Category Archives: Motivation

3 Life Lessons from the Olympics

Olympic life lessons

 

Every four years the world’s largest sports event is held, bringing with it amazing spectacles and displays of athletic feats and achievements. Yet behind each of those awe-inspiring Olympic triumphs are inspirational stories that are engraved with qualities and traits we all aspire to attain.

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Beat Your Own Record And Dream Greater Dreams

The Olympics continue to bring its seasonal inspirations day after day. From stories of suffering refugees finally seeing their dreams come to life on the world stage to athletes breaking world records, and records they’ve achieved themselves before.

And seeing pro athletes break records they set themselves is an inspiration in and of itself.

What better achievement is there to achieve something and outdo it again, and again, and again? Read the rest of this entry

If you’re bored, here’s one thing to do about it

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Life has its ups and downs, and I’m not just talking about the emotional roller coaster we all go through. I’m talking about the ups and downs of enthusiasm, energy, and eagerness to do something.

One possible reason behind your boredom is the plateau your standing on and feeling quite satisfied with at the moment. And the monotonous feeling that long plateau you’ve been walking on has produced. The same job. The same career. The same routine. The same . . . everything?

No, don’t quit your job in search of something new, nor change your career to make like seem more drastic.

On the contrary, stick to your current job if it is crucial for your career. And, if your career is what you’ve dreamed of, keep working for it. But do something different with your job, or with your life outside of work. Something worthwhile. Something that will truly bring you great benefit.

Try to change your approach to something at work. Or try a different voice or style, if your job involves creativity. Or try to work on a more challenging project (if possible, of course.)

Take on a new hobby, or try a do-it-yourself project after work.

Are you a regular at one café or deli? Try a different one. Meet new faces. Discover new stories.

Whatever you decide to fiddle your mind with, do something different, something you haven’t done – or something completely outside of your routine – to ignite a fun spark to your life. And to throw that boredom out the nearest window.

How to Take Flight

We rarely take our talents, skills, and knowledge and push them to our utmost limit. It is human nature that we don’t fulfill our complete potential. Fatigue, distractions, problems, conflicts, and life’s own dramas all try to keep our feet on the ground.

But we all need to take some time, a few minutes or an hour each day or once every few days, to tell ourselves that we are much more capable of achieving greater feats than we are currently achieving now.

Whatever skill-set you currently hold, whatever knowledge you have been blessed with, and whatever tools and materials that are currently at your disposal, there is something you can do now that will take you one step closer to your full potential.

 

Go do it. And take flight.

Common Kestrel

Common Kestrel in Flight (Photo by Zein Designz)

The Predator Mindset

The Predator Mindset

Photo taken by Schuyler Shepherd

On a hunt, a predator’s only focus is its prey. Nothing can steer its focus away from the target. Its life depends on that, and nothing will ever veer its eyesight or attention on anything, except for a larger predator.

Missions and goals in life are our prey; our target. And distractions are like birds fluttering around and pests trying to irritate us.

If you allow yourself to be distracted once, that prey – that goal or mission – can flee several miles away from you. Stay focused.

And should you ever be distracted, get back to tracking that prey down and go get it.

Kites in the Sky

Kites

Kites in the Sky

We all walk around through life with kites strapped to our wrists. Big shiny wonderfully colored and brilliantly designed kites.

These kites are our mood and feelings of self-worth and self-appreciation. And, as kites are, they don’t just take flight on their own.

Yes, wind is needed for them to fly, and they definitely do better when the weather is more pleasant. But the world around us is not the only thing that decides if our kites will fly.

We also have a major impact in how high those kites fly. If the wind isn’t strong enough, run. If the wind is too strong, loosen it up a bit.

Those aspects that we control are our own self-motivation. That inner drive that we find and discover – and rediscover when lost – that pushes us to run and run some more when the weather isn’t enough to push our mood and feeling of self-worth high enough.

So as you wake up this morning, find that drive you need to let your own kite fly high.

The Voices Around Us

We live a life full of voices around us.

No, we live a life full of voices both around us and within us.

And as you move forward towards whatever it is you are reaching out for,

As you take each of those strenuous steps up the challenging steep slopes of that mountain,

There will be those voices that reach out and try to pull you back down.

Not to where you were a few steps ago, but below the surface.

Those voices try to drown you, and keep you isolated from your dreams.

Those voices are not always from your competition.

There will be times – many times – when those voices will be from people who are close to you.

Friends. Family. Colleagues.

And sometimes even your inner voice.

Recognize those voices for what they are.

People who are trying to pull you away from your dreams.

Your hopes.

Your goals.

Your desires.

 

 

Simply smile at those voices.

And persevere.

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