Can be located here at The Awesomeness of Everything – it’s a good story on continually improving. I think it’s funny too but that’s just my opinion and could be a little bias.

I promise to be back on the 365 days of getting it done real soon. I miss y’all!

Be good.

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Posted by: craigsblogs72 | June 20, 2014

Stay on the positive path, no matter the challenges

 

Jim Carrey’s words in the sixty-second clip are the simple truth. Ask the universe what you want, believe in it and then go after it – NO MATTER WHAT COMES YOUR WAY!

Yet as much as the message is simple, the journey to keep pursuing what we ask for can be challenging at times. There’ll be times when you just want to throw your hands in the air and say F*CK IT! (Sorry, I am who I am). Tough questions are asked as to why we pursue what we pursue when there are easier paths to follow.

That’s where it takes a mental toughness to stay focused on the positive. That’s where the magic is at for the universe will respond in kind no matter what is going on. For the last few weeks, the steps I’ve taken through dark woods have made me want to turn around on a number of occasions and go back to the life I’ve always lived – that is, work with the same types of businesses to generate the same kind of results. But something inside has always wanted to keep pushing forward. To continually improve. And that has taught me to keep mentally focused on positive thoughts and actions. More so in the last few weeks than ever before.

Today is so one of those moments that has me in total agreement with Jim Carrey, where by persisting on a path that has been ridden with so many attempts to derail the mission has led to a very positive outcome indeed. Life changing? Yes, I would have to say so.

There’s something highly rewarding that comes from backing yourself in, of taking charge and making it happen. Not just to improve our own lives, but for those around us as well. It’s when you go chasing dreams that have the ability to create a positive change in your world that the universe will give you the green light to go ahead… but possibly after you’ve been dragged through the  mud. Just be prepared for that.

But if you want it bad enough, go after it with such positive intent and action, then BAM!

Peace.

P.S. Thanks for the inspiration from the sunshine state. You know who you are.

 

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | May 22, 2014

Individually we fight, together we unite

 

Fight.

It’s a strong word and not one that I usually throw around too often. But right now in my life, I feel like it’s a fight. It’s a fight I have to go through individually – in my own head. But together we unite for the greater good of our individual battles.

Work, if that’s what it can be could at the moment, is tough. “Troops” are falling down (moving on to greener pastures) and those that are left are facing an unknown future. So individually we struggle with our internal thoughts. What is happening at work has a flow on effect in our personal lives. That then adds weight to what is going on.

Yet there’s something that keeps us moving forward. Our unity to survive. It’s like I’m starting to understand our human instincts at a deeper level. That flight or fight syndrome is really happening. Those that need to move because it has become too much both financially and mentally have. Then there’s those of us that are left, slowly but surely losing our grip on reality and losing belief in something that does not exist anymore.

Apparently we create our universe and if that’s the case, I’m clearly thinking a lot of the wrong thoughts. Hmm. I think this paragraph has shed some light on my approach to the situation. My thoughts conflict on an hourly basis. One moment life is great! The next, life is challenging! Perhaps it’s time to hold steady on one course and see where the wind takes me.

For those of you that read this blog (and again, I thank you immensely and gratefully), perhaps you could share your current challenges and how you’re treading through them. I’d love to hear from you.

 

 

 

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | May 20, 2014

Focus, decision and action

Anthony Robbins said that on a CD I listened to a few days ago. Right now, there’s been enough focus on the challenge. It’s time to decide and take action.

Hanging on to hope can be energy draining, soul destroying and downright brutal on one’s capacity to think clearly. The monumental amount of inner strength it takes to keep rising to challenges that have no outcome in sight is slowly dissipating. Broken promises coupled with lack of communication is something that cannot be addressed easily.

It’s time to decide. It’s time to move on. Done.

My will maybe slightly broken right now, but it will heal. And quickly.

Shortly I will start the process of change. The universe and I are one because my integrity and heart still stand tall and strong. Together we still move towards what I want to achieve. It’ll now be with a different vessel.

Peace.

 

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | May 14, 2014

Walking the dogs and finding peace

But before today’s post, this is what I’m currently listening to.

Back to walking the dogs and finding peace. For some time now I’ve been considering meditation but haven’t never put aside the time to do it. If I’m going down the rabbit hole with the online space that I work then I’m enjoying time with my gal and dogs at home. The reason for wanting to meditate is to become a calmer person. Maybe find a little enlightenment along the way.

Every now and then when walking the dogs I’ll stop and take in everything around me. Listen to the chirps of random birds, peer to the sky and see how amazing it looks in the afternoon or just feel life around me. Hey, this is starting to sound like someone taking “V” on True Blood. All jokes aside, that’s what happened this afternoon and it got me thinking. What if I took the time that I spend walking the dogs as a moment to reflect, to embrace and be grateful of life and clear my mind for a little while? (There’s probably a few of you who already do this – I’m just a little slower on the uptake sometimes).

That idea came five minutes into the walk. Forty minutes later and I walked back into the house invigorated. There are many challenges to face yet I feel more confident, more at peace and more excited about them. The meditating walk is now part of my daily routine… just not sure why I didn’t start doing this earlier.

Peace.

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | May 13, 2014

Being grateful

Lately the posts from this blog have been focused on challenges. Therefore it’s time to switch it up today. Being grateful is where it’s at.

