes, sarcasm, and common social cues confuse him. It’s funny as hell to see his conversations with people. Arrogant douchebags despise him. Chill people accept him. Christian learned to live an independent, self-sufficient life.

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Christian’s father (Robert C. Treveiler) was a soldier and self-discipline perfectionist. He took his boys, Christian and Brax (John Bernthal) around the world. They our trained by the best martial artists and Special Forces type operatives. He raised them to stand their ground and perform with the utmost precision. Failure is not an option. Christian became an independent accountant for high profile criminal organizations. Brax became the leader of a hit squad. Christian survived the criminal world by staying on the move and outsmarting his enemies.

Christian’s a killing machine. Nobody can match his deadly fighting and shooting skills. Intense self-disciplined allowed Christian to overcome any obstacle that he came across.

2. Simplicity over complexity. Simplicity keeps Christian moving forward in life; rigorous routine and hyper focus. He must complete tasks or he becomes agitated when his plans fall apart. He lived with nothing but the essentials. He had few possessions along with a few beautiful painting masterpieces. They brought him peace and calmed his mind. Christian had about a dozen identical suits and shoes. He owned one set of silverware and dishes. It took him 50 seconds to do the dishes. His food menu was simple. It never changed. It takes me five minutes to decide what to eat from a menu because everything looks good. Million-dollar idea: Restaurants where you can sample the menu before you eat it like Costco. Now, make it happen!

I love pure simplicity and efficiency. Decision fatigue is a bitch to deal with. I hate wasting time on unimportant decisions. Finding ways to automate unimportant decisions is a lot of help in life. Don’t complicate life. Flip the bird to stress and anxiety.

Living a simple life brings out the best in you. It enhances your focus on what’s most important in life. You begin to lead a meaningful life. Amazing things start to happen.

3. Embrace who you are. Christian was socially awkward and he was cool with it. He ran into problems and he solved them without complaint. Fear didn’t hold him back. He was not afraid to be who he was. His autism didn’t slow him down; it made him stronger. Christian embraced his strengths. He could go into hyper focus mode and master anything he put his mind to.

When you focus on your strengths, you no longer see yourself as a failure. You know who you are. You’re capable of greatness.  Disabilities or limitations don’t have to hold you back. You can overcome any challenge in your life when you have faith in your abilities.    

4. Live by an honor code. Christian was in prison for a while and his cellmate became a father figure, best friend and mentor. He handled numbers for a mafia crime family. He taught Christian everything he knew about surviving the criminal world. He also taught him how to become an accounting mastermind. The crime family had Christian’s mentor tortured and killed. Christian struck back with brutal vengeance by taking them all out. Christian has a strong loyalty to those that are close to him. He lives by a strict honor code. You don’t screw with his loved ones or those he cares about.

Honor is what separates us from the scumbags. The true test of a warrior is in their strength of character.

5. Love can conquer any obstacle. Christian met a friendly accountant, Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) on one of his accounting jobs for a client, Lamar Black (John Lithgow). Dana took a genuine interest in Christian. Christian and Dana discovered inconsistencies with Mr. Black’s company financials. Mr. Black was an evil, old crony businessman. He hired Christian’s brother Brax and his hit squad to kill his employees who knew too much. Christian found out Dana was in danger and he risked it all to keep her safe. He took her to a safe place, while he took down the hit squad and worked things out with Brax. Christian and Dana developed a strong connection towards each other. Dana wanted to pursue a romantic relationship with him. Christian believed she would be better off without him.

That’s bullshit. Love always deserves a chance to succeed because it will amaze you every time. No obstacle is impossible to overcome through love. Don’t ever give up on love under any circumstance. Love is more powerful than you could ever imagine.

What amazing things have you accomplished in life through self-discipline? Did you ever think it was possible? Share in the comments.

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