You need to keep your priorities straight!

As I sat down to write this blog, Kareen said, ‘Can you go up and shower the kids?’. I responded with, ‘In a minute.  I am writing my blog post!’. Time to take my own advise…

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

You can’t always take the easy road…

I have had a very challenging life and I am also a general manager of a busy cafe.   I have many hard choices to make.   These are not always easy  and sometimes I try to talk myself into running away.  I would get nervous and then try to find a way to take the easy was out and try to take the path of least resistance every time.

The problem with that philosophy is that your problems only get bigger if you try to ignore them.  For example, what would happen if you are with someone who is physically abusive, staying with them and hoping they would change?  Or if you you decided to let an employee get another chance even though you had issued him a final warning?  Or if you are surrounding yourself with your long time friends who are only dragging you down and not helping you get closer to your goals? All of those are examples of taking the easy way out.  However, if you really want to live a fulfilling life, you need to have the courage to make the tough and uncomfortable decision to stand you’re ground and make the progress you desire.

Remember on of my famous quotes from author Tim Ferriss…

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Keeping it moving…

Hey again,

So after 2 days of rest from the gym and a long workweek, I am having a productive day.  I went to the gym right when it opened, took Grayson to his soccer game, and now Kareen and I are going to look at a few houses again.   I can’t allow myself to get discouraged and give up.   We will continue to focus on what we can control and push through the rejection.  Great things are about to happen, I can feel it!

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Do your best and forget the rest!

I had to cut my workout short today.  After many hours in the car these past 2 days, my right knee is hurting.   I was hopeful I’d be ready today, but I started to feel pain after a just 6 minutes.   I had tried to push through pain like this in the past and wound up injuring my knee, which kept me from excerising for several weeks.  This time I has the good sense to know that I’m better off resting for a day and staying the course in all other aspects.   In the words of fitness expert Tony Horton(creator of P90X)….

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Week 4 weigh in!

Today I had my week 4 weigh in.  I lost 1.2 pounds which totals 16.2 pounds for the first month!  I was hoping for more this week, but the overall monthly loss is encouraging that I am on the right course!

Never stop believing in yourself!   Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Good Morning!

Good Morning everyone.   This morning I need to be at a meeting in Parsippany at 8am.   For those of you not familiar with New Jersey, that is about a 2+ hour drive in rush hour traffic.  That’s an early day and an easy one to say, ‘I’ve got a long day ahead of me.  Theres no time to go to the gym.’. Not me!  I woke up at 4:00 am to get to the gym right when it opened at 4:30.   I’ve learned that you need to stay committed to your plan regardless of outside circumstances.  I want to leave you with quote from a graduation speech from Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz. He said,’There’s never a wrong time to do the right thing, and there’s never a right time to do the wrong thing!’. 

Never stop believing in yourself.  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Denied!

Remember in my first blog when I mentioned that I was starting this while I was still getting my life back together, Well….

Unfortunately my credit isn’t the best due to a divorce, bankruptcy, etc.   Last week, we found a house to rent that was in my price range that we were really excited about.  We wasted no time gathering paystubs, credit reports, and submitting our application.    We waiting 2 days for a response and we finally got the answer today- Our application was DENIED! 

Had I had a similar experience in my 20’s, I would’ve reacted as if the world was coming to an end.  But when you have been through as many ups and downs as I have, you learn that another opportunity will show up around the  corner if you stay positive and don’t give up.  I am going to keep my head up, be grateful for all I have, and keep my eyes open so I am ready for the next opportunity.  Sometimes it’s the things that don’t work out, that lead you to exactly where you need to be.  

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