February 2019 – Lewis Raymond Taylor

Grow Up!

Grow up Lewis!

Someone said that to me this morning.

Bothered?

Nah.

Intrigued by their comment?

Very much so.

Who tells you that you should grow up?

Suppressed people!

Secretly, most people reminisce about their childhood years.

– Playing
– Smiling
– Laughing
– Learning
– Experimenting

A time where there were no worries, responsibilities, or pressure to be, do or have anything.

Just living life…

Openly.

Expressing themselves exactly how they wanted to.

Promising themselves that they’d never grow up and become one of the stiff, up-tight people who seemed miserable all the time.

Life was easy at this point of their life…

It was before the years of pain…

Before the rejection, humiliation and embarrassment that caused them to suppress their true self.

You see, we all want to be accepted by others.

To be accepted means we feel enough.

To feel enough means we must be loved.

… and we ALL want love. (Whether you admit it or not)

But here’s the thing…

Do you want to be accepted by many as someone you’re not?

Or would you prefer to be accepted by a few that know the real you?

The truth is…

I hope I never grow up.

I’m sensible sometimes, but often childish and silly.

I can add value to people’s lives sometimes, but also mess around and waste their time.

Now, whilst maturity is a sign of development, this certainly doesn’t mean we have to ‘grow up’ from a self-expression point of view.

…and in that case, I suggest more people grown down!

Remember the child that used to promise themselves they’d always be that happy care-free person.

And as Oscar Wilde says:

“Be yourself, because everyone else is already taken”

I’m Not The Person You Think I Am

I’m not the person you think I am…

You may think I work hard, value money, seek success, fame, and look like a tart posing on Instagram most of the time?

You’d be correct 🤣

However, there is more than meets the eye…

One of my highest values is freedom.

Whether that’s because of the cliche story I could tell you about being locked up in prison for a couple years of my life…

Or it’s just because I love adventure, uncertainty and new experiences…

I’m not sure.

All I know is whilst you may think I want to be hustling and grinding forever…

That’s not quite the case.

I love my work.

I love the hustle.

I love everything about it really.

But what I really want?

Is to be free.

Mentally: being able to think however I want, without self-doubt, self-sabotaging thoughts, limiting beliefs or any lack of confidence and drive that would stop me living the life I want to create.

Financially: being able to buy whatever I want, for whoever I want, and use the money as a resource to make big changes to things that will leave an impact on the world.

Physically: I want to use the freedom I’ve created both mentally and financially to travel the world. With no ties or obligations to anything, other than myself (and maybe a female🤞🏼) so I can experience things that bring perspective to life, and smile everyday knowing I am truly living life to the fullest.

That’s the person I really am.

But everyone needs a vehicle right?

A way of getting from A to B?

So next time you see me working long hours, making regular posts, uploading photos, and putting out the occasional offer…

You’ll understand my plan.

Freedom.

For me, that’s the ultimate goal.

You coming? 🗺

Right In Front Of Your Eyes

Imagine seeing it right in front of your eyes! 👀

You know that thing deep down you know you’re good at?

Or that change you know you can make?

Or the people you know you can help?

But the inner dialog you hear in your head is so loud it won’t allow you to admit it…

Let alone take the acrion to make it happen.

You wish one person would just believe in you first, so you can start to believe in yourself…

Well, guess what?

Whatever that thing is…

I believe in you.

I don’t care if you’re talented or a complete beginner…

I believe in you.

Hear those words.

Loud in your head.

Think about ‘that thing’ you’d love to allow yourself to do:

– A new career
– An adventure
– A hobby you used to love when you were younger
– A business you know you’d love
– A charity that would change everything

Hear it one more time.

I BELIVE IN YOU.

As cheesy as that may sound…

Its true…

Because I believe in human potential.

…and I have seen people do things that they never thought possible!

(I’m one of them)

Hear it one more time…

I believe in you.

Now think about that ‘thing’ you want to do one more time.

And tell yourself you’re ready to believe in yourself.

Because that?

Will be what will allow you to stop ‘thinking’ and start ‘doing’.

Then, you’ll have no choice to believe in yourself.

Because you won’t need to think about that buried ambition/dream/desire, deep down inside you…

Because you’ll see it for yourself…

Right in front of your eyes 👀

Yesterday’s Shower Isn’t Going To Keep You Clean Today

“Yesterday’s shower isn’t going to keep you clean today”

Someone said this to me in a Narcotics Anonymous meeting a few years ago.

I sniggered at him.

Little did I know he had just imprinted some value on me that now allows me to develop each and every area of my life!

At the time, I didn’t understand what he had said, so it was easier for me to just dismiss him, than it was to accept I didn’t understand.

But what did he mean?

The penny didn’t drop until a few months later.

I realised that he wasn’t referring to personal hygiene…

He was referring to the work I had done on my recovery had only kept me clean yesterday, but if I wanted to STAY clean, it was something I had to work on every day.

This doesn’t just apply to recovery…

The message he was sharing was one of avoiding complacency by taking daily, consistent, action.

Up until this point, I, as well as a number of people reading this today, have probably felt a burst of motivation running through them at some point.

– Maybe it was to get fit in January…

– Maybe it was an idea for the next million dollar App…

– Maybe it was to hire a coach and work on yourself…

Whatever it was:

– You got excited

– Took some steps toward.

– and then stopped.

You started to tell yourself all sorts of stories about how:

“you’ve done way more than you’ve ever done before”

Or

“how hard you’ve worked up until now”

Or

Start to point the finger at Julie from Pilates and John from the pub, and continue to justify your inaction by pointing out how little they have done.

But here’s the message of this post.

Regardless of what you’ve done up until now?

It’s gone.

In the past.

Finished.

The only thing we ever really have control over is the present…

What we do RIGHT NOW…

Today!

Because if you don’t?

– A day comes a week.
– A week becomes a month.
– A month becomes a year.

…and then you’re left explaining yourself to Julie from Pilates and John from the pub about how you haven’t done that ‘thing’ you said you were going to do.

I’ve been there…

Frustrated because I keep realised I am back at the starting line, after seemingly taking numerous steps forward…

But now I’ve changed that behaviour.

By taking daily, consistent, action…

Ensuring I influence my future, my what I do ‘today’.

So I thank the anonymous man at the Narcotics Anonymous meeting for sharing a valuable lesson with me.

Yesterday’s shower isn’t going to keep me clean today.

…and today’s actions are going to move me closer to where I want to be tomorrow.

Are you showering today?

P.s – sorry, I couldn’t resist with the picture 🤣