What up! It is 2016! We hope you are doing well, and we want you to get ready to dominate this year. Right now, you have the opportunity of a lifetime, but you will have to get your mind right and focus. You may not know it, but the world is at your fingertips, and you have the chance to do something that others in your life could not do. That is big!
Real talk, you are not attending college, you are attending the rest of your life. We were the first to attend college in our family, and you know, it was hard! Hard! When it came to prepping for college, honestly, we knew nothing! So, we thought we could slide our way through the classes, hit up the clubs and make it all work. And where did all of that land us after the first semester of our freshman year? It landed us in a place where we did not want to be. Needless to say, we went from high 3.0’s to low 2.0’s in a flash!
That feeling of “I cannot make it, I am not smart enough, or maybe we should just quit” crossed our minds as much as it possibly crosses yours. We received 14’s on the ACT and took remedial college courses. See, we have been there and more than qualified to tell you, “Keep Going!”
The both of us wanted to send this to you earlier, but decided to wait until the new year rolled in! 2016 can be the best year of your life, if you want it to be! That is your choice to make. Now that we are 34 years-old, we have learned 5 important lessons, we wished we would have learned while in college:
It is not where “you” start, it is where “you” decide “you” end up.
You need to be relentless when attempting to accomplish your goals.
Don’t be afraid to roll alone. It is lonely at the top.
If you hang in there, you will reach your goals. Most people quit…
Focus on getting the job done, not your feelings.
Since our college days, these five lessons are the most powerful lessons we have learned. Why were they so powerful? Because all five have impacted us at 19 years old, 25 years old, and today! We wish we had known it was not about our “feelings”, trust us, we would have studied more! Regardless if you are attending college or not, you must do what it takes to become a Champion! Listen, in order to get better, you have to change your thinking. Change your thinking, change your life! That is a fact.
If you are reading this, we know that you want to live the best life possible. You are going to do the little things…you want to be a Champion! So, as we have said a million times, you can NEVER QUIT! Remember, if you hang in there, you have the opportunity to do something. If you look around, think about how many people gave up too early. Think about how many people, you know, who made poor decision after poor decision, and now they hit you with their “shoulda, coulda, woulda’s!”
We cannot believe we are 34 years old. CRAZY! Many times, when we are hanging out, we think about the good ‘ole days when the both of us traveled to the clubs and chilled on South Beach. That feels like yesterday! Our point is, you will be us one day, and hopefully, you will look back and be proud of your past and excited about your future!
So, prepare for the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 version of yourself. Only you can do it! Yet, it is important to know that none of us can go back in time and turn the clock. Those days, when they pass, will be long gone! Say Adios to them, and yes as you know, they are never…ever…coming back.
Maximize this time, despite where you come from, to focus on your goals and get the job done. This is not about the teacher trippin’; this is not about your cousin who is a bad influence; this is not about the color of your skin…this is about one person. YOU! So, the ball is in your court and you can decide how you play the game.
If you want to get there as easy as possible, cool, you will ride the bench. If you want to give the minimum effort, no problem, you will be a role player. Finally, if you want life’s big trophy, then you should be ready to practice more than you play. You should be ready to feel the pain. Oh and be ready to fail!
…through the blood, sweat, and tears you will be a Champion! Trust us! In 2016, are you willing to put it all on the line to be a World Champion of your Life? We hope you are!
Listen, if we can help you in anyway, email us at lewisinfluence@ gmail.com.