M.M. | Moments Are Infinite But They Only Happen Once

May 15, 2017

“What are you grateful for today?”

It’s easy for a lot of us to constantly remind ourselves of what we don’t have. That dream home, that perfect relationship, those paychecks with a long line of zeros. On top of that, it’s easy for a lot of us to get carried away in pursuit of our goals and aspirations. It’s a great thing to consume ourselves with our dreams and actions to take every day to get there. The thing is, we have to remind ourselves every now and then to stop and take a look around at what we already have.

It’s interesting how this has to become a practice. It’s not something most of us are ingrained with for what ever reason. But it’s something we have to learn to focus on along with our pursuits. What’s truly incredible is once this becomes habit, how much we realize we’ve been missing. Take this for example. There’s a high probability that in the past week you’ve walked outside. What did the sun feel like the moment you walked out your door? Chances are, if it was sunny, you have no idea. Or when was the last time you sent a heartfelt text instead of a quick one word response or phrase? When was the last time you drew in a deep breath just to remind yourself what it feels like to be alive? These are things we overlook each and every day. These are things we all like to take for granted. It’s funny, those small things we take for granted are things we miss the most when they’re gone. What if we all took nothing for granted today? What a day that would be.

Take your significant other in your arms and tell them that you love them. Thank them for working their ass off and for all the hard work they do to live life and keep your relationship strong. Enjoy the sun on your face, the sound of your children playing, and the presence of those you love. Take today to stop, to look around, and to be truly grateful for what you have right here in this moment. Moments are infinite, but none of them will ever happen twice.

Today is the day.

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#143: Last Episode in Belgium

May 12, 2017

Alright guys! This is our last hangout session over Skype while Steven was in Belgium. We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs! Listen in, and as always... enjoy! 

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M.M. | Is It Ok To Look Back At The Past?

May 11, 2017

“Don’t dwell on the past, but don’t neglect to reflect.”

Looking back at the past can be a trip. A lot of times it feels like an entirely different world and even an entirely different life. In a lot of ways, it was. Our goals were different, our perspectives, what we found important in that moment in time, all of it for the most part was most likely a bit different than what we have and see in front of us today. The past can be beautiful, but it can prove dangerous for those who choose to dwell there. Knowing us though, in this Motivational Minute, we’re going to focus the positive aspects of looking back.

Most of our adult lives we’re told that looking back is wrong. Looking back is weak. If you’re looking backward, you’ll never be able to see forward. Here’s the deal, as with most things in life, moderation and the reason why you’re doing something is key. The past shouldn’t be lived in, no more than the future should be. The present is where we need to live, but past and future is where we need to look from time to time. Again, look back in moderation. Revisit the good, the bad, and apply it to what you’re facing today. And there you have the why. Look back to enjoy and relish those moments that are past that will never do so again. Look back to learn how to be better today and tomorrow. Look back because you can, that’s one of the incredible things about being a human, the memories we hold and pass on to others. Not to mention the importance of such. So next time when we feel like preaching to someone about the dangers of looking back, we’ll remember the benefits of doing so.

No matter what it holds, don’t be afraid to visit the past, but sure as hell don’t get lost there. Like an orchid in the rainforest to a fly, it can be a beautiful trap. Enjoy it and simply pass by just to say hello.

Today is the day.

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M.M. | The Truth About Facing Life’s Perfect Storms

May 7, 2017

“Nothing will happen today that you can’t handle.”

Depending on what you’ve been through or what you’re going through, this quote might inspire you and solidify the fact, or it might even piss you off, because how in the hell could you ever be ok with what you’re going through? The thing is, you don’t have to be. Sometimes the only thing we can do is keep breathing. Let this saying sink in, that nothing will face you today that you cannot overcome. Perhaps it’s not even overcoming what needs to be done, it’s simply being ok with what is.

No matter what difficulty you might face today, whether it’s physical or mental, you have the capacity to be at peace with it. Because the reality is, we have to be at peace with what we have in our lives, to be able to live and pursue any kind of life at all. How incredible of a thing is it that we can work towards and realize this idea that nothing can touch us, that nothing can phase us? We might have bad days, rough roads, and perfect storms throughout our lives, but we’ll always have the ability to choose to be at peace. It’s cliche and even annoying sometimes these ideas that we have the ability to choose how we want to feel, as opposed to thinking life is simply happening to us and that is the only way we can feel.

