Sunday, May 20, 2012

Pollyanna Is NOT Dead.

"Consult not your fears, but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you have tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do." - Pope John XXIII

How many times has someone told you to "look on the bright side," or "think positive?" If you've been a consistent reader of my blog I know you've heard it from me at least once...

Recently however, I've been on the receiving end and I'm grateful for it. Last week I did one of the most difficult things I've had to do: close Muscle Mechanics personal training studio permanently. Am I sad? Scared? Depressed? Well - yes, but this is where I put my words and philosophy to the test. I can choose to give into those negative emotions or I can "look on the bright side." Which decision do you think will change my life for the better?

Pollyanna Complex aside, don't get me wrong. I am not delusional. I know the reality and feel the pain of loss, but because I can still choose my attitude; I can choose to focus on the good and learn from the bad.

With the employment rate at 8.1% at the beginning of May 2012, and when the estimated number of bankruptcy filings for this year are expected to match those of 2011 (1.5 million); I know I am not alone. However, I've got plenty of projects still left on my plate and thankfully I have even more friends and family to cheer me on.

The loss of a brick and mortar business does not diminish my experience or skill. I own those eternally. The knowledge I've gained in the near 20 years of building Muscle Mechanics from the ground up is all mine. The same could apply to you.

If you are experiencing a similar situation my advise is to keep your eyes on that which pulls you forward. Maybe it's your family, maybe it's the dream of going back to school, charity work, or (like me) following a new business idea or dream "of a different color." Whatever it is, positivity and enthusiasm can take you farther than you think. More importantly, they can move you away from depression and self-destructive actions.

I've lost a big chunk of my heart to Muscle Mechanics and I will miss it, but I'm so grateful for the time I had with it, the friends I've made through it, and for the skills & tools I've acquired over those years. These will be the materials I use to cultivate my plans for the future.

After all, we cannot simply rest our lives on any one achievement (fulfilled or incomplete). Instead, we've got to stand on them so that from this higher ground, we can see the future. A future filled with achievements we have yet to accomplish.

This is my driving force. I hope it is yours also.

As Always -(yes, even in difficult times)- Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Starting at The Top

“Typical” is the term I use to describe the people that fail to succeed upon their first try, and decide to never try again. I was pretty typical. I wanted things to come easily for me. I wanted to “start at the top” and work my way up from there. Typical…

It's strange but, when you think you’re above average, you tend to fall well within the “average” of people that believe the same thing of themselves. So what is it that makes one exceptional or extraordinary? Is it their perceived success? They’re bank account, social status or good looks? If so, I am a long way from the mark.

Yet still, I believe myself to be above average; exceptional, even. I don’t believe this because of what I have acquired, but for what I have experienced. Life is sometimes hard. Tragedy & hardship, like lightning, strike unexpectedly. It’s what is done when faced with challenge or failure that sets one apart from the rest.

For example, we all come across roadblocks; barriers between us and the goals and dreams we have set for ourselves; our lives. Large or small, scary or bothersome; we each encounter them. The point is to remember they are ONLY obstacles and NOT “stop signs.”

Still, some of us give up. That’s typical…

But, for the few that “suck it up” and keep pressing forward, the goal becomes surprisingly sweeter, more valuable with each try until it is achieved and new ones are set.

So even if you think you’re typical, you’re not alone. But, try. Believe your dreams are worth working for, hold them tightly and keep going.

The reality is that no matter what level you’re on, you’re already at the top of your game~! Now, we just have to keep working our way UP from there! ; )

As Always - Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal

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