Today, we have Lance from the Jungle of Life as our guest writer. His passion for writing stems from his passion for spreading goodness. His blog is a constant reminder to stay focused on the important things in life. You may be wondering how the two of us got connected. Well, it’s simple. We have a bond that no one can break: neither of us can swim. Lance’s words will humble you, inspire you, and encourage you to live your best life. Read this inspirational post directly from the man himself.

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them, a desire, a dream, a vision.” ~ Muhammad Ali

What is it you want?

Really, and deeply, what is it you want?

Are they different answers? the first question and the second?

“I want to look good for my 10-year class reunion. ”

We may want this. However, do we deeply want this? Probably,
there is something deeper. What we might more deeply want is a feeling
of being more self-confident in our bodies, for instance. Wanting to
look good is one way in which we can feel more self-confident.

Look deep.

What’s there? What do you see?

This might not be an easy place to get to. In going to the depths of
our being, we may have many doors to open, and many paths we can take.
Some may be dead ends. Some doors may lead back to our surface wants.
If we keep looking, keep opening those doors, we will find that center, our

And this is the place to look.

Find that place, look for answers, and find what it is that really motivates


There will be days when you want to give it up. There will be days
when it’s easier to quit. Maybe to fall back on old habits.

It’s in these moments, when it’s a struggle to get out of bed, when the
lure of past vices pull at you, when it’s easier to plop down in front of the
television, that we define really how much we want that thing. If
it’s a surface want that we’re focusing on (like looking good for the class
reunion) then it’s going to be easy to slip and fall back into old
habits. However, if we’ve dug deep, and really identified what the core
value behind this is, we’re in a much better position to fight past these

Without understanding the “why”, without going deep to find an
answer, we’re only looking at temporary solutions, not lasting change.

You! You are in charge of your life. What are YOU going to do
with it? What are your deepest desires? Go after them!
Challenge yourself. Be afraid not of what may go wrong. Instead, be
buoyed by a real belief in yourself and in what matters deeply to you.

And sometimes, “it” may not all work out. There will be
moments when we’re not our best. Or we miss a target we were shooting
for. That’s okay. We pick ourselves back up, review why it is we’re
doing this, and tackle “it” again.

Will you get “there”? To that place you are seeking, that
has value and meaning to you? That’s a question only you can
answer. Know though, that you’re setting yourself up for much greater
success if you’ve done this important work up front. Look deep. See
what’s truly there. And live!”

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