Inspiration: How to Master the Outstanding Concept of Life

What is Inspiration?

Inspiration is a divine influence or action a person believed to qualify the person to receive and communicate sacred revelation. Of course, everyone has a motive on what drives them to do whatever it is they have planned. Whether it’s bad or good, something is the engine to their influence. The more the person is inspired, the better chances the person has to master a particular objective.

 

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What inspires Me?

Sometimes looking at successful people in sports entertainment is an inspiration to me. They overcame obstacles to get to the place they’re at; no matter what background they’re from, they haven’t let their circumstances compromise what dreams they’ve did their best to accomplish. The intriguing part of inspiration to me is seeing people who AREN’T as famous as the entertainment figures become successful. It’s as if the more I read about these people, I feel as if I myself, can complete any objective. For example. My girlfriend bought me a book for my birthday titled, “Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes To Those Who Create It” by Charlamagne The God. She said to me:

“He reminds me of you because of how brutally honest both of you are, besides the fact that both of you are Bald and Black LOL.”

Of course she would slide a lowkey backhanded compliment like that LOL. However, The crazy thing is she’s right because that knowing he (Charlamagne) is not the one to bite his tongue on ANYTHING. Whether you love him or not, he’s going to tell you what it is. A lot of people think of him as ignorant probably because he doesn’t care about what people who hates him; thinks about him. Which is basically how everyone should be (though i know in some cases, its easier said than done).  As I read the book, he discusses his background being from a dirt road in Monks Corner, South Carolina. Let me tell you, when i researched that particular place, it looked very isolated on the map. Anyway, he didn’t have the luxurious lifestyle you’d see him with in the present day. He’s been in jail throughout his adolescent years, sold drugs, worked at multiple radio stations in South Carolina (in which later he migrated to New Jersey and met Wendy Williams). In fact, she was the person who helped gave him the opportunity before landing at the most syndicated hip hop radio show; The Breakfast Club alongside DJ Envy and Angela Yee. Though I never been a criminal before, what inspires me about Charlamagne is no matter what obstacles he faced in his earlier life, he was still able to find and create an opportunity for himself (probably still creating MORE opportunities as I write this post).

“It’s not about the size of the pond, but the hustle in the fish”

-Charlamagne The God

He teaches that anyone (no matter what color, creed, religion etc.,) has the opportunity to create an opportunity for themselves. If he can come from nothing to be something later on in life, then anyone else can. Nothing is impossible in life, though it takes a process because Challenge is Growth. If you live in your truth, inspiration helps you master your truth so you’d be able to live without worry.

 

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Inspiration: A Mental Game

Inspiration is a mental game like everything else. It’s even MORE rewarding when you accomplish a goal because of inspiration.  For example, there’s a guy, Chris Huerta. A Los Angeles Lakers fan who lost 170 pounds since Kobe Bryant’s last game in April 2016. At the time of Kobe Bryant’s jersey retirement ceremony, it was a picture of him on social media with a before and after picture saying “The Mamba Mentality” help inspired him to lose 170 pounds. When Kobe played his last game in April 2016, Chris was listed at 390 pounds. Like anyone else starting out at the gym, the road to reach your goal is VERY LONG. Especially when you’re being tempted by foods that aren’t healthy for you. It seems like everywhere u walk, drive, skip etc, your bad habits attack you more and more to the point where it can be both mentally and physically exhausting. It’s as if once you give in to your bad habits, its VERY DIFFICULT to break out of. As I continued to read more about him, I could only imagine the challenges he had to face with being overweight. He one day said:

“I was sitting at a Taco Bell drive-thru and I was like: ‘Why am I here?’ I’m going to be here again tomorrow. A lot of it was just exhaustion. I was exhausted with being fat.”

The intriguing thing about this story is when I would go to the gym and see people who are overweight, their work ethic is more impeccable than the ones who are more physically fit. I enjoy seeing them in the gym because it shows that they want to get into the habit of being fit. Not only for their health, but for their livelihood. It’s as if they come to the gym to focus on a goal, instead of showing off being boastful. It even gives me hope because I’d always look forward to seeing the end result. The AMAZING thing about Chris Huerta is he was able to help his brother lose 40 pounds. So it’s proven in most cases that Consistency and Inspiration is Contagious.

