Make Your Impact (Yup, I’m Back)
By Chris Seeger
What use are skills and talents if we don’t utilize them? It’s been over a year since my last post. It simply seemed as though life, friends and work all came before my talent. (Writing) Every time I’ve sat down at my computer to poke away at my keyboard I always seemed to find an excuse to do something else. Maybe it was that I just couldn’t find the motivation or inspiration I needed. Honestly, I suppose I felt as though I could never bring myself to write anything of significance. But today it hit me; square in the face, as if it had been there my entire life and I’d been blind to it. I’ll never know unless I keep at it. I don’t necessarily need motivation or inspiration to sit down and put my thoughts in word form. Will. Pure unbreakable will power is the only way. It’s the only way to create anything of substance in life, for any of us. When you want something bad enough, you make it a priority. As naive and basic as that sounds, strong will power is something that very few people actually possess. My ultimate goal to become a successful writer. Whether that’s in the cards for me will continue to be a mystery unless I strap in, push myself to succeed, and believe in my natural ability. Believing in myself has, to this point in my life, always been my most difficult struggle. I know I’m capable of far more than the extremely limited extent of my accomplishments. I’ve never sincerely applied myself to anything in my life, which to this day is my biggest regret. I’m sure most of you have heard the saying, “If only you knew then what you know now.” Well, if time travel is possible, someone please leave a explanatory, “How to” comment for me all my readers who need a do-over. On a serious note, as of this moment none of us can travel back and fix things from the past. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to improve our future. Rarely do we as human beings get second chances. Though we can dictate the choices we make. Personally I’ve made quite a few bad choices in my life. The only person that can prevent positive change is yourself. We all search for meaning in our lives. We all want to matter. We all want to be remembered. The key is believing you can make an impact on more lives than your own.
The Strength of Will
By Chris Seeger
Along my journey of self-improvement and inspiration I discovered a profound truth that is already a well-known fact. The strength of will is true strength indeed. Though it is well-known, it is rarely used to it’s extraordinary potential. In a few of my past blog entries I have touched on will power but never went into depth. I have only recently begun to understand the true power of will myself. Basically will power is the ability to push one’s self beyond limits they themselves or others thought possible. This philosophy can be applied to anything in a person’s life. From the most menial daily task to a seemingly impossible undertaking, willpower can be used to improve one’s attitude and odds of success. It can even be used to improve a person’s happiness. Even though it has been a recognized human trait for hundreds, if not thousands of years, will power has been neglected because many people choose an easy path through life. In order to fully utilize will power one must accept a simple truth. The fact that they have the capability to complete or surpass whatever goal they want to achieve. Many people fall short of their goal because of limitations they set for themselves. We as humans are not perfect creatures by any means. The strength to continue on until one’s goal is accomplished is true strength of will. To pick one’s self back up after failing and trying until we surpass our goal is the peak of the human existence.
As of late I have been training my strength of will in order to surpass my own goals. From my daily workouts to my dedication to sit down and continue writing, will power has pushed me forward. The system I have come up with in order to meet and exceed the goals I set is very easy to understand and implement. For my workouts I tell myself I will run 1.5 miles. Once I begin running and hit that mark I keep going, forcing myself to run 2 miles. I continue pushing myself until I hit 2.5, then 3 and so on and so forth. Don’t push so hard you hurt yourself but also don’t settle for mediocre. Regrettably I must confess that throughout my entire life I have rarely pushed myself past the bare minimum. As I stated previously, I am just now, (at 24 years old) beginning to understand the true strength felt from actually applying one’s will. It takes years of intently training one’s ability to harness their willpower in order to surpass the limitations they have set for themselves. Though it is insanely tough now, I have a feeling once I finally do reach that point, it will all be worth it. Until recent months I had never grasped the saying, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” Now I push myself past my limits every day. As a result I have gained the strength to quit many of my bad habits, follow my passion for writing and massively improve the condition of my body. I suppose the lesson I would choose to leave my readers is to not set limitations for yourself. Breaking a limit set by yourself is terribly harder than knowing there are no limits. Push yourself to run that extra mile, put down that cookie, read a book and altogether improve yourself.
“The strength of will is true strength indeed.”- Chris Seeger
Slow and Steady
By Chris Seeger
A few days ago I found myself involved in an stimulating dinner conversation about my blog with a friend. (Who shall remain nameless.) My friend had been previously informed about what I’m trying to accomplish with my writing and had read a some of my posts. In the midst of our sturdy opinions and personal beliefs during our discussion, he posed a question. A question that I believed, if answered, would aid my readers along their difficult paths to improvement. A comment I made about an unhealthy habit he was struggling to cope with caused him to tilt his head sideways, giving me a sarcastic smirk. As if to say, “Not everyone can just drop all their bad habits.” Apologetically I hung my head, personally remembering how long I struggled with the same habit. After a short awkward silence he asked me, “How do I get rid of so many bad habits?” The question rang through my ears like a buzzer on a game show, I had just selected the topic for my next post. Immediately I thought the question was coincidence. For the past couple of days my thought process had been centered on ways to make it easier for those with many unhealthy habits to quit. Though, like I have fore-mentioned, the road to improvement is difficult, and slow. I had basically zoned myself out of the conversation at that point while I pondered his simple question. Yet, at that dinner, another seemingly coincidental chain of events casually provided a solution for me. Our waitress took our plates and returned with our check. Essentially, the check was a list of items my friend and I had purchased. It hit me like a freight train. Why hadn’t I thought of it before? I looked at my friend who was in the process of signing his check and said, “Make a list.” He looked up inquisitively and said, “What are you talking about?” I pointed to the check and remarked, “Make a list. A list of all your bad habits off the top of your head.” His face began to show signs of discernment as he caught on to my idea. “Once you have a list of all your bad habits pick one. Only one, and cross it off.” He understood the entirety of my idea now. Smiling he gave me a hug and we went our separate ways; both feeling fulfilled.
Slow and steady wins the race. That dinner challenged me with a problem and inspired me to seek a method to solve that problem. Everyone has at least a few bad habits that need shaving down. Make your list. Pick one thing on that list and make a decision to quit that negative influence in your life. Once you are ready, and have quit the first thing you crossed off, move on to the next thing on the list. Just creating a list is only part of the answer. Hang your list on the fridge, your desk at work or on your car’s dashboard. Hang it someplace visible to you every day as a reminder of your change. Those who honestly have the desire to commit can make a difference in their life with this method. Committing and following through is the key. Continue crossing off your bad habits slow and steady and you will improve your quality of life.
Find Your Design
By Chris Seeger
My blog’s entire philosophy has been built on the constant and vigilant search for inspiration. Yet I have failed you, my ever-faithful readers. I have overlooked one of the most essential components required when hunting for what genuinely inspires you. Being able to identify inspiration when it presents itself. You may think, “I already know what my inspiration is.” You very well may, (know-it-all) although I doubt you understand it from my perspective, so listen up! Every person experiences inspiration differently. I for example, have always had an affinity for the water and nature. Some may be inspired by art, others inspired by music. Few may not even know what inspires them because they have never been able to interpret their true passion. The essence of inspiration is mercurial. It can be felt by all at any time and found even in the most unlikely of places. The concepts of inspiration are whatever you perceive as admirable, impressive, and beautiful. Visualize whatever skill or quality that you particularly excel at and you will find your true passion. There are no excuses on this one. If you truly wish to find your purpose you have to commit yourself. Everyone possesses some attribute that they can utilize even if they haven’t found it yet. Once you have uncovered your passion don’t let it go to waste. Practice that skill and craft it into your own identity in this world. Immerse your self in your passion and you are sure to be inspired. Do this and you will not only find inspiration from your purpose, you will inspire others to find theirs. Now that I have fulfilled my need to share my sound inspirational advice, go out in the world and find your design. I only ask one favor in return. Let me know what you discover. Please comment and tell me what inspires you. I wish you all luck in the enterprise for your ultimate truth.
“Find your design.”- Chris Seeger
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”- Bruce Lee
Smoking Will Kill You, But You Already Know That
By Chris Seeger
How many times have you told yourself, “I will quit smoking?” How many times have you failed? Trust me, I understand the feeling. I can say without a doubt that when I finally did quit it was the easiest choice I ever made. It isn’t my goal to force anyone to quit smoking nor is it my place to criticize those who do. I merely wish to tell my story and hopefully inspire someone to make their own decision to quit. I smoked two packs a day for almost a decade. I quit in one day after trying to quit for years. I’m not trying to sell something or advertise brands for companies. The answer isn’t some magic drug or gum, or even those money pits called vapes. There is only one solution to quitting your smoking habit and you already know what it is. Will power. Simple, elegant, and is something that isn’t only affordable if you are rich or famous. Everyone has it but very few use it. I’ll admit that it took me getting repulsively sick (with something I can only describe as the worst flu ever mixed with a crappy cocktail of bronchitis) to actually find the will power to quit. I could barely get out of bed long enough to use the bathroom or eat anything. Turns out after the sickness had passed I had lost almost 20 pounds in one week. Undernourishment and not being able to hold down the little food I did eat took a toll. It was not a joyride.
I realized that the cigarettes had been destroying my immune system and shredding my lungs. I always knew smoking would kill me and I knew I would slowly deteriorate, but until I actually felt like I was dying I had no motivation to quit. I didn’t quit out of fear. I made an important choice the day I started to get better. A choice to instead of destroy my body and my life, to improve and amend my life. The best part about it was that it was an easy choice at that point. Will power is one of the hardest things a person can master. It is like trying to learn any other skill. It takes training and discipline. (Yes, I am trying to sound like an ancient kung-fu master training his students. It motivates the prospect of will power. Also, sounds more bad-ass.) The key to disciplining your will power is that you have to WANT to do it. Otherwise you might as well give up. I told myself that I wanted to quit so many times without actually committing. I can only hope that I made the choice to commit before I did permanent damage to my lungs and body as a whole. Life is what you make of it. Smoking shortens the already short life you have. Improve your life by enlightening yourself.
About a week after I quit smoking I started noticing that I could breathe a little better. I didn’t even know that I was having trouble breathing because it had been a decade since I had taken a fresh breath of air. About three weeks after I quit smoking I realized I was able to smell things with such vivid sensation and flavor that it seemed I had just been reborn into the world. It has been almost six months since I quit smoking. Not only did my sense of smell increase rapidly, my other senses started becoming sharper as well.
I have kept the 20 pounds off that I lost while I was sick. Now its all muscle considering now I can actually run further than a dead snail without gasping for breath. I have begun a workout regiment that includes running a few miles every day. I also quit drinking alcohol the same time I quit smoking but that’s a story for another post. (I’d rather ease you into the whole “crazy” will power concept that most people seem to struggle with.) In total I feel more energetic and fulfilled than when smoking controlled my life. I am proud of myself for having the dedication and willpower to quit cold turkey in one day and stay that way. Over the past six months I have worked on training my sense of willpower and have drastically modified my life for the better. The strength you feel when you aren’t enslaved to something like smoking is unbelievable. Improve your life by quitting smoking and the new world that will open up to you is endlessly rewarding.