Start Now. And Finish!

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Yesterday you said tomorrow, so just do it! I just felt that went along nicely with this quote. I think a lot of this quote is correct. You should start now because if you start now, you have the capacity to finish sooner (or complete what you start more thoroughly, if you are the kind of person that likes to use ALL of the time allotted to you). It’s okay. It’s okay to start with fear…okay to start with pain…to start with doubt…start with hands shaking…with voice trembling…In fact, it’s natural to start with those things. The beginning is when things are the most confusing and the most difficult. I think a lot of this quote is correct…

I think this quote does exactly what it says it does: It “Just start[s].” Although I concede the fact that the quote has a line of, “Start and don’t stop”, it doesn’t receive the emphasis that it should. It only occupies one line, after all, and that line is buried in the middle. What I would like to propose is persistence and dedication. It’s something that I, admittedly, lack. That’s exactly why I propose it and feel it to be so vital. Don’t get me wrong, starting is a HUGE step and it is IMMENSELY important…But you can’t just stop there. I can say from my limited amount of experience that starting something is merely half the battle. Despite the importance of starting, it means nothing if you don’t stick with it. So don’t start something and then lay back out of complacency; Keep approaching it the way you started it and fight to the finish. After all, if you put in all the effort to overcome fear, pain, and doubt in the beginning, you can’t just give up. So, I say, “Start now. And finish!”


Is there something you wish you had started?

Is there something you want to start?

Is there something you wish you had finished?

Is there something you want to finish?

Start it.

Finish it.



That’s all for TheHaysWay today. I would love to hear your responses to the questions above, as well as your thoughts on the quote discussed, or anything else you wish to discuss. I would also love it if you left a much-appreciate like. If you are not yet a follower, start now. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow and may the force be with you.


Boise State Basketball, Daily Dose of Positivity

I watched the first half of the New Mexico @ Boise State basketball game and…ugh! That’s the best way I can describe it. New Mexico shot somewhere in the neighborhood of 65% to Boise State’s 35%. It was a 49-31 game at half. Hopefully Boise State can make a resurgence in the second half.

Alright, now for the daily dose of positivity. I am obligated to include this for two reasons:

  1. Some people take some of the slightly negative stories I tell very seriously, so this is evidence that I DO believe there is hope for all of us on this planet, myself included.
  2. I actually do believe there’s some good left in this world, Mr. Frodo…And it’s worth fighting for.

I wanted to expand on my Quote Bank post from four days ago:

“Maybe the best things…the richest things…aren’t supposed to come easy. And the moments that make the most sense come when nothing else does.” -Maggie Lawson as Juliet O’Hara in Psych.

This quote was what inspired me to write that Quote Bank post. I’ll be honest, the character of Juliet is probably my least favorite in Psych because she’s the least comedic. However, this is easily the most powerful line in the show. It originally appeared in the episode “An Evening with Mr. Yang”. I find it more powerful in the episode “Deez Nups”. Honestly, “Deez Nups” is the hardest episode for me to watch. It reminds me too much of my breakup. BUT, this is supposed to be a positive post, so I’ll remind everyone that everything works out in the show and talk about the quote. This quote encapsulates why I participate in the grind everyday. I know that the best things aren’t supposed to come easy, so I do what I need to do to set myself up to experience a best thing. Furthermore, nothing in the world makes sense. Like…ever. Just know that, through all the fuzz, a moment of clarity will shine through, and that moment will be all the sweeter because it will be such a reprieve. That ties into the next quote I want to elaborate…

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So, scientifically, stars still have luminosity and, therefore, would continue to shine even if it wasn’t dark. But, science is a little uptight, so we’ll pretend that it doesn’t exist 🙂 The darkness is no different from the fuzz, and the shine is no different from the clarity. If everything in the world around you isn’t going the way it should or the way you want it to, use that to rise up. Remember, light overtakes darkness. Don’t succumb to the darkness, light it up!

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Last week in my Gateway to Business class, every member of the class had to pitch an idea for an app. Afterward, we were all to form groups of 4-5 people to work on developing one of the apps. During the class, the professor repeatedly said that we would regret it if we didn’t take a chance and pitch our idea. Well, I listened to him and pitched my idea (an app that would allow someone to hum into a microphone, then notate what the person hummed). What he failed to mention was that we would regret not sticking to our idea when it came time to choose teams. When it was time to choose teams, I immediately went to another person’s idea (all of the ideas had been written on giant pieces of paper and hung around the room). I saw a couple of people standing next to my idea, but I stayed with the other idea I went to. I have been wishing I had backed my idea ever since. Sometimes you have to take a string of risks. Go for it. Don’t ever look back because you didn’t go all the way for it. Let me tell you something, I took a chance with my ex-girlfriend back in the day (which is why she’s my ex). I know I’ve mentioned that multiple times in this blog, but what I haven’t mentioned is that I don’t regret taking the chance. I only regret HOW I took the chance. Because when you go big, you don’t EVER go home. We are defined by the chances we take and how we take them. It’s a two-step process. The second step of how would not exist without the first step of actually taking the chance. So, go for it.

