Goliaths

Fear is such a powerful emotion that the way we react to it will ultimately determine what we achieve and who we become. Fear creates confusion, hinders our determination, creates impatience, places roadblocks in our pathway toward personal growth, and impairs our ability to change. Our brains are hard-wired to release chemicals in the heat of battle which cause us to stand up and fight like a warrior as a response to the most intense situations we face, but sadly, all too often, we tend to run from our fear which robs us of attaining so much more because what we are facing seems way too risky.

To me, “no risk” equals “no reward” however my risk free world came crashing down last winter when I was faced with my own fear of being an ineffective father. Even though I admired many of those men around me who were “good fathers”, I sadly didn’t buy into the need or desire to become one until I was met head on with the pain, heartache, and suffering as the result of my failure as an effective Dad. Now, I appreciate the depth and impact that an effective father makes; and I don’t think there is a harder more powerful, rewarding, or impactful job in this world.

The lessons learned in the woods and along my journey have been valuable and necessary for my growth, renewal, and rediscovery. Success to me is much more than wins, losses, or bagging that giant buck. Life is about uncertainty and adventure. The lessons along your journey can serve as a reminder of who you are, where you have been, where you are going, how far you have come, and how changing your direction can impact your future. Embrace uncertainty, and don’t let what you CAN’T do prevent you from doing what you CAN. If I can do it then so can you.

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I have always admired people who are not afraid to put one foot in front of the who have the attitude that quitting is not an option. The only one who ever fails is the only one who never tries. If you are not happy, fix the problem. You have the tools to slay the Goliath that stands in your way. God is waiting for you and wants to be a part of your journey. Hope, love, forgiveness is found at the Cross. Its up to you. God speed.

 

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Yes you can!

There are two types of people in this world— those that say, “I CAN” and those that say, “I CAN’T.” The “I CAN” people reach deep within to find the inner strength and confidence to ask one simple question: Am I the person I was meant to be? They let the seed of their true self grow and mature, creating an unbreakable belief in themselves that all things are possible. They live life to the fullest, finding pleasure in everything they do. They are wiling to let go of their inhibitions and take a risk to find out who they are and what they are made of. Rather than run from fear, they take the risk to follow their dream; even if there is a chance that they might fail. They set specific goals that focus on what they want to achieve, rather than dwelling on the hard work it takes to get there. They rest when tired and allow their emotions help guide them along their journey. They believe above all things that they are smart enough, strong enough, and talented enough to persevere even when the going gets tough.

I haven’t always been a super positive person who believed that all things were possible. My life unraveled and went out of control when I hit rock bottom in 1999. I had low self-esteem, was depressed, overweight, and had a negative attitude; all because I let a four letter word “FEAR” get the best of me. When things seemed out of control, 3 key people introduced me to Jesus Christ. That set in motion a series of events that changed my life forever.

The lessons learned in the woods and along my journey have been valuable and necessary for my growth, renewal, and rediscovery. Success to me is much more than wins, losses, or bagging that giant buck. The place I feel the closest to God is in the wilderness. It’s the place where my soul comes alive and where I hear the encouraging loving soft voice without judgement or condemnation. To me failure is not the end but a new beginning. A dream is only a dream until you put action in motion. You have only one life to live so get after it.image