For a very long time I have been trying my hand at the “Self-Help” movement.
I’ve read books, listened to motivational speakers, etc.
Tried everything. Spent so much money. Ouch!
I finally realized the most important thing in my life is to figure out what screwed me up?
All the bullshit about passion, hard work, etc. well, that is all bullshit.
Life is all about the journey. Don’t get me wrong, you need to work hard and all and have passion but…
Getting to the root of the problem and working to eliminate those undesirables, that is the key. Control the controllables. Oops, that sounds like “self-help” talk doesn’t it?
Growing up in the neighborhood I learned awful traits. All my fault. Traits that paralyzed me for many years. No direction. Going with the flow. The daily grind. Never stopping to smell the roses.
Knocked me off the road. My path. You know the deal.
Let me stop though, because I have been beating myself up too long. No more beating…
I’ve found something new, it’s my own program and I am proud of it. Sorta collected different things.
I call it, “On the Right Path.” Doing the right thing. Playing the right way.
LOL, funny right?
Perspective, self-evaluation and honesty are the keys. Doesn’t matter where you been or how old you are. It’s never too late…
Make no mistake, it’s not self-help. It’s more. It’s better. It’s easier. If you are honest. And guess what, I’m not selling anything.
Gregg Popovich, head coach of the San Antonio Spurs once said, “You’re responsible for your own recovery.” Well you are responsible for the road you travel. The path. The journey. Stay on…if you get knocked off, get back on.
I found 30 areas in my life that needs to be eliminated or improved. So much better than “get up and go work hard…” Grind, grind, grind…work, work, work.
Not feeling that.
I work hard. I have passion. That shit gets redundant.
It’s a band-aid. That’s it. Bandages that keep falling off.
What I’m talking about is “undesirable emotional responses” to life’s daily dealings.
The challenges we face soon as we wake up. Why? Why? Why? Where did it originate?
Here we go, number one is fear. Oh boy did I enter into a dark space. I went back and tried to find the original time and place when I started to fear.
Dale Carnegie once said, “If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it, go out and get busy.”
Yo Red, sounds like self-help talk to me…
Have a solid day…
Have to give a shout-out to my childhood friend Jimmy Rail.
Jimmy passed away on June 20, 2009.
He would have been 50 years old today.
We grew up together playing every sport imaginable. (We even made up a few games.)
Jimmy was from 13th street and was a Los Angeles Rams fan.
He wasn’t a happy camper when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Rams in Super Bowl XIV, 31-19.
His wonderful sister Susan was one of the best athletes the neighborhood produced.
With the Yankees kicking ass these days I will never forget when Jimmy, me and Joe Lee would go to Yankee Stadium. We would arrive three hours before the game and try to shag home runs hit during batting practice.
We’d bring our gloves and soon as we caught the first one, we’d have a catch in the runway.
RIP Jimmy, we miss you.