Well guys, how much of a fun ride has this been?! Officially, I have just reached 300 posts. Wow. You know, when I set out to start writing this blog, I never really expected it to reach this point. I knew that I was going to do a 30 day challenge to try to become a better man, but who thought that hundreds of days later, I would still be writing. I guess I answered a calling.
What is also incredible to me is that this is not just people in the United States who are reading what I have to say, it has been people around the world. I never would have thought this to be possible. So I sit here, in my favorite rocking chair in Tahoe, humbled as hell, and really just smiling.
I will get to the meat in a minute, I just have to get a few things off my chest. This summer, I set out to turn my blog into a book. I copy and pasted all my blogs into Word, formatted it, and that landed me at around 400 pages of stacked 8.5 x 11 pages…waiting to me read. I dove in, with the goal of taking the best out of the best and putting them into a separate stack. Well, I accomplished this, and now I have gone through the editing process. Of really making these posts flawless in execution and in grammar etc. However, what I was not expecting, was the roller coaster of emotions and memories I would go through while making this happen. My first read through was more of a skim…but now I have really been diving deep into what these posts have to offer. 100 pages in and a couple hundred left to go, I have to say, that I am incredibly excited about this coming to life.
My sister asked me a really interesting question tonight. She said, “If people were to read the back of the book, and you basically had to write your elevator pitch on there of why they should read it, what would you say.” I sat there in silence for a while. Honestly, I really didn’t know what to say. I guess I haven’t thought of the idea of selling the book to anyone. But, after a couple of hours of sitting on the question, I think I have it.
The world needs better men.
A couple of years ago, I set out to make myself a better man not only for myself, but for the world. This book is simply my journey towards becoming a better man every day and the lessons, pieces of advice, and people who I have met along the way. It is not intended as a guidebook for anyone, but maybe, just maybe, there is something in here that might make a difference in your life too.
Guys, I can’t tell you how much of a difference writing here every single day has made a difference in my life. After reading through all of my posts multiple times, I can finally realize how far I have actually come. I finished the last post of the book with something that I wrote the other day “In My Old Life.” And it is really true. Every single day, we have the ability and the option to see yesterday as our old life. Today, is a new day. But more importantly, today, you can be something completely different from what you were yesterday.
I sit here thinking about all of the things I have learned throughout the past. What really makes me happy, and this is the dead truth, is that even if no one buys the book, I will have a record of all of the things I have learned, from the people who I really care about. Everyone here has been an incredible source of motivation, inspiration, and everything else in between. That push, of thousands of people behind my writing has taken me to levels I didn’t think possible. It has made me dream bigger, and accept that with big dreams come big problems. But, I know that with the support I have been given in every aspect of my life, that those problems will just turn into situations that can be dealt with. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Why did I title today A New Beginning. Well, as the last chapter of my life has been turned into white pages, I am looking to morph. To put it all on the line. I have written a lot in the past that you cannot be afraid to risk it all. If you hold on too tight to what is going on in your life right now, you will suffocate it. There are times where you realize that you have to push all your chips in (if you’re confident in your hand) and really play the big one. That is exactly what I am doing, and I will let you guys in on precisely what that involves throughout the next few posts.
As the year comes to a close, I look back on what I have gone through, the injuries overcome, the people come and gone, and just smile. Because all of this is just part of a story. The story of your life. In no way does that have to define who you are right now and what you can be. Trust me, I know what it is like to be paralyzed by fear of the past…but once you take those glasses off, you realize how amazing an opportunity you have right now.
So this is my final push to everyone who reads this blog. Do things that are out of your comfort zone. Put your cheeks on the line. And don’t be afraid to go all in. The moment you do, that moment right past fear, you will feel a breath of air like you have never felt before.
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