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What does that really mean?  To me that means own your thoughts, own your actions, be you and own it.  Trying doesn’t cut it.  I hear that phrase all of the time.  I’ve used that phrase.  What does that say?  It says maybe.  Maybe is not committing to it.  Maybe says I don’t want it that much.  There is I will or I won’t.  It all depends on how much your want it.  I will.  That is an action statement.  That says I am doing it.  I am owning what I want and taking action to make it happen.  I won’t…well that one is obvious.

No matter what your dream is…you can make it happen.  It’s possible.  Mind, body, and soul.  Take action to make it happen. Everyday.  It’s all the small steps that we take daily that makes a difference.  I believe.  It’s not over until I win.  You can live your dream.

People are busy.  I get it.  I am as well.  We all create time for what really matters.  When I was diagnosed with cancer I was busy.  Do you think I put that on the back burner because I was busy?  Hell no.  Of course not.  Why because this could have been a life or death situation.  So yes I dropped everything and took care of that right then and there.  There was no waiting or contemplating on what should be done.  Your health is important.  Do you know that if you are taking care of your body and your mind that you will be in a much better place to make your dreams happen?  You will feel better, look better, and have more energy to handle your job, your family, and your dreams.  It’s a choice.

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I’ve been asked over and over how do you do it?  How do you handle the disappointment of not  winning a competition?  There are so many ways I can describe this.  Most of which many people don’t really understand.  It’s not about winning.  It’s about the journey to make it happen.  While I may have not always won from the judges panel.  I have won each and every time I’ve stepped on stage.  Each time I walk on that stage I have improved by a huge amount.  Each time I go on stage I have brought my best me that I can.  I win every time I go on stage.  I am a winner.  I don’t just step on stage with a slight bit of change.  I blow them away with many changes.  My journey is not only developing my body to the best it can be at any given moment, but to also develop my mind.  Creating a light within that no one can take away.

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My dreams are made in my everyday work.  Every step, every rep, every bite of food, and every thought.  Here is a different way of looking at it.  What motivates you?  Taking care of your family?  Money?  So look at it like this…

Let say that all that I do for contest prep was money motivated.  Would that make it happen for you?

If every step you walked was $1, then if you ran $5 per step, $8 for every set you lifted in the gym, then if you ate what you were suppose to $10 per meal.  Would you do that every day? Maybe making your walk/run longer as you saw the money adding up? Would you be there every day?  Shoot I think some may go double days if this was the case.

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I see it a bit like that…but money is not what I want.  I want to be the best that I can be.  Every step I take in the gym is a step closer to my goal.  Every time I do cardio I am getting leaner for my day on stage. Sometimes my body and mind don’t agree.  One wants to do the work and the other says…ahhhh lets rest.  The dream remains though.  If you want the dream and are OWNING who you ARE….then you get up and get moving.  Taking the action it takes to make it happen.

Thick clouds over mountains and fields along Cades Cove Loop Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park; orange hues begin to tinge Appalachian meadow.

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