Get Addicted to the Right Things

I am addicted to food. This is not some new revelation, but it is something that I am finally fed up with. I spent some time this morning thinking of how I was going to spend my day off wasting the day eating horribly and napping. But then…

I started to be productive. I was accomplishing things that I had been putting off. I started to feel good about myself and my mindset changed. I wanted to do more things I’d been putting off and the urge to eat so poorly went away. I was gaining the positive momentum and I wanted to keep it going in every aspect of my life. I am heading to the gym as soon as I finish this blog( and my oil change is complete).

And that’s the message- get addicted to the right things! Get addicted to exercising regularly. Get addicted to eating well and staying active. Get addicted to selflessly help other. Fuck it, if you are going to be addicted to something, get in the driver’s seat and choose it for yourself!

Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims

The Roller Coaster Story

I’ve read and listened to a lot of motivational stuff in my time. When you listen to enough, overcoming your fears is a topic that comes up a bit much. Your fears are always much worse than the reality. Let me share a quick story of my journey through self-improvement.

I have always been afraid of heights, so what better place to start. I decided that I would go to Six Flags Great Adventure and ride every roller coaster in the park. I walked over to the Green Lantern ride and got in line for about an hour. I kept telling myself, ‘You can do this. Overcome your fears!’ over and over. I was pumping myself up and was ready to go.

That is, until I got to the front and I was in line to be the next to go on. I started to sweat and shake. I was so petrified that I decided to chicken out. Even worse, there was no exit gate so there was no easy door to escape. I had to walk all the way back through the line.

I was so embarrassed and let my head hang down as I retreated through the hour long line of people. “Excuse me. Pardon me. Excuse me.” I continued to say as I worked my way down the line. I didn’t see many of the people I passed since my head was down, but I did make eye contact with a few of what seemed like 9 year old boys and girls who had the courage to conquer the very same ride that I just cowered from. I remember getting all the way through the line and picking up my head to look back at the ride. I thought to myself, ‘There is nothing that could’ve happened on that ride that would’ve been worse than the regret of not going on that I feel now’.

I’ve lived my life with that mindset ever since. Whenever I feel scared and want to run away from a situation, I remember that the fear of going through it is never as bad as the regret of not doing it. Don’t let fear hold you back! You can handle whatever challenges life throws at you!!

P.S. I went back about a week later and conquered the Green Lantern for myself. I have since retired from riding roller coasters and focus all of my energy on conquering the real roller coaster that we call life!

Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims

You Can’t Wait for Someday to Come!

I have fallen victim to this many times before.  I will say that things will work out as soon as I lose weight or get healthier.  Then I’ll have the confidence to take action and be successful.  What I was really telling myself is that I didn’t believe that I was good enough now to make an impact and be successful.  Now weight isn’t the hurdle for everyone, but it is for me.  For you it might be getting the next promotion, or earning someone’s love, etc.  Either way, I believe that most of us find an excuse to talk ourselves out of reaching our greatness because deep down we don’t believe we are perfect enough to deserve it.  You’ll just continue to wait for someday to come, and guess what, It won’t!

Fuck that!!  Life doesn’t work that way and no one is perfect!  You need to have the courage to try your best today and not sit on the sidelines because you are scared to fail.  If you laugh at your mistakes and failures, the other will laugh along with you, not at you.  Plus, your humility will earn the respect of the others around you.  Plus you’ll have the off-chance that you might actually succeed at what you are doing.  Imagine that!

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims

Don’t put the cart before the horse!

What does the expression even mean, ‘put the cart before the horse’?  Think of the old horse and buggy.  The horse needs to be in front to pull the cart(buggy) down the road.  Putting the cart in front of the horse simply wouldn’t get you anywhere.

In practice, the expression means that we should not get ahead of ourselves.  Much easier said than done i know.  Still we need to remind ourselves of this.  Life is complicated and most things need to take place one thing at a time, in order.  We need to have the patience and focus to handle what is in front of us and not fight the battles of what might be coming down the road.  You will likely find that you are wasting your time worried about events that never come or aren’t nearly as bad as they seem.

Never stop believing in yourself.  Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims

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Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims

Enjoy the ride!

Sometimes you are backed into a corner in life. Things outside of your control surprise you and you need to take action, even though in the grand scheme of things it seems stupid and unnecessary. What can you do at that point to get through with your sanity?

Just enjoy the ride. Once it’s been determined that it is necessary that you deal with it, just take the emotions out of it and do what needs to be done. Try to find a way to have fun with it. Challenge yourself to find ways to joke around and laugh through it.  You’ll be surprised what your mind is capable of.

Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims

Don’t get too high with the highs, or too low with the lows!

I have learned that the key to success is to be humble and not take yourself to seriously. Life is tough and rapidly changes. Sometimes you feel on top of the world and nothing can stop you. Be careful, because things will not always stay that way.

There are also times that you feel as if things are as bad as they could ever be and there is no way out. That is never the case. Evaluate your situation and brainstorm possible solutions. You will be surprised how many you will come up with. Choosing one and following through then becomes the easy part.

Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims