"Where there is no vision, there is no hope." - George Washington

Right before I started Semper Fi Project I was in a hopeless state of monotony. I was a guy who always dreamed of big things. I felt I had vision and high hopes for myself, but then life got the best of me. I fell into a trap of hopelessness. I truly believed I just needed to be grateful for what I had, because I was lucky to have that, and I did not deserve more. So, I set all my dreams and aspirations aside, embraced my undeserving attitude and slowly began to die from the inside out.

Honestly, I was shut off. I did not want to experience any pain and because of all that I had gone through I began to think that any good in my life was just luck. So, I acted as if I didn't belong, which had a negative impact on my confidence and the vibrant, ambitious U.S. Marine went AWOL. I lost my vision and my hope that pushed me to become better was gone. I began to operate in a just survive mentality. That is no way to live. After living in this world I created for myself the real me began to fight its way out. Little by little thoughts starting creeping up and and I began to have glimpses of hope again, until one day I woke up and realized that I was my own worst enemy! Yes, even with all the attacks on my life and my future it was my negative view, my ability to close off from the world and me accepting my undeserving attitude.

I had to face the truth about my actions. I felt defeated and decided to stay in that defeat for too long. When I awoke it was like breathing new air and I was no longer satisfied with what I had. I realized I was meant for more. Let me be clear, yes, I should be grateful for what I have and count them blessings; however I was made for more and the hunger that's inside of me was uncomfortable with complacency. The first thing I had to do was reject my old thoughts of negativity and despair, adopt a new thought process and begin to fight back! You see, I could no longer go back to my old self, because that part of my life had past. I needed to embrace my experiences, learn from them and create new beliefs. So, many of us say "I wish it could be like it was before" or "I need to go back to who I used to be." that thought process is false. Once I began to move forward and only look back to learn, I freed my mind to create new visions for me and my family. As I replaced my thoughts and fed my mind, body, and spirit with wisdom, health, and God's word I was able to see clearly. I had visions of prosperity, but not just with money. I saw myself making a positive impact to those around me and my purpose had finally surfaced.

Life is a process and finding your purpose, I believe, is the most important process. There is where vision leads you to and through your path. Vision is not just a one and done deal, it happens in phases. Jonathan Swift said, "Vision is the art of seeing the invisible". Man, does that bring joy to my heart! Just imagine being able to see what others cannot, pursuing a dream that others feel are impossible and even oppose! This idea used to reap fear in my heart and that's because I sowed fear, but now I sow faith and love. Hebrews 11:1 says "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." But, it doesn't stop there. We need to act on our faith, "Show me your faith without your works and I will show you my faith by my works" James 2:18. Faith without putting in the work is dead and the light of your vision will grow dim. So put in the work, continue to believe you are more and never allow your mind to trick you into defeat. Failure is an opportunity to learn, so rise up, find and fulfill your purpose to be better than you were yesterday!

Omar F. - Semper Fi Project