What are YOU Dedicated to?

It’s another magnificent day — a Monday even, as I write this.  Earlier today I heard someone say, “I hate Mondays… ”  I just don’t get that.  They were alive, breathing (yes, I know it’s tough to be alive and not breathing but just go with me here,) moving on their own power,  pain-free, living in a real home — with a roof and running water and everything!  And they hate Mondays?  Puzzling.  It’s like I say from time to time, the best part of waking up… is waking up!

There’s been lot of excitement around the world these past days.  Did you watch the Olympics?  WOW!  You want to talk about drive and determination and focus!  So many people determined to win; competing at their highest levels, trying to take home the medal; and not just any medal, but the GOLD medal.  Because the gold medal signifies superior excellence  — but not perfection, mind you.  I haven’t seen anyone get a 10 yet, so the gold is going for excellence.  They compete against hundreds of others from around the world, all ostensibly at a similar level of skill and ability and preparedness. But mostly, they compete against themselves, continually increasing their personal best.  They sacrifice YEARS of their lives to prepare for these events.  I heard one young lady say, “I practiced this routine for 12 hours a day, 6 days a week for 4 years…”  Wow.  Hundreds of players and ONE gold medal per category.

How many people want something in their lives enough to devote  12 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 4 years… just for the chance — the opportunity — to TRY to win the medal?

In most of our daily lives, we don’t need that kind of drive… that kind of effort. The competition is not that stiff for what most of us want to accomplish in life, and we don’t even have to beat out everybody else.  For most of us, we could excel incredibly on what an Olympian would consider a mediocre effort, at best.  But many of us don’t try; we’ve lost the dream.  Some of us had it taken from us (we think) and some of us just gave it away. But still the biggest competition we have to face is ourselves, to keep increasing our own personal best.

 As long as there is one person who dreams, there will always be the chance for dreams to come true.  What kind of effort are you putting towards your passion.. your dream?  That’s another one of those questions I ask while I’m looking in a mirror :-)

“Let your heart soar as high as it will . REFUSE to be average.”  A.W. Tozer

When you master your mindset, you master your life.  And that is the Intensely Positive point.

Are you with me?  Have an awesome day.


Kelvin Ringold

Born to John and Lora Ringold on October 24, 1953, grew up, went to school, graduated high school and joined the Air Force -- turned 18 in basic training. Did 20 years in the Air Force and retired in 1991. Moved to Syracuse, worked at University Hospital and retired from there at 55. During that 55 years... I learned some lessons, one of which is that LIFE is what we make it. I spend a major portion of my waking hours helping other people figure out the same thing. Life is what we make of it, and... "when you master your mindset, you master your life." That's my mission: living it, and teaching it.


  • Hello Mr. Mitchell! I admit it CAN be tiring and time consuming, but so often when we are heavily engaged in what really drives us… the time flies and the “work” is play (other than physical olympic training, I’m sure.) Play” is where I am many times, especially after I figure out where we’re I’m really going, and I’m often shocked that “wow, it’s midnight already?” And again, most of us don’t need near that 12 hr/6 day formula to be successful, but admittedly focus — and a good guide — is key ;-) May the “PLAY” force be with us both :-)

  • It’s hard to deny a big part of this post – “How many people want something in their lives enough to devote 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 4 years…” That’s pretty powerful, and truth be told it’s tiring and time consuming and scary and hard to do. And yet often it’s necessary to give at least an effort close to this to truly succeed. It’s not easy to do but I guess if it were easy everyone would be doing it.

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