REPOST from my previous site.

Today at work (the other work), I was having one of those post coffee, mid-morning self-hype sessions I usually do to get myself motivated to continue with my dreams… And the thought dawned on me…. I have an amazing support group around me that constantly pushes me to chase my dreams and never questions my intentions… They are the gasoline to my engine, the fire to my stove, and the guts to my glory…

But why do I still feel so unsuccessful?..

Well, I am an idiot for this…

Now, don’t argue, I’ll explain why…

That saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a Day”…

You know that right?…

First, what you need to understand is that success to me does not mean $$$$$… In fact that is something I would never sacrifice my success for, nor give up a dream of mine to do something I love for the rest of my life.

To me, success is loving what you do, helping others love what they do, and getting to the roots of living…

We all only get one ride on this gig, so why not make it the fun one with lots of experiences, failures and recoveries?.. It’s when I take a step back and look at all of the other successful people out there. Not a single one has done it without the bumps and bruises (aside from the inhuman outliers). Most all have tried, failed and then succeeded at some point… This is where I start to look at success as a marathon and not so much as a sprint…

Let’s take a look at a driven young lady I know personally…

Her name is Alissa…

Alissa went to Camas High School here in Washington, graduated in 2015 and now attends Boise State University… You may be asking yourself, what’s so driven and impressive about that?…. Well on top of that Alissa runs anywhere from 65-70 miles a week… For fun…. (And probably more now)

What in the hell!?… Nuts right!?..

Well that running got Alissa a very impressive athletic scholarship opportunity to be a Track and Cross Country Bronco at Boise State… By the way Alissa, I am so glad you decided not to be a cheerleader and I am certain your parents are too…

For those that do not know, Alissa is my cousin, and one of only four people on this planet to see me in a feather boa playing dress up with her sister Cait… I have seen this young lady go from practically turning me into a doll to a division one athlete as a teenager… She did this in the matter of a few years after deciding soccer wasn’t quite her cup of tea… Yet, while she could stop there and already have out-succeded 97% percent of us, she continues to push and become better and better every single day… She is harder on herself than anyone else, and it is because she understands how important her goals are to her, and that success is a marathon that you must work at everyday…

So it was today I figured with that the way things are going with our barn closing, and the slow steady pace of progression with my photography, that I have to look at things from a much larger perspective.

As pieces of the puzzle begin to fall together, they tend to do it un-noticed and it the background of everything else we deal with in our lives. So it is important to keep digging our heels in when doubt creeps by, and really push back at it full force..

Alissa, I know you might hate this photo but to me this emphasizes so much about success… You have push through the pain when others won’t. You have to work harder than those around you to get better. And you just have to flip the bird at adversity when it comes storming your way…

Go Broncos!… and Cougs 😉

Alissa Pudlitzke

 

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