 

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Inspiration: How a negative can be a positive.

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “This is an oxymoron.” Well, though it’s perceived to be one, it’s not. Let me explain.

You can be in a negative situation. Homelessness, toxic relationships, unemployment, eating pasta with a spoon, pouring milk before cereal in a bowl, whatever. There’s always a positive in each situation. Reason is because, the negativity should inspire you to do more with yourself. At my times of unemployment last year, what inspired me to do better was watching DJ Khaled and Kevin Hart on Snapchat. Their work ethics were (and still is) amazing to me. To the point where when I was hungry, watching their snapchat stories made me forget about my hunger. When i was down to my last $5; ready to waste it on Popeyes, I would watch their stories and my hunger would disappear.

Of course, this wasn’t available to me when i was in Basic Training in the Winter of 2011. However through my hunger times then, what inspired me was the fact that we all went through the same thing as soldiers. Boxed in without any source of food after we ate at certain times. Candy and any type of sweets were contraband. Even small packets of peanut butter. If you were caught, it was going to be a SHORT bedtime and LONG night of being disciplined.  A select few number of soldiers didn’t make it out of Basic Training (for whatever reason). What inspired me to keep going was my mind wouldn’t let me quit any obstacle. Even when at times were rough. Of course, the most negative thing about the experience is not researching my (Military Occupation Specialty) job prior to enlisting. On top of that enlisting for 6 years. The positive thing is i can commit to anything I put my mind to. Hence, I’ve received my Honorable Discharge a month and a half ago.

See how something negative can be a positive? I know.. pretty mind blowing.

 

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Inspiration: The Conclusion.

You have to be able to know what inspires YOU to unlock your potential. Inspiration (synonymous to motivation), can take you very far in life. As I said earlier, I understand it’s easier said than done. However, it all starts with YOU. You can’t say (if your goal is to lose weight), “I’m going to go the gym consistently, everyday and eat right.” Then, you have a cheat day and then give into the habit of incorporating more cheat days, eating junk. Now you’re on social media looking stupid with the caption on a vintage picture saying, “Take me back to this.” Well, that’s your fault for not being consistent with what inspired you to begin with. I believe that’s fair to say, right?

If you don’t know what inspires you, research inspirational quotes on social media since it’s about an abundance of them. Keep in mind that Challenge is Growth, as you’re inspired. The best thing about inspiration is the Growth after the Challenge. You can overcome anything you set your mind to. If you’ve done that, then you’ve mastered the concept of inspiration that is called, Life.

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Motivation: How To Know that Challenge Is Growth

Motivation..

Motivation: Providing with a reason to act in a certain way

Have you ever felt the need to do something because something inspired you? Or either woke up one day and thought, “I cant do this, but I have to?” Of course, we’ve all been there. Either doing our best to get out of a bad situation; Or seeing something that inspires us to unlock our FULL potential. A challenge.

If you feel like you’re in a dead-end situation; whether its relationships, jobs that you DISLIKE very much etc. I promise you, there’s light at the end of the tunnel; easier said than done. It’s very much a cliché. But I can also promise you, it’s not impossible.

Take it from me.

I’ve had numerous occasions where I felt like shit is taking too long; saying to myself, “Why is Life very difficult?” or “Why’s this happening to me?/How do I get out of this situation?”

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I’ve spent 6 years in the Army. Specifically, you might ask, “What’s worse than spending SIX years in the Army?Being in the Infantry. I can pretty much say that although I’ve never been Active Duty before, it’s still sacrificing my weekends to do some bullshit in the woods. Best believe, it’s hard to have motivation when we’re sitting around doing nothing. Or even worse, Training in bad weathers!

Motivation: Fort Polk; “The Devil’s Asshole”

I went to Fort Polk, Louisiana for the summer of 2016 for three weeks. For one thing, I never wanted to leave the Army so fast before that summer. Could you imagine? Training in conditions where its 105 degrees EVERYDAY?! Spending 12 out of 21 days in the field? It got so bad, that even some of the Most Physically and Mentally tough soldiers, passed out MULTIPLE times.