The physical, the mental, it’s all a decision. Decide to handle something today, to overcome it, to be at peace with it. Decide that you will, that you can, that nothing can stand in your way from becoming or accomplishing anything you have your sights set on.

Today is the day.

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#142: Belgium, Hangout, and Faith in Humanity

May 5, 2017

In this wildly entertaining episode, we all hangout from across the globe again. As many of you already know, Steven is currently visiting Belgium. As many of you also know, that doesn't stop us from producing the podcast! Nothing can! Nothing will! So sit back, relax, and enjoy our lighthearted and fun conversation. 

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M.M. | Dreams You Never Knew Were Possible

April 30, 2017

“Sometimes all it takes is a little push from someone or something to reveal to us our true potentials.”

It’s so easy for us to fall into our set ways. As adults, we hardly ever stop and question the way we think, act, and react to things in our lives. We see things for how they are (how we think or want them to be), and that’s the end of it. We fall into patterns of comfort, suddenly finding ourselves years later in the very same place we were years ago. It’s not comfortable to think differently, to actually consider what we never thought possible. If we stay within the walls of comfort, the true possibilities for our lives will never be revealed. That’s where life comes in.

Throughout life, we meet people and situations that will change our lives for ever. Life forces us to grow. However, it’s not always a conscious decision, but you’ll notice the changes within yourself in time. Say you meet the person of your dreams, then come to find out, your dreams didn’t even compare and you’ve literally found your heaven on earth. The moments you spend together feel like dreams, afraid that you’re both going to wake up at some point. The way they completely and totally captivate you without doing a thing. You suddenly find yourself giving this person your all, and much much more. You find yourself giving to this person pieces of your soul you never thought even existed. You start to see things differently. Red is no longer a color, it is her favorite color. Hearing the laughter of a child is no longer just someone’s kid you happen to be around, you hear and see the laughter of your own child as it reminds you of them. All this beautiful journey took was taking a chance to fall in love, to let go and trust the other to catch you. All it took was someone coming into your life to show you just what kind of love existed and what kind of love you were capable of. The same can happen in situations we’re faced with in life. We never know what we’re capable of until we have no choice. Whether that’s making ends meet for the family, or overcoming an addiction, or riding ourselves from toxic relationships. Sometimes all it takes is a little push and suddenly we’re awake, seeing what we’ve never seen before. And what a beautiful thought that is.

Let this remind us that there is beauty and possibility out there, some we didn’t even know existed. Let us take chances today, hold on for a moment longer today, and to recognize that sometimes, it is the people in our lives and the situations that we’re faced with, that will be the greatest gifts we’ve ever had. Your dreams could be just the beginning of something much more incredible.

Today is the day.

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#141: Hangout Sesh From Afar

April 28, 2017

What's up Forge Your Potential Legion! This episode is just a good ol' HANGOUT SESH. It isn't just any hangout sesh though. Steven is hanging out with us from Brussels, Belgium; where he'll be frequenting for the next couple of weeks. 

It was a fun time, so sit back guys, and enjoy the hangout sesh from afar!

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M.M. | The Equation to Accomplish Anything

April 26, 2017

“Knowledge, plus understanding, plus implementation, is the equation to accomplish anything.”

We as human beings seem to like to complicate things more than they should be. No matter how straightforward something is, we make excuses, we overthink, and we overanalyze. Not only that, it’s so easy for us to get caught up in all the little details. There may be a day when you overthink, overanalyze, and make excuses… but it tis’ not this day! Ok we’re done playing off quotes from the Lord of the Rings… But let today be a reminder for simplicity. So let’s take a step back for a minute.

What is it that you want to do or accomplish with your life? Now the big question, how are you going to do it? Seriously, what are the steps you’re taking today, tomorrow, and so on to get you there? This is where so many of us shut down. It’s overwhelming to look up at the peak of a mountain when you’re down at the base. We look at our goal, all the steps we know it’s going to take, and all of the time we know it will take. Ultimately driving ourselves to a place where we’re asking ourselves, “how in the hell am ever going to do this”. Feeling anxious yet? That’s ok, because feeling anxious isn’t the end of all things, and we have a remedy for that angst.

