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Inspiration Message: The Paradox Of Success

We all want to lead more fulfilling, interesting and meaningful lives. What this really means is different for every one of us and yet there are inspiration messages that apply to all of us.

I believe that success is not success without treating other people correctly. This may not come as surprise as I have said this elsewhere on this site but my next words of motivation might: you need to be selfish too.

‘Hold on,’ you say, ‘how can you say you need to do right by other people AND say you need to be selfish?’ This is the paradox of success.

I regularly come across people who believe the inspiration message ‘You have to look after number one’ or ‘Look after yourself and forget the others’ but those people have rarely achieved anything or, if they have, it is hollow success (which I would hardly consider success at all). I tend to see this as the ‘Losers Creed’ and yet there is a grain of truth in it.

The reality is there is a time to be selfish and a time to look out for others. The key is to know when those times are. A popular example is the use of oxygen masks on an airplane. Listen to the instructions you are given before undertaking a flight. They invariably tell you to, in an emergency, put on your own mask before helping the person next to you to do so. And this is my inspiration message too: you cannot help somebody else if you are in a weak position too.

The time to be selfish is when you are identifying your dreams and understanding what you need to do to put yourself in a strong position. I once researched the idea of making a career in counselling. As part of this, I visited a gentleman who was a guru in this field, having just retired from a senior position at Cambridge University. One of the inspiration messages I remember him telling me was that all counsellors need to take time out to be counselled themselves in order to serve their clients effectively.

Here are some more words of motivation: we need to make the best of ourselves in order to be able to give to other people. The most basic version of this is we need money to give money to the poor but it goes beyond that. We also need to be strong in order to emotionally support others.

Of course we cannot expect to help everyone in the world but we can certainly help those with which we have contact. Obviously these include our own family and friends but I would also argue it involves strangers with whom we come into contact, no matter how briefly. Just a cheery greeting can change someone’s day.

There is a second paradox here too. If you take the time to pass on some positive words of motivation to another person, you will find it produces a warm feeling of contentment inside you too. Try it and you will understand. It is a widespread belief too that helping others will attract even more success to you.

The author James Allen wrote these words of motivation, “Let your soul expand, let your heart reach out to others in loving and generous warmth, and great and lasting will be your joy, and all prosperity will come to you.”

The truth is, as John Donne wrote, no man is an island and we need to ensure our contact with others is positive every time.

So a good inspiration message is we need to make the best of ourselves as often as we need in order to serve those who need us to be strong. Then when we do deal with other people we need to ensure as many as possible benefit from the experience. It can be a difficult balance but getting it right means success will be all the sweeter.

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Words For Motivation: The Olympic Poem

 
 

Any celebration of the Olympic Games provides inspiration messages for those keen to find them and the 2012 London Olympic Games were no exception.

There were many, many stories of overcoming the odds to achieve great things – and the inspiration messages were not reserved only for the winners of gold medals. There were great stories to be found among the other medal winners and also those who did not get a medal and yet gained so much. Their stories will be told over the coming weeks and months.

But the London Olympic Games involved contribution from more than just the athletes and the charismatic Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, commissioned a competition among local school children to write a poem that summed up the words of motivation the Games represented.

The winning verses of encouragement were written by 15-year-old Fope Jegede and were put to music by the BBC and shown during their coverage of the closing ceremony.

The resulting video is shown below.

 

THE CHAMPIONS STORY
 
She was a little girl with a dream
Watching champions on the TV screen…
The race of their lives, they’d run
The gold medal desired to be won
You Olympians with your glory and might
Did you know you inspired a girl tonight?
She was then a teenager with a dream
Aspiring to be a champion on that TV screen…
Ambition engraved in her heart
From the running tracks she’d never depart
Growing in speed, strength, determination
Until the day she’d represent her nation
You judges who chose her, this day you’ll never rue
Did you know you’ve just made her dreams come true?
She is now a woman who’s living her dream
She’s the champion on the TV screen…
Head high, face glowing in pride
This moment will never leave her side
The honour, respect, and glory
Never thought she’d tell such a story
You in the crowd, amazed at her win
Today is the day your story begins.

By Fope Jegede, aged 15

This video and its words of motivation can also be seen on the BBC website.

 
 

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Inspiration Messages: Be Reliable

Continuing the short series on values and words of motivation that should help you become the person you want to be, I think life would be that much more sweet if we each gained a reputation for dependability.

If you know other people see you are reliable and dependable, your self-image will receive a massive boost – more perhaps than many words of motivation. Those close to you will feel more positive towards you and this, in turn, will help you feel more positive about yourself.

Let me explain: I am sure you have found yourself in the situation where you are organising an event, perhaps a social gathering. You invite people to come along and many say they will be there. Come the day however and only a few actually turn up. How do you feel? Disappointed? Of course you do. You would feel that these people who did not turn up were saying that you were not important enough for them to commit to your event.

Being unreliable in this way is a great way to offend others.

Punctuality has often been a challenge for me in the past and yet this also can cause offence and the self-image of both parties. If you arrive bang on the time you said you would this is an unspoken compliment to the person waiting for you.

This is particularly true in business. Several times trades people have told me they would turn up at a certain time to do some work and they are substantially late; the chances of my using their expertise in the future is reduced considerably.

If others know you can be relied upon to keep your word and deliver your promises, and more, then your relationships will be stronger and those around you will provide words of motivation that will be invaluable for your self-development.

One of the greatest compliments I have ever received was when a friend told me I was ‘a rock’ and could always be depended upon. Try becoming dependable and you will be amazed at the inspirational messages it will bring.

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Motivation Word: Loyalty

Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have.”


Ernie Banks
 

One word that I see as one of the great words of inspiration and strength is loyalty.

Success in my mind is about living the life you want for yourself and yet this is a long way from the idea of ‘looking after number one’ or looking after yourself to the detriment of everyone around you. I believe that true success is about finding and working towards your dreams but my favourite inspirational messages include doing right by those around you.

One value I want to build into those dreams is loyalty. Can I really feel good about myself if I have let down other people?

Your dreams may include improved relationships with your closest family and friends. Other people respond better when you show them a degree of loyalty.

Be loyal enough to your friends and family to take their side in all events and do the right thing by them whenever you can. You always know when you have done your best by other people and this will improve your self-image more than many words of motivation.

If you are not loyal to someone, you will also feel this and it will somehow hold you back from your dreams.

Loyalty is particularly important with a partner who loves you, whether you are married or not. That person should be the centre of your life with no competition. Disloyalty will eat away at you and you can never be the person you want to be.

Winston Churchill was devoted to his wife, Clementine, and to his closest family and friends. One of those friends, Brendan Bracken, said of him “He would go to the stake for a friend.”

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Inspirational Messages: 6 Dream Building Rules

 

There are many inspiration messages that tell us, quite correctly, that we should pursue our dreams to find what we want on life. A dream gives you the direction and the impetus to move on in life. A dream helps you understand where you are heading when things get tough and provide words of motivation when you need support.

But are dreams just wishy-washy ideals that are difficult to obtain?

Your ideals can remