Discovering What Matters Most! and then committing to believe in it—100%!— are the all important first steps to realizing your life’s remarkable journey.
What do you think when you hear these three little thought provoking words: COMMIT-TO-BELIEVE? Is it… “Believe in what?” It was for me. You can believe in anything you want to… Right? I could always “believe” in something that made me feel good or allowed me to dream about what possibilities that may lie just outside my front door. But my dreams always seemed to fall short and I couldn’t understand why – until I made the dedicated and unwavering commitment to believe in the process of writing what I thought would be my first book – 100%. That’s when the Light came on and it struck me like a bolt of lightning.
It’s one thing to believe; it’s quite another to commit…
When I put these three new magic words together, COMMIT-TO-BELIEVE, the wonders of this great and bountiful Universe were coming alive with a new perceived reality for me. Writing my first book has changed my life all because I made the decision to COMMIT-TO-BELIEVE – 100%! When you COMMIT-TO-BELIEVE, in your dream or your passion and apply the conviction in faith necessary to achieve your inspired vision, you’ll also come to realize “balance” in your life.
When someone says to you: “What Matters Most?” What do you consider? Where does your mind go? Do you reflect on recent or past events that may have brought you very fond recollections? Did you feel those old genuine warm feelings again? Did they spawn some emotional release in you and create a positive feeling that may have affected your attitude? It did for me. It was an investment in heart that I made so many years ago with my band of brothers on a shared field of dreams – our battlefield – when we huddled together on the Astroturf of Husky Stadium in Seattle. These memories and strong bonds of legacy friendships, with their profound positive experiences brought about the feeling of what matters most to me – love for a brother. Always there… Always having each other’s back in the heat of the battle. It’s like life as we continue to “fight the good fight.” We stand by one another to weather the storms in life. So to me, “What Matters Most” – is LOVE first – those sincerely deep and genuine molecules of heart-felt emotions that bonds one’s spirit to anothers.
“In the most amazing journey any football player can ever take, Kevin was one of my Brothers. We shared hopes and dreams and pushed each other to obtain the dreams we all hoped to share. We accomplished so much; yet as we gray, Kevin, above all others; has rekindled that youthful spirit that had long ago turned into cynicism and disheartened platitudes of success in football. You see – Kevin has reestablished our friendships. Ultimately; that is what matters.”
Dan Lloyd – UW Teammate 1972-75
New York Giants 1976-81
Life at times can seem to be an elusive, fleeting existence. In life, your spirit may be lost or broken and your will to move forward bridled and encumbered. You can or will become broken or feel as if your soul becomes misplaced in the continual, mind-numbing flurry of recurring and troubling issues that we will inevitably have to face. There is defined hope and true inspiration in what positives can do in your life. Embrace them! Let them fill you up! Be brave and fearless when you chase your inspired dream! My dear old friend and collegiate training partner from my “DAWG DAZE SHADOWS” wrote these inspiring words on this picture he sent to me when I began this journey to place my words on the page as an effort of expressing my earnest measure of giving back.
“Guns, NEVER give up your dream!”
I will forever remember that one, cool October day as a newly arriving freshman in high school when we were called from our classrooms to meet for a rally on the north side of the principal’s office. No one seemed to know why this spontaneous, impromptu assembly was called. When the student body had been amassed for that general assembly, we were all surprised with what we saw.
Standing behind a make-shift podium were three of our schoolmates. Huddled together were Debbie Meyer, Sue Pedersen and Vicki King. All wore tentative smiles; but one — Debbie Meyer — stood out proudly sporting her newly acquired “3” Olympic Gold Medals from the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. That day as I stood there watching as a young 14-year old dream chaser — in awe of their world-class accomplishments — inspiration hit my heart with a fiery passion instilling in me that some day; I too, could hopefully realize my dream of playing football in the NFL. I could own my similar gold medal of accomplishment. Inspiration that spurs motivation can come in many different forms. On this particular day however, it came from three new schoolmates. Thanks Debbie, Sue and Vicki for inspiring this former young Rio Americano Raider on that very special day!
I came across some inspirationally motivating words conveyed by Billy Mills, the 1964 – 10K Meter – Olympic Gold Medalist. These reflective words are deeply spiritual and invoke some rather profound and prolific words of wisdom. Caring and nurturing words of wisdom that his father had spoken to him as a child. The insightful power of these words captivated me. I immediately sensed their revealing essence that stirred the very core of my soul and ultimately found my heart… I hope these great, imaginative and creative words uttered by a father, so long ago, to his swift young running brave will do the same for you, as you turn the page towards the next chapter in your life. They have in mine. Thanks Billy!
“You have to look deeper, way below the anger, the hurt, the hate, the jealousy, the self-pity, way down deeper where the dreams lie, son. Find your dream. It’s the pursuit of the dream that heals you.”
Never give up! Always move forward! Give your all! Live life to the fullest by being the absolute very best you can be every day! It’s the way to your vast fortune and riches in this bountiful Universe. The “DREAM” is what gives us hope and spurs us on to greatness if we choose to embrace it.