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The 54th Deadline: Chump

The 54th Deadline: Chump

At this point, I can admit it – I have been nothing but a huge chump throughout my life. Always following the rules. Still trying to stay in my lane. Always trying to play it safe. But what does it get me? Where does it take me? Nowhere. I just feel so trapped at times. Nothing ventured, right? If I do not show some kind of courage, some notion, even a smidge, of gumption… Where else would I be? That’s…

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The 54th Deadline: Wick

The 54th Deadline: Wick

Like we all should feel, I have this inkling that my time in my current situation has a finite limit. Rightfully so. I don’t want to live where I am living forever. That would be thinking too small. I need to think about moving beyond my boundaries and comfort zone. To pursue what I want most out of life, at least the notion of it, requires me to be daring. Otherwise, I can and will remain stuck where I am….

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The 54th Deadline: Open Wounds

The 54th Deadline: Open Wounds

The bottom line of my ongoing story is that, in many ways, I have been hurting. My open wounds aren’t that obvious on the outside. They don’t physically bleed out for others to see in plain sight. Instead, it all occurs within, and the damage has halted my progress for almost a decade at this point. It sounds so lame that something has hurt me so badly that it is holding me back in place psychologically. Every day, I feel…

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The 54th Deadline: Toward Victory

The 54th Deadline: Toward Victory

At the end of the day, it’s safe to say most people want to be winners. Yeah, well, duh. It’s obvious we all would like to be part of the winner circle if only every other time. Long ago, I was quite the fearful of winning, but let me explain. Basically, I was scared of the notion of having too much attention on me. In many ways, this was a dangerous mentality to have in terms of accomplishing things. In…

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The 54th Deadline: Self-Value

The 54th Deadline: Self-Value

As the more time passes, the more I realize that creating your own sense of “self-value” becomes more important. Sure, it would be nice if everyone could just be “successful.” It is just a childish dream to think that everyone deserves nice things. Yeah, it’s just how it is. It’s cruel, unfair and unpleasant for many people out there. For me, there was a point where I just wanted to be angry at the universe. I acted entitled, just thinking…

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The 54th Deadline: Heart

The 54th Deadline: Heart

What is one of the reasons why I have been able to keep going despite technically enduring lots and lots of failures up to this point? Heart. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t consider myself the most tenacious person out there. I used to be a lot tougher in my own ways, but I have definitely gotten much weaker in terms of resolve. Still, I persist. I try to keep going forward, even if everything out in the world seems…

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The 54th Deadline: Getting Past Obstacles

The 54th Deadline: Getting Past Obstacles

One particular mentality I really want to adopt to the maximum degree is the notion of always looking for a solution. A way in. A means to get past a wall. A way to get over it. A way to break right through if necessary. This notion is fundamental when you think about how many of us can let stupid problems stop us in our tracks. In plenty of cases, something blocking your way is only as bad as you…

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