Do What You Have To Do

When it comes to life, many people say that they are willing to “do what they have to do” to [insert goal/dream here]

That is BULLSHIT.

It is astonishing to me to hear others say that they will do ANYTHING to get to where they want to be in life, but when you look closer at their actions, they show you otherwise.


“I would do anything to travel the world”

Okay, leave your family for weeks/months at a time to do that, it’ll be fun!

“I don’t think I could stand being away from my family for too long.”


“Being financially responsible is something I stand by and I will do anything to save my money and not spend it on things I don’t need.”

That is so great to hear, continue doing you and saving your money!

*2 weeks later on Snapchat*

“Look at this brand new $500 Apple watch I got! So many cool features.”


Your actions MUST match your ambition.

I have big ambitions for my life and the way I want it to be.

Now, I believe to be taking a lot of positive action towards making my ambitions into reality.

The old me wasn’t doing enough.

I would say the same things, then have my actions show the EXACT opposite of my ambitions.


Rewire your brain for success.

Think of the person you would like to emulate.

Think about how they would handle certain situations and what actions they would take.

Successful people don’t waste their time bullshitting.

If they say they’ll do anything, they mean it.


Do what you have to do to provide for yourself and your family.

Choose Kindess

Life is simply too short to be holding grudges, being rude, or being ingenuine towards others, so why not choose kindness?


Being kind is cool as fuck.

I genuinely believe that if you are a kind human being, people enjoy being around you more.

They enjoy the energy that you bring to their life.

It shows that you honestly care about how they are doing and that you are being pure with your intentions.

By being kind, you bring value and positivity to others.


Most people may think that being seen as “kind” makes you a weak individual.

In my mind, it makes you stronger.

Being able to be kind to others when they are being rude to you, is a gift.

It is certainly much harder to do, rather than taking the easy route and being rude back.


We all have the same opportunity on a day-to-day basis.

Whenever you are faced with adversity, hardship, or rude people, we are confronted with two simple choices:

1) Match the negative energy you are faced with and spread more negative energy

OR

2) Combat the negativity with kindness, allowing for positivity to be spread

When you dissect any sort of hardship or difficult situation, it is seriously that simple.


Before resorting to the easy way out, take a step back and think to yourself next time you are faced with a difficult situation:

“How can I handle this situation with Kindness?”


Choose kindness every second of everyday.

Being kind will pay off way more than being rude ever will.

Bad Day?

It is simply astonishing to me to see people give up after ONE bad day, ONE bad week, ONE bad year…


Every day is a new opportunity to capitalize on the things we love.

Whatever it may be in your case, do NOT let one bad day, week, month, or year discourage you.

It is a part of the process.

I believe it to be more critical than the successes because it is literally showing you what you need to be better on.


I genuinely believe that life will intentionally put you through difficult times to see how you react.

To see if you are ACTUALLY preparing yourself.

Bad days are simply inevitable.

It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.

Keep pushing through to the next day.

If you are gracious enough to be granted another day, learn from yesterday and go forward being better than you were.


Bad days are a part of life.

just…keep…going.
Stay focused and KEEP CHASING THE DREAM.

Back To It

TODAY IS THE DAY.

After a 2 1/2 month hiatus, we are back to official team trainings!

I have been preparing myself individually for this time.

I tell you what, I am so eager to be stepping back onto the pitch with the boys.


The reason I am sharing this with you is because I did NOT take the past 2 1/2 months off.

I actually used it to further prepare myself for this day.

There was a reason why everything had gotten cancelled. Rather than dwelling on the time away and seeing it as vacation, I saw it as a sign that I needed to be doing more.

I am grateful that it has allowed me for some extra time to get ready.


Whatever the reasoning is behind the shortcomings or inconveniences in your life, take them as opportunities to grow and further prepare yourself for what is to come.


Are you ready for the blessings that are coming your way?
Continue pursuing with all you have.

Vizualize

My favorite question to ask my teammates before a match is:

“Do you see that?”

With it being such an open ended question, they typically respond with:

“Do I see what?”

My response to that is always along the lines of, “The stadium of people that are here to watch us play? Do you see it?”

My teammate typically will laugh and shrug it off, but I am being dead serious.

Typically before every match, the American national anthem is played.

During this time, I am visualizing the story unfolding.

I am standing in the tunnel, heart racing, eager to step onto the pitch.

Hearing the muffled sounds of the massive crowd above us.

The head referee gets the go ahead to lead the players onto the pitch.

Clacks of the metal studs on concrete as the footballers aren’t too far behind the referee.

The two teams emerge from the tunnel and the crowd erupts.

Head referee grabs the ball off the podium and tucks it under his right arm.

We are happily greeted by the thousands of fans and we line up.

I am lined up preparing myself to represent my country in the 2026 World Cup, I stand by my teammates, looking at the faces of the men besides me and looking into the crowd seeing all the supporters.

Smelling the fresh cut grass, breathing in the fresh air on a cool night, goosebumps on my skin, tears welling up in my eyes as the national anthem begins to play.

It hits me.

I am representing my country on home soil in front of thousands of fans, family and friends.

Chills.


I do this before EVERY match. Even at trainings I am visualizing state of the art performance centers and training facilities at my disposal.

The importance of this is to make my brain think that this is true, even though I am standing in the middle of a pitch with no stands, no fans, and mountains in the backgrous. I am putting it out into the universe that this is what I believe to be true, and the universe will make exactly that becoe true.


Your thoughts are powerful, use them to your advantage and see where you may land.

Vizualize the life of your dreams into reality.

A kid from Phelan, CA.

What Makes You Different?

There are THOUSANDS of people out there that are just like you.

With a world with over 7 Billion humans, there is bound to be others out there with the same goals, dreams and aspirations as you.


But what makes you different from them?


I get asked this question a lot. “What sets you apart? There are so many people out there just like you, what makes you think you’ll make it over them?”

My answer remains the same:

“We have the same goals and dreams, yes, but we don’t have the same work-ethic.”

When the going gets tough, you’ll see many drop out of the journey and SETTLE for the “next best thing”.

Even out of those who remain, you’ll see a time where even those lose the sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. Setting a time-frame for their success and if it isn’t achieved by then, they’ll submit to a normal life.

Then there are the few who are in it for life. Here, I believe that these are the ones who do eventually change the world.

The ones who choose to RUTHLESSLY chase a dream, a goal or world at ANY…COST.

Greats didn’t set a time-frame for their success.

Legends didn’t let the lows ruin the vision.

World-Changers don’t get distracted by the things that don’t matter in their journey.

They set a goal, have a vision and go out EVERY…DAY… manifesting it into reality.


Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King JR, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Gandhi…

The list is endless, but ALL of these icons that we look up to had a vision as to how the world could be better, went out, stood by their vision, and changed the world…

They are no different from you and I.

They are humans just like everyone else who walks on this earth.

The difference was how strong their vision was and their discipline to stand by it NO MATTER WHAT.


How strongly do you believe in what you do?


Leave a legacy that will outlive you for generations.

Don’t Let The Noise Get To You

Snipe comments left and right.

Saying this, saying that.

Making fun of you and where you are at in your own personal process…


Don’t let this noise get to you…KEEP GOING.


People will ALWAYS have something to say about you. No matter how well you are doing, it will be something that is apart of the process of creating your life.

Don’t let the negativity, ego or insecurities of others get you discouraged.

Maintain focus on what is important to you and continue striving for your goals and dreams.

Be kind to yourself, rather than looking at yourself as a mess, look at yourself as a work in progress.


You got this.

You Decide

At the end of the day, it is up to you.

It is up to you on how you decide to spend your time, your money, your energy, and as a whole, your life.

Many people place blame onto others as to why they are unable to do what they want in this life. They pose as this victim by creating every excuse in the book as to why it simply can’t be done for them. Reasons why they are unable to get fit, to make money, to create a life of their own…anything that they are unable to do. This type of person will always find problems with what needs to be done.

Hold yourself accountable rather passing the blame. The decision is yours because it is your life, not theirs.

Another issue people tend to face is the opinions of others.

Many believe to be held hostage by the opinions of the ones around them and that these people are the ones to blame for their personal misfortune.

The only thing that matters in this life is the belief and support you have FOR YOURSELF. By believing the opinions of others it allows them to have some sort of control over your decisions.

NEWS FLASH: THEY DON’T, NOR WILL THEY EVER.

The idea that someone else made you do something is such a chicken sh*t excuse.

Rather than letting your family members, friends, or anyone in that matter, make you feel less of yourself or influence your decisions, you need to look in the mirror first.

It is NOT them making you feel this way, it is because of YOUR vision of YOURSELF.

YOU:

  • Don’t believe in yourself
  • Are thinking negatively about yourself
  • See the truth in the negative opinions of others
  • Believe that there is someone else to blame

It is okay because you CAN change for the better.

Look introvertedly as to why your problems arise and fix the issues.

Change your mentality to see life in a totally different light, where you are the creator rather than the victim.

Aren’t you tired of feeling as if you are at someone else’s mercy?

At the end of the day, your life is one decision away from being extraordinary or mediocre.

Who do you want to make that decision?

dbaum

You have more of an influence than you think

Imagine being in charge of the world and where it was heading.

Being that one person where your actions and choices heavily influence the direction of where humanity was heading.

That would be a lot of responsibility, right?

In reality, we as individuals have that power to change where humanity is heading. In a smaller, more personal scale of course, but through the idea that our actions and our choices NOW not only affect us, but they will affect the generations that come after us.

Now picture this, a world where individually we considered the repercussions of our actions and weren’t ignorant to the negative consequences to follow.

We as humans understood that overconsumption and holes in the ozone layer were an issue. BACK. IN. 1992. Now it is 27 years later and we are facing the consequences of an ignorant past generation. The Earth has many more scientific problems that weren’t even thought to be possible at one point, an ocean that is flooded with pollution and dying ecosystems, and a LOT of people just waiting for someone else to take care of it.

The past generations knew that these issues were going to continue to grow, but left it up to someone else to deal with. Instead of realizing that we as individuals have more of an impact than we truly think.

Now, we are at a point where there is almost no chance of returning to the healthy planet that we once knew or a society where everyone is understanding of the issues the Earth is actually facing.

When are we as individuals going to stop being ignorant to the idea that we are the ones that are capable of changing the world?

With that being said, I believe that we need to be thinking in the mindset of:

“What I do now, may influence a generation. Will that influence be positive or negative?”

  • When you throw that piece of trash on the ground. Positive or Negative?
  • You driving drunk and put yourself and others in danger. Positive or Negative?
  • Doing drugs. Positive or Negative influence?
  • Believing that you picking up that “one piece of trash in the parking lot” WILL make a difference. Positive or Negative?
  • You and a few buddies picking up a bag full of trash off the beach and disposing of it properly. Positive or Negative?

Just THINK.

Your own kids, your nieces, your nephews, your grandkids, your great-great-great grandkids are going to have to bear with the consequences of the actions you make now.

Will they be a positive or a negative one?

You decide.

Your family, and humanity, needs you.

dbaum

This life is NOT random



Life works in crazy ways, but in reality, everything that happens, happens for a reason.

Every little detail in your life is meant to be.

Your actions and the misfortunes that happen along the way are the puzzle pieces that are making up your beautiful masterpiece of a life. Every last one of them are deliberate and purposeful, creating you into the artwork that you truly are.

Be patient and realize that your life is more meaningful that you perceive it to be.

You are here to for a reason and that reason is to leave your legacy for the upcoming generations to see. Never let your current situation cause you to lose sight of the end goal.

Get up, brush yourself off, and realize that this life is NOT random.