*me sweating profusely in the prone position*:

I Gots To Get the Fuck Out of Here. All I have is one more year. WHAT THE FUCK!

Just to make matters worse. I’ve seen a soldier dehydrated to the point where the medics had to stick a thermometer in his ass THREE TIMES! They more so had to cool him down with a cold wet blanket so his body can reach normal temperature.

You think it cant get worse than that? LMAO. Remember when I said “We’ve spent 12 days in the field?” Imagine. Walking around with so much gear on, in a training environment. Waiting for the enemy to attack. Meanwhile, It’s Blazing Hip Hop and R&B..HOT 97 (plus more) outside. Which means our enemy wasn’t JUST the people that was coming for us. We had to fight the WEATHER and TERRAIN.

Profusely sweating without having the chance to change my shirt, I’ve caught prickly heat on my back, neck and shoulders. Listen, I never wanted to go AWOL before that experience until then. It’s by far, worse than anything ive experienced. I’m thinking in my head:

how could anyone ever live in such a HOT ASS FUCKING STATE?!

Hard to think of motivation in the Devil’s Asshole.

It’s very difficult to maneuver with prickly heat on your back. The gold bond Body powder was of some assistance but it wasn’t doing much. The only Clear cure for this Bullshit is a shower. Which seem close yet so Far Away. Besides a shower, what my motivation was the end of my contract the following year.

Motivation: Challenge is Growth.

I’ve spent 3 weeks in Australia this summer. Compared to the “devil’s asshole, Louisiana” it was actually a vacation. Though it couldn’t feel like a vacation because I also thought of the death of my brother, Damien (in which ive written about him in The Surreal Moment post in the blog). I sat down one night and spoke to Staff Sergeant Melton about everything and I was curious about a lot of what we do. I asked him:

Sergeant, I understand the infantry is supposed to be the most physically and mentally demanding job in the military, but why do we have to sleep in the woods in almost EVERY drill.? And why the fuck we had to spend 12 days in the box ALMOST EVERY year for the last 3 years?

He laughed and told me that the “job isn’t for everyone.” He also said that It has been “pretty rough for the last few Annual trainings but it should die down next fiscal year. You’ve made it out other than the 50 people who went AWOL before showing up to Fort Polk. Challenge is Growth, man”

Since then, I lived by those words ever since. That was the best advice given to me, EVER. Which makes a LOT of sense.

Motivation:  The Conclusion.

Of course, I’ve stated earlier that it’s very difficult to motivate yourself in worst conditions possible. I’ve learned VERY LATE in my military career to understand that Challenge is Growth. I Live by those words everyday. I grew so much from circumstances that had no choice but to motivate myself. Some of you are in situations where you feel as if you cant overcome; let alone find it difficult to find that light at the end of the tunnel. If you’re ever in trouble that you feel as if you’re stressed out, ease your mind.

Try to Read books that are based on self-empowerment. If you’re a smoker, smoke weed (Personally I don’t smoke because I don’t like the smell but I’ll tolerate it). Soak Your feet in hot water (not too hot, though). Listen to something therapeutic. I love listening to jazz late at nights, because it brings such relief to my daily life. If you’re religious, say a prayer.

Life is hard.

Of course. If it was easy, how would we grow from the challenges that we face? I almost slipped into a log in a swamp at Fort Drum, NY. Lost in the dark in the woods to the point where my night vision goggles weren’t working. I got fired from Target on July 2nd 2015 over some stupid shit, which is the reason why I started this blog. Last year, I was at my old security job. I was let go from a site without warning. Went to the office and asked for a different site. My account manager told me the “only site available that I ca give you is in Long Island. for $9/hour.”

I AUTOMATICALLY refused. He gave me a refusal form, I filled it out. He then left and came back. Told me I signed a “resignation letter.” Basically saying that I resigned (which didn’t make sense but, aiight). You know what I told him?

“Suck A Dick..and fall down some wet stairs sideways”

Then I left.

With that being said, you are able to overcome any circumstance given to you in life. When you get home from a hard day at work; or waking up in the day dreading to go to work, just look in the mirror. Tell yourself, that “I Can get through this.” Or you can just watch Dj Khaled on snapchat. LOL At least that’s what I do when I’m in need of motivation.

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