Almost 2 years ago, I committed to growth and greatness. I was tired of my life. I was tired of being “just Cole Smith”. To understand the context of that you have to follow me back to a friend of mine’s birthday party in middle school. I was inside talking to a couple of friends. Outside, there were probably 15-20 guys shooting airsoft guns. I walked out the door and was less than a half inch from my eye. To me, this was almost a serious event, but to another guy who was there, it wasn’t. This guy was one of the most popular kids in my class. He said nobody should care because “it’s just Cole Smith”. I’ve never felt so disposable in my life. Almost 7 years later, I still carry this with me. I’m not upset or holding a grudge against this kid. I actually really like him! I still carry it with me because I never what to feel replaceable or disposable again. I want to be so valuable and so successful to prove everyone that I’m not “just Cole Smith.” Kids are harsh, but my childhood taught me a lot and formed me into who I am today. Over the past two years, I’ve been obsessed with crafting a life that makes my success and impact undeniable!
I’ve changed physically. I’ve gone from 180 lbs and out of shape to 145 lbs and fit. I’m in great shape, and my body is operating at a level I’ve never experienced before. In this transition, I’ve developed habits that will transfer to any part of my life and make me successful in that area. It’s taken a lot of discipline to refuse to quit. I honestly feel like quitting every day. I know I won’t do it and I won’t let myself, but I definitely feel it on a daily basis. Where ever you are on your journey, do not quit and keep persisting! I promise you it will pay off!
Mentally, I’m more confident than ever before. I know I still have a long way to go in this area, but I’m leaps and bounds from where I was two years ago. I went from being ashamed of being me to not wanting to be anyone else! I recognize that my life is in my hands and it will become what I make of it. I’ve built a ton self-confidence simply by doing. I’ve learned to trust myself when I say I’m going to do something, I usually will. However, I want that to change to when I say I’m going to do something I do it. With some more time and consistent effort, I will turn this desire into reality!
If you were to ask me how I’ve gotten the results and growth that I have, I don’t really have an exact answer. I’ve worked really hard and been extremely persistent. I kind of just did it. I’ve never really known what I was doing. I just had faith that it was going to work out and it has!
I’m extremely thankful for all the people in my life. Especially the ones who have introduced me to other successful individuals and to those who have helped me further myself down the path of success. My success is not and never will be credited to me, all the credit goes to my supporters. Without them I am nothing. Success is a path that can’t be traveled alone. I’ve also learned to collaborate. Collaboration allows for me to use their network and them to use mine. It’s the best way to grow quickly. If you’re going to reach high levels of success, you must learn to collaborate!
I’m extremely grateful for my life and all of its contents. There is so much going on in my life that I don’t even know where to begin! I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve this life. I’m not worthy of the people who I gratefully call friends and family. I work every day to become better not only for myself but for them.