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Two Simple Words: Own It!

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 December 2017

Last Updated 17 December 2017

Motivational Moment - 

"Own It"

“Yeah… You see that look in their eyes?

When we fought, I trained hard, but

I didn’t have that look in my eyes.

You had it, and you won.

You gotta get that look back, Rock.

Eye of the tiger, eye of the tiger.

Come on, let’s go…”



--Carl Weathers as Apollo in “Rocky III”

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To see “Eye of the Tiger – Rocky Tribute,” click here



So, do you have that look in your eyes? You know, the one where you walk into a room and people see you as the one person who knows how to fight and win? They sense your resolve, your grit, your sense of duty toward serving something bigger than yourself. They experience that passion behind all of your actions and wonder where is it all coming from? Those watching, see you as absolutely fearless about the road ahead, not because you’re perfect, but because you’ve had your “steel” tested before and learned how to endure. Yeah… That’s the look I am talking about.


This is what we’re striving for in the Hero’s Journey: Getting that look and everything that goes with it. And it all starts with two simple words: Own It! Own your dreams, own your goals, own your action plan, own the 1,440 minutes in every single, God given day so nothing stops you from living your purpose. Make your choices, take your chances, and live with all of the consequences that result.


Do you have a dream list and a set of personal goals? What about some short-term objectives and an action plan to get there? If you don’t, then I suggest you create them and “own it” today. Do it now, before something enters your life and “owns” you!   

God Bless,


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This Week in Training –

“It's About Grit”

“Grit is passion and perseverance

for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina.

Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out,

not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years,

and working really hard to make that future a reality.


Grit is living like it’s a marathon not a sprint.”



--Angela Lee Duckworth Ted Talk on

“The Key to Success? Grit!”

To listen more about her research, click here

We all only get 24 hrs each day. That is one way we are all equal. What separates us is how we use the time, day after day, week after week, year after year. How do you use your time to achieve your purpose?

Personally, I have (5) life long goals that are tied to my dream list. Below is one of those goals associated with the creation and growth of Freedom’s Light Charity Program. It’s my way of staying connected with my fellow servicemen and remaining worthy of their sacrifice.


Goal:   Grow readership and donations for the Freedom’s Light Charity Program and earn my personal best time for completing the Marine Corps Marathon.


Objectives: Over the next 20 weeks, I will:


  • Follow a training program that develops me holistically: Mind, Body, and Spirit 
  • Write weekly journals to inspire others to pursue their dreams and leave important letters for my daughters to read someday
  • Seek opportunities to support military, first responders, and children impacted by the Global War on Terror as a way to invest back into the nation
  • Dedicate 1 full day each week to my daughters, helping them see their natural gifts and encouraging them to live balanced, healthy lives.


As part of your training, take time this week to narrow the focus on your goals and objectives. Make sure its aligned to your “Dream List” of who you are meant to be, so you don’t lose sight of your reason why. This will make each planned workout more meaningful and maximize the use of your time.

Next week we begin mastering technique for each phase of the triathlon to make training sessions more effective. In the meantime, exercise your grit to get you through your second week of training.


Monday: Swim 6 x 100m; Run 4 x Hills; Core Strength 1

Tuesday: Bike 45 min ; Run 35 min; Core Strength 2

Wednesday: Bike 60 min; Core Strength 1

Thursday: Swim 5 x 200m; Core Strength 2

Friday: Swim 10x 50m; Bike 75min; Core Strength 1

Saturday: Run 55min; Core Strength 2

Sunday: Long Stretch; Sports with Daughters


*Core Strength 1 focus on chin-ups, pushups, planks, lower back/abs

**Core Strength 2 focuses on squats, hip strengthening, and stretching

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The Transformation Challenge
“Go Beyond Optimism”

Oh, where do we begin?

The rubble or our sins?


Oh where do we begin?

The rubble or our sins?

And the walls kept tumbling down

In the city that we love

Great clouds roll over the hills

Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,

Does it almost feel like

Nothing has changed at all?

And if you close your eyes,

Does it almost feel like

You’ve been here before?


How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

How am I gonna be an optimist about this?



Bastille performing “Pompeii”

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Whether we realize it or not, most of us are prisoners of our past. A personal failure, a lost love, or a painful choice can prevent us from living in the moment. Emotions associated from the past can pile on so quickly that it can be paralyzing. What’s worse is its side effect: We can become comfortably numb with indifference. Feeling helpless, we choose not to see.


For this week’s assignment, we begin to break free. Identify all of the decision points that made the greatest impact on your life. Start from the time you were young. Then, I want you to reflect and write a few lessons that you learned that will be useful moving forward.


Life may not have turned out as expected to this point, but there is hope. Within you, there are memories of life-tested lessons for creating a better future. For one reason or another they are locked away. To reach your potential, we need to make a deliberate effort to go rescue them and bring them to the present.


Please complete this before Sunday so you are ready for next week’s challenge. 

Congratulations to my fellow Spartans
and Team "Justice League" for inspiring!