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Thoughts On Independence Day!

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Happy Birthday, America! Good Morning!

What an awesome day to wake up in the land of the free and the home of the brave! It’s a beautiful day here in Arizona. The sun came up and it’s not too hot and it actually rained last night, and ya know what it’s not too hot just yet!

I love my country, how about you?

Today, I’m giving you my “morning thoughts”, reflecting on my childhood and thinking of this glorious piece of dirt we call home, “America”.

Ya know, I grew up on the east coast, went to a Christian school and I was privileged enough to visit so many sites of where history was made: Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Independence Hall, Fort McHenry, places where our founding fathers made their sacrifices and took their stand for liberty.

I’m just appreciating what are forefathers went through to give us the liberties we take so freely. I think we need to reflect on our freedoms and be thankful for those sacrifices thousands and even millions have made on behalf of those freedoms.

There are many around this globe who don’t have what we have here. There are those who are willing to die to get here because of the tyranny they face in their own countries.

I don’t think many of our younger generations appreciate the all the liberties we have nor do they have an affection to care!  I remember President Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.”  We have to take the torch of Liberty to those around us, to teach them what it means to be an American.

Some say we are losing our freedoms, and I can see that. It’s sad. But, I’m not going to let it happen on my watch. I’m going to stand and speak up and use all the amendments of the Constitution I have at my disposal to keep this country great, to make it better, even if I can help one person see the light of liberty shine  in their eye so they can pass it on to others.

Maybe you’re not going to travel to DC and get plugged in there. But, you can make changes in your home, your community, you can make a difference to your children, your schools, your coworkers and your neighborhood.

You can do a lot all you have to do is STAND and appreciate the opportunities you were given and stop being so selfish, thinking that everything is supposed to be given to you. We’re not just handed “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. We aren’t guaranteed happiness, it means we have the opportunity so get after it!

Did you know, I have the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and The Declaration of Independence on my wall in my home. When I see those names on those documents, I ask myself, what was it like for them?  Can you imagine? What they went through all the sorrow, the sacrifices, buildings burned, soldiers barging in their homes, families lost.

But, wow, what did they do? They scraped together the resources they had and kicked an Imperial Army in the ass! Then they DECLARED THEIR INDEPENDENCE.  So, that’s why I have those documents on my wall.

Let us always remember the sacrifices made to give us the liberties we take so freely! -SD Powell

That’s all I got for you today; have an amazing day today celebrating the Independence of this great country!

May God bless you and may God Bless this Nation!

Stay True, We need You!

Stephen D. Powell The GunLife Coach

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Stephen D. Powell is an Air Force veteran with more than 18 years of combined federal, military & civilian law enforcement experience. Powell has been teaching professionally for over 25+years as a firearms Instructor for numerous organizations and agencies rated with the NRA, NM & TX DPS and a Sig Sauer Academy Master Instructor. His company, Patriot Outdoors, Inc, has been operational in the defensive training industry since 2004, starting a thousand acre training facility located in Eastern New Mexico. Patriot has provided crucial and relevant firearms training to DOD and SOCOM, state and local law enforcement and armed citizen students. Over the past several years, Powell has appeared on several Fox News, Sirius XM radio, various regional newspaper, radio and tv shows, promoting military veteran entrepreneurship and patriotism as well as educating the shooting industry on range development, media relations and key second amendment issues. Patriot Outdoors is currently operating out of the Phoenix Valley, Arizona and with a new channel of The GunLife Coach to inspire and motivate other in life and on the range!



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Are You Winning Battles? Be A Fighter!

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Be A Fighter!
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WINNING YOUR BATTLES…..

So many people have battles they face daily.. Battles happen on many fronts. Physical, Emotional, Mental and YES, Spiritual.  Battles and enemies come in many forms: abuse, addictions, anger, anxiety, depression, fear, shame, ptsd, traumas, insecurities, disease and illnesses etc..etc..

How do we overcome these battles? Do we give in to them and be left defeated?

ARE YOU A FIGHTER?

No, we FIGHT! How do we fight?

We seek allies, we get help, we learn to understand our enemy and how to defeat them! We suit up with armor and weapons that will enable and empower us to win!

Mentally, we dig deep and draw strength from within and we do all we that we can do to STAND and conquer the enemy that wishes victory over us!

I don’t know what type of battles you’re facing, but don’t think for one minute that you’re alone.. You’re Not… We all have ’em and we can choose to fight and WIN!

But, It’s up to you isn’t it? YOU KNOW?

Sometimes the only thing that’s stopping you is YOU!”

Don’t accept defeat! Be encouraged, dust yourself off and take a stand today…

BE A FIGHTER!

Remember With God nothing is impossible. Be a Fighter and Win Your Battles Today! Being a fighter isn’t easy that’s for sure. But, we are stronger than we think when we look back over the other side and realize all we have accomplished! Mindset is Everything!

Please feel free to reach out for more guidance, added content, books, resources I have used on my journey or to ask questions. I’ll be glad to respond to help in anyway I’m able.

Just a side-note, I do not think I’m a boxer, I love to duke it out with the bag and take care of frustration from time to time! It’s a healthy habit! You should try it! 

Be sure to Subscribe to my channel here, follow The GunLife Coach on Facebook & Instagram also!

That’s All I got for you Today, Stay Tuned, Stay Ready and I’ll catch you next time!

IF THIS HELPED YOU IN ANY WAY OR YOU FEEL IT CAN HELP SOMEONE ELSE, PLEASE SHARE…. 

Stephen D. Powell~The GunLife Coach

 

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Your To-Do List: Unforeseen Events Will Arise

No matter how well we organize our lists and how productive we are in handling tasks, unexpected obligations and interruptions arise that could throw us off our plan.

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Each day you compose your to-do list and begin proceeding merrily down it, do you take into account what is likely to occur in the course of a day? No matter how well we organize our lists and how productive we are in handling the tasks, invariably, unexpected obligations, interruptions, and other developments arise that are going to throw us off our plan.

How do you react when you are humming along and, suddenly, you get an assignment from out of left field? Perhaps your boss has asked you to jump on something immediately. Maybe a client calls. Maybe something gets returned to you that you felt was complete.

If you are like most professionals, you immediately will become flustered. The intrusion on your time and your progress means that you are not going to accomplish all that you set out to before the end of the day. Is there a way to proceed and still feel good about all that you accomplish?

A Supplemental To-do List

I believe there is, and it involves making a miniature, supplemental to-do list that accurately and completely encapsulates the new task you now need to handle.

Why create this supplemental to-do list? It gives you focus and direction, reduces anxiety, and increases the probability that you will remain buoyant at the time of its completion and be able to turn back to what you were doing before the task was assigned.

If you don’t compose such a list, and simply plow headlong into the unexpected challenge that has come your way, you might not proceed effectively, and you might never get back to the to-do list on which you were working.

Unforeseen tasks that arise represent more than intrusions on our time; they represent intrusions on our mental and emotional state of being. Some people are naturally good at handling unexpected situations and often work as public servants, such as police officers and firefighters, or in health care, as nurses and orderlies.

Most of us, however, are not wired like this. Interruptions and intrusions take us off the path that we wanted to follow, and tend to be at least momentarily upsetting. Hereafter, when executing the items on your to-do list, proceed with the mindset that there will be an interruption of some sort. You don’t know when it is coming or how large it will be, but it will pull you off course.

Equanimity Reigns

The key question for you is: Can you develop the capacity to maintain balance and equanimity in the face of such disruptions? The good news is that you can, and it all starts with acknowledging that the situation is likely to happen, devising a supplemental checklist to handle the new task, and as deftly as possible, returning to what you were doing.

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