First, we get anxious about what we don’t know. So let’s educate ourselves. Again, how are we going to climb that mountain? What supplies do we need? What plants are edible? Are there clean sources of drinking water on our route? Once we know what it will take, it removes that aspect of mystery and the unknown. We can then move on to truly understanding what it will take. Knowing and understanding are two different concepts. Understanding is being able to, without question, put into action what we know. Which takes us to our last and final step. We have Knowledge, we have Understanding, the only thing left to do in order for us to accomplish our goals, is to implement. Action is just about the most important aspect of the entire equation. How many of you know someone who knows much, but has done very little? Action is what will separate you from accomplishing your goals, or living a life full of what if’s. Separate yourself from the chaos and anxiety of looking at the entire mountain, and focus on the few simple steps you need to take to make it to the top.

Today is the day.

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M.M. | Freedom Through Challenge

April 23, 2017

“All I am doing is making the conscious choice to perceive challenges as something beneficial.”
- Jim Carrey

This incredibly insightful quote from Jim Carrey, highlights for us all that yet again, it’s all about perspective.

How many of us get caught up in our day to day lives, seeing life as it happens to us, never questioning how it is we’re actually looking at those things that are happening? How many of us just see life as happening to us!? Tony Robbins has brought up a great point about this concept: what if we stopped looking at life as something that is happening to us, and instead looking at life as something that is happening FOR us? What if you looked at challenges as something that was happening for you, instead of something that was holding you back? Something truly incredible happens in this shift of our perspective.

That something is freedom. Once we begin seeing opportunity in and being grateful for what most would call challenges and obstacles, we’re free. A huge weight is lifted from our shoulders as challenges are now simply stepping stones, instead of hindrances. No longer do we worry about adversity and challenge, instead we greet them with a firm handshake and a smile that says, “good to see you again”.

There’s something else too that’s incredibly freeing about this concept as well, and that’s the simple fact that we have made the choice to change the way we view something. It was our CHOICE. Again, most times we think things in life are absolute, we wouldn’t even begin to assume that we have a choice when it comes to our feelings, our situations, and how we react to them. What an amazing thing it is to have the ability to grow and to decide to make a conscious choice about how we feel, or how we see someone, or how we see a situation.

What choice will you make next time you’re confronted with what seems like a challenge? Smile and shake hands? Or retreat, and let fear win the war? The choice is yours, but if we find out that you’ve treated our friend Challenge wrong… we’ll hack your instagram and post those photos from that little Vegas trip you took with the crew… Yeah, those photos… lol!

Until next time gang!

Today is the day.

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#140: 8 Steps To Quitting Your 9-5

April 21, 2017

Let us start by saying, that there is nothing wrong with rocking a 9-5, there a ton of benefits in fact. If you enjoy your 9-5 and you’re loving life, skip this episode entirely and pass it on to someone who isn’t digging the 9-5 lifestyle. There are those of us who know deep down, that there is no job to which we can be employed, that we’ll feel truly fulfilled. We’ve been there, going job to job, seeking advancement, higher pay, better opportunities, and the like, only to find out that none of those aspects actually satisfy us. We need and desire something different, not something more really, but something more to us.

If you’re still reading this, there’s a huge possibility that you woke up today unexcited. If that is you, we know, and we know that you know, that something has to change. Life is a beautiful, incredible, amazing opportunity, and it’s damn short to not love every second of it. You deserve to wake up excited for your day. Let’s be honest, if we’re living life absent of fulfillment, a lot of us aren’t even excited for the weekend. Because all the weekend is, is another week gone that you weren’t doing what you want to do, and there’s another week heading your way of the exact same thing. Now imagine that every week for rest of your career and working life. It’s fucking terrifying isn’t it? This scares you because you know you were meant for more, and again, you deserve that something. You deserve to wake up every day like a kid on Christmas morning. Excited, full of life, bursting with happiness, excited for the unknown and the infinite positive possibilities for the day. We’re here today to help stoke that fire.

Today we cover 8 steps that you can take to saying goodbye to your 9-5. We talk getting started, the journey, and what success really means. The mental aspects, the physical, we cover it all to help you uncover your true potential, so that you can answer that higher calling. Let this week be the beginning of your journey, or a shot in the arm for those of you in the middle of it. Let this day be a reminder to you that anything is possible, that nothing is out of reach, and that you deserve your dreams.

We’ll be in touch!

Today is the day.

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