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I sincerely hope this is true. I hope I am going to the right place for all of the blind choices I have made out of not knowing what the right one is. This must be true for how many people seem to have ended up in the right place even though they admit that they made plenty of mistakes along the way. Sometimes you’ll hit a slump. Play through it. Remember the cliches: Michael Jordan got cut from his high school basketball team, Steve Jobs didn’t attend college, Trump has gone bankrupt multiple times, etc. They all played through their slumps. So should you.

To live the way you want to live, to be true to yourself will not always make you the most famous person. If you make a positive, important impact on a few, that is far better than being known by or making a negative impact on many.

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Real life example: People were afraid after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor during World War II. That fear led to them being angry with Japanese-Americans. Their anger grew to hate when the American government decided to put Japanese-Americans in concentration camps. Although US concentration camps weren’t as bad as the Nazi concentration camps, Japanese-Americans still experience a lot of suffering resulting from that hate. Learn to control your fears. Things can become so much worse if you don’t. That is a lesson that I could still learn, too.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the Boise State basketball game and/or on the multitude of quotes and following analysis and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, suppress your fear to become one so it doesn’t spiral. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Quote Bank

“Maybe the best things…the richest things…aren’t supposed to come easy. And the moments that make the most sense come when nothing else does…” -Maggie Lawson as Juliet O’Hara in Psych.

“Love is being stupid together.” -Paul Valery, Poet

“The longer one is alone, the easier it is to hear the song of the Earth.” -Robert Anton Wilson, Writer

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Happy Birthday to Orlando Bloom

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Daily Update: July 28, 2016

And yet, you were the one who said fear was necessary for command.” -Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Star Trek

Chris Pine is a phenomenal actor and the franchise reboot was done masterfully (albeit with an excessive amount of lens flares, Abrams). Don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything from Star Trek: Beyond for you guys. In fact, I won’t even give my opinion on it right now. You’ll have to go watch it yourself. Anyway, this is one of the more interesting themes from the 2009 original reboot (yes, that’s an oxymoron): Fear. Fear is a large aspect in life. A lot of what people do is in relation to how they feel about fear. That’s what sets the bold apart from the complacent. The bold face their fears, and the complacent, do not. I agree with Spock (Kirk is referring to him when he says ‘you’), fear is necessary for command. The greatest of leaders are the ones who are able to overcome their fears to perform when the group they are leading needs them to do so the most. As this is a sports blog, I will give a sports example. In sports, those great leaders are typically considered ‘clutch’. I’m sure Cleveland was terrified when the Cavaliers were down 1-3 against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals this year. LeBron James overcame his fear of falling just short again and led his team to the amazing comeback that I use as a frequent example for things in my blog, now. So, fear is necessary for command because fear is what builds those commanders and teaches them to be able to lead, no matter what situation they are facing. To be perfectly honest, I am absolutely terrified of bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets (and any other flying, black-and-yellow insects with stingers). I am also afraid that I will encounter a hopeless situation. I live my life with total belief that I can accomplish anything, if only I find the correct approach. But, I recognize that it is not possible to have COMPLETE control of every situation. Sometimes, I can’t accomplish something because key choices involved in the accomplishment are not mine to make. It sucks when a situation doesn’t work out because of the doing of someone else. It’s like working in a group when a group member doesn’t do what they are supposed to for the team to run smoothly. Fear drives us. However, I write the NFL news without fear:

  1. Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain did not travel with the team to California for training camp. An explanation for this has yet to be delivered to the public, but it IS possible that McClain could be headed out the door soon in Dallas. He is already suspended for the first 10 games of this season, and this certainly doesn’t make it seem like he is committed to football.
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell plans to appeal his four-game suspension for violating the league policy on substances of abuse. Much like New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, I doubt the appeal will amount to anything for Bell. Honestly, I’m getting really tired of NFL players appealing their suspensions. If they hadn’t made mistakes in the first place, they wouldn’t be suspended. So if they want to avoid suspensions, they need to stop doing stupid things that they know they aren’t supposed to do!
  3. New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall challenged Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown to a high-stakes bet today. If Marshall ends the season with more receiving yards, he wants Brown’s Rolls Royce. If Brown ends the season with more receiving yards, Marshall has offered to get him a Porsche. Brown has yet to accept the bet, saying, “He [Marshall] don’t really wanna do that.” That’s a lucky statement for Marshall, who likely won’t come close to Brown’s receiving totals, despite having QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back in the building. Back out while you can Marshall! Brown is just more productive than you.
  4. The Minnesota Vikings have extended the contract of head coach Mike Zimmer. The length of the contract has yet to become available to the public, but I think it’s a great deal for both parties. The Vikings really don’t need too much more talent to get to the Super Bowl, the team is really good right now and has the youth to compete for many years to come.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote, and/or the daily news and/or anything that’s on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.