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8F378C04-B064-4775-988F-6A05FC21743B-w800-h600Don’t give in to the minutiae of the day that tries to distract you from what matters so it can steal away your dreams.

Don’t give in and let thoughts of what could be tomorrow—or next year—deprive you of what is right now. Fight for a better tomorrow. But live in today.

Don’t give in to thoughts about how you can’t, aren’t good enough, or don’t have enough.

Don’t give in to the idea that you need to be more than you already are.

Don’t give in to the illusion that there’s something or someone out there, over there, or just beyond that can fix it all and make you happy.

Don’t give in to stories about how you’ve been wronged, failed in some way, and should have done things differently.

Don’t give in to thinking that there’s not enough time, that it’s too late and you blew your chances.

Don’t give in to the idea of what anybody else says, thinks, or expects 0f you.

Don’t give in to the box you put yourself in, the bars you feel you deserve to live behind, or the walls you keep the world out with.

Don’t give in to having hatred for those who’ve offended your sense of self, trampled on your dignity, or owe you something… anything… no matter how big or small.

Don’t give in to the day when it seems like it’s more than you can stand, when you just wanna pull the covers up and hide.

Don’t give in to those who tell you that you can’t. Let their words of disbelief empower you. Use their doubt and condemnation as fuel for your fire.

Don’t give in to the big lie that’s all around you—everywhere you look—that says you need to look good, make a bunch of money and buy a bunch of things. That you need to “have it all.”

Don’t give in to the thoughts that try to pull you away from the one place that matters, the only thing there is… This.

Right here, right now.

This eternal moment.

Don’t give in just because you’ve given in so many times before.

Even if it seems like giving in is all you know how to do.

Right now, stand your ground. Be present. Love with everything you’ve got. And live your life with purpose. On purpose.

Not a life lived to impress anyone or to gain acceptance.

But a life that burns away everything that simply does not fucking matter.

A life that only you can live.

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Talk soon,

Big Chris

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Donna turner says August 16, 2013

Fight for a better tomorrow. But live in today.thanks Chris good read.

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Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

you’re welcome Donna (=

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Chris says August 16, 2013

Never give in, never stop fighting, great post Chris *thumbs up*

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    Chris McCombs says August 17, 2013

    thanks Chris

    never give in

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Niv says August 16, 2013

Word! Great post man.

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    Chris McCombs says August 17, 2013

    thanks Niv!

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Eddy Salomon says August 16, 2013

Thanks Chris! I needed this message this week! Glad I discovered your blog this week. It’s already paying off.

🙂

Eddy

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    Chris McCombs says August 17, 2013

    right on Eddy

    glad you’re enjoying it man

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Gwen says August 16, 2013

Just started reading your stuff and I love it. You hooked me with 37 ways to be a Bad Ass. I don’t get to all of them everyday, but everything you said in 37 is a goal that is important to me on a daily basis. And this post, well, the deal is sealed. I’m a fan! Thanks for breathing!

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    Chris McCombs says August 17, 2013

    hey thanks Gwen

    yeah a lot of people find this blog from the 37 list

    glad it resonates with you

    thanks for taking the time to comment (=

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Michael Gallaher says August 16, 2013

I don’t know what planet you came from but I gotta tell ya man I am so glad that you’re here.
Don’t know where all this Wisdom comes from but keep it coming. This is amazing stuff!
Be Well!
Michael

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    Chris McCombs says August 17, 2013

    thanks Michael

    funny you mention the “other planet” thing

    I spent a lot of years wondering how the hell did I get here? why don’t I fit in? what’s the secret they all know that they aren’t sharing with me? what fucking planet am I from?

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Matt says August 16, 2013

As usual, Chris, you hit the nail on the head! Great stuff dude!!!

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    Chris McCombs says August 17, 2013

    glad to be the hammer my friend

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Heidi says August 16, 2013

Thanks Chris – I think we all need reminders to keep it in the NOW. Great post!

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    Chris McCombs says August 17, 2013

    yes, myself included

    its half the reason I write this shit (=

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AJ says August 16, 2013

Thanks, Bro’! This came when and as I needed it

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    Chris McCombs says August 17, 2013

    awesome, that’s the best time! (=

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John says August 16, 2013

Another awesome post Chris. Thanks.

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    Chris McCombs says August 17, 2013

    you’re welcome John!

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Big Joe says August 16, 2013

Fight for a better tomorrow. But live in today. -Truer words have never been spoken.

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    Chris McCombs says August 17, 2013

    thanks Big Joe

    funny I know a Big Will, Big Larry, Big Scott, Big Mike, Big Russ

    Now a Big Joe!

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Chris says August 16, 2013

Chris, thanks for putting this fucked up world in proper perspective. Keep posting and always keep it real..!!!

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    Chris McCombs says August 17, 2013

    will do my friend

    thanks Chris

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Michael S Brown says August 17, 2013

Chris,

As always great post. I especially like this.

“Don’t give in to having hatred for those who’ve offended your sense of self, trampled on your dignity, or owe you something… anything… no matter how big or small.”

It’s easy enough to start hating when so many piss us off or trample on us. But, taking the high road and forgiving can change us for the better.

Great post man, don’t stop writing 🙂

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    Chris McCombs says August 17, 2013

    right on Michael

    yeah this is an area I’ve struggled a lot with personally

    probably what it ends up in my writing

    fortunately there’s been some evolution here for me, it can be a tough one though

    seems in the end it’s all about acceptance and self-forgiveness

    at least that’s been my experience

    thanks for the comment bro

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Audrey Sheridan says August 17, 2013

“Don’t give in to the box you put yourself in, the bars you feel you deserve to live behind, or the walls you keep the world out with.”

Funny, I was just thinking about saying this very thing to a friend, who believes he doesn’t deserve to be out of the box. I guess I’ll just send him your post instead. Thank you, Chris– good timing as always.

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    Chris McCombs says August 26, 2013

    right on Audrey, right on (=

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Veronica says August 18, 2013

OMG I have such a crush on your writing!!!

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    Chris McCombs says August 26, 2013

    yeah it has that effect (=

    well now you’re making me blush

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Jimmy says August 19, 2013

Hey Chris, I absolutely love all of your writing and I have massive respect for you man. Im 17 btw and you don’t know how much you have helped me with things that have been going on in my life. This one is fantastic!

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    Chris McCombs says August 26, 2013

    Damn Jimmy, 17 and reading shit like this, you’re ahead of the game soldier

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Rick LaCross says August 19, 2013

Hey Chris,
What do you charge for a 30 minute consult?

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    Chris McCombs says August 26, 2013

    hey go to the contact page and send me an email about what you were hoping to get out of a consultation and I’ll let you know if i’m a good fit for it and the cost ok

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Dominic Paget says August 23, 2013

Chris great piece of inspirational reading….Thank you, means a hell of a lot to me. (and many others I am sure. Your writing is ace, and meaningful, don’t stop brother, your doing the world huge Good.
yours with deep respect
Dom

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    Chris McCombs says August 27, 2013

    thanks Dom, yeah, no stopping brother

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Larry Clay says August 27, 2013

Great post as always bro. I truly believe if GOD showed us where He has our lives planned to land even only ten years from now, it would all be too good and too much for us to be able A). grasp and B). believe.

Keep em comin bro,
Coach Larry Clay

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    Chris McCombs says August 29, 2013

    WUUUUUURD

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