How High Can You Climb

Sometimes climbing up the proverbial corporate ladder isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just when you think you are on your way to the top, you feel a short tug at the leash that binds you.

Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back from your dreams, goals or aspirations. If you want to explore––then explore. Look up to the sky and visualize yourself standing at the summit. It’s within reach if you want it, but you might have to go at it alone.

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Photograph by Bradford Washburn, Alaska, ca: 1940’s

Thursday’s Thoughts: Some Experiences are Humbling

When I was 13 or 14 years old, I got my first guitar. I learned a few chords and tried to play along to my favorite songs. More than 25 years later, I bought myself a new guitar, and here I am, trying to re-learn everything that I once new.

It’s a humbling feeling when the teenager in me knows the tunes, but my 42 year old fingers keep messing up the songs. Even an old dog will have to re-learn his or her tricks if they’re not used to doing them. Practicing is how you create your rhythm. Artists, athletes, and musicians, just to name a few, practice their crafts to become proficient. The ones who practiced a lot are easier to pick out of a crowd. You can see it in their presentation, their preparedness and their confidence. Once you get into a good rhythm, the things you “like” to do ultimately become the things your “love” to do. Keep practicing what you love to do every single day. You may never perfect your given craft, but if the spotlight was on you, you wouldn’t be afraid to stand up on that stage and play.

guitar, acoustic guitar, acoustic electric guitar

Follow Your Dreams

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Michael Donnor, Dreaming Tree, 2009

Follow your dreams until all possibilities have been exhausted. Don’t go at something half-assed. If you really, truly want something, figure out a way to do it. Good things don’t come easy, and they don’t come cheap, or with short cuts. Dreams can become real. Some become surreal. Start now.

If you don’t know where to start, head over to your local bookstore and find some interesting biographies to read. Look at the scenarios on how some ordinary people became presidents, musicians, artists, even Olympians. They all have things in common: drive and determination. The drive to succeed comes from within and so does determination and follow through.

If you have been dreaming of doing something great, how far have you pushed yourself to actually do it?