Today I’m grateful for:

  • a gorgeous girlfriend, who for the last five years has inspired me to be more, do more and love more. Thank you angel.
  • two crazy as bat-shit dogs that always put a smile on my dial when I walk through the front door at home. One loves getting his bum tapped like a snare drum and the other loves dry humping our bed sheets (yep, that just happened)!
  • being addicted to True Blood. Never thought I’d like such a show so much but I do. Accept it. I have.
  • all the heavy metal this world can produce. Good, bad or ugly – I dig it!
  • everyone that reads this blog – THANK YOU!
  • living in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve lived in Sydney and Brisbane, though neither of them compare to the awesomeness that is Melbourne.
Melbourne @ night - courtesy of me!

Melbourne @ night – courtesy of me!

Mr Norris (yes, that's his name) - our Yorkie Terrier getting some air time.

Mr Norris (yes, that’s his name) – our Yorkie Terrier getting some air time.

Amazing girlfriend and mad metal head.

Amazing girlfriend and mad metal head.

We can always be grateful for more things in life. It’s a choice. Being grateful produces my smiles, more heart-felt thanks and increases the likelihood of having a positive and productive day.

So, do you feel like being more grateful now?

 

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | May 12, 2014

In the end, all we have is ourselves

Today’s post is written with a smile. A very big smile.

In the end, all we have is ourselves and that in itself is a message of hope. Believe in yourself and the world has no choice but to believe with you. Facing uncomfortable zones is something I now live for. I’ve been pushed to think, be and do more than I thought I was capable of in the past few weeks. If you’re going through a stage in your life where you think there may be no hope – think again.

Thinking more about this particular post, I have to consider myself lucky. I live in Australia and the first world challenges I feel are the “worst in the world” are nothing compared to what others around the globe have and are experiencing. Yet there’s one constant that remains – each of us as individuals.

We, each of us, are all we have. Together we can achieve more. Yet it takes an individual with one idea to take action(s). Then it becomes a group of people coming together. Then it builds. It takes an individual to think of the action(s) required to start the push forward. Momentum is built only when others believe in the idea and jump on board.

Never for a moment think you are alone is this world. We are there for you. Sometimes though, you’ll need to be by yourself to understand what you need to do next. Then it’s game on!

Peace.

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | May 11, 2014

It’s only going to get worse before it gets better

Once, I used to be a guy that wore the brightest rose coloured glasses 24/7. Nothing could sway how inspired I was about the future and no matter what was going on everything would end up fine. Every challenge was brushed off with an air of self-arrogance because nothing could touch me. How times have changed.

With age and life experience comes wisdom. Instead of wearing those bright rose coloured glasses, I look at the world for what it really is. A challenging landscape of various difficulties that require constant up-skills of focus, decision and action. To remain constant in an ever changing world is to lie down and let life roll straight over you.

An email has been sent to our CEO from a brother-from-another-mother at work drawing a line in the sand. This is now a call to arms. We cannot continue moving in the direction we are for we will not survive as a company. He has called the CEO out. It’s time to put up or shut up shop.

I’ve struggled with this in the past eighteen hours since reading it. I don’t want to fold as I’ve given too much of myself to the role and to the company. Yet folding could be the truth and finality of it all. It’s an unknown and that is what creates the greatest sense of unease. Of tension.

The thoughts put down on this blog, as I’ve said before, are usually for me to gain a greater understanding of what’s going on than for those of you (who I thank gratefully) who read these words. Words that sit in a thought are almost like the unseen wind. Yet when they come to life on a blog or in a journal, then there is a deeper attachment to them. When visualised, a three dimensional landscape is drawn to give greater clarity and scope to see beyond what were just thoughts to begin with.

No matter the reality of the outcome in the next couple of weeks, I will wake every morning and breathe. As long as I can do that much, then I am already off to a good start.

Peace.

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | May 10, 2014

Stepping through a field of land mines

Okay, so the heading is harsher than reality, that’s for sure. But right now that’s what it feels like. What started as a bustling new role in a company nine short months ago, that was perceived to be going places, is now a monumental challenge of simply trying to keep a job.

For the past eight or so weeks, every single day at work has been one of maneuvering through a “field of land mines”. One minute can be spent out in the open and feeling like there’s a way forward when all of a sudden, with the next step, comes BOOM! Whatever hope of moving forward in that direction just exploded.

We had a new Human Resources Manager start last week and when they asked me why I stayed around whilst employees are leaving in their masses. I stated I still believe great things can be done… and I still do. It’s just becoming harder to stay focused on what I can impact when the challenges around me are so wildly unbelievable.

All I keep clinging on to is that for everything I and the others that are left are experiencing is only going to make us stronger, more adaptable and flexible to any freaking challenge that comes our way in the future.

That’s why I continue to….

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | May 6, 2014

There’s no going back to the beginning

Let’s get one thing straight. This blog has evolved from 365 days of getting it done to now simply continually improving. That doesn’t mean for one moment that challenges fall by the way side. No way. If anything, they become larger and more complex.

Once upon a time any type of setback, be it small or large, would send me cowering back to the drawing board of life. I’d scrub the board clean, throw my hands up in the air and say it’s time to start again. Just another victim waiting for a shoulder to cry on.

If you think about that, it’s a flawed approach. What about all the things learned, all the mistakes made or all the challenges overcome before complete failure set in?

It’s been a monumental few years of taking hits. Hits that I’ve usually asked for in some way or another. Through lack of thinking or action, life usually throws a left hook to the side of my head to make me wake up and get me back on track.

Challenges will continue on the path I have chosen. The more I pursue my goals with intense focus and desire, the greater the challenges will become to prove my worthiness of entering new levels of thinking and action. This I fully ask for from life and expect.

And there will come times when I’ll be defeated. But I’ll never be knocked out. I’ll never have to go back to the beginning again. The journey is too far traveled to ever start again. All that is required from time to time is to set a new course.

Here’s the enlightenment of your journey and never having to start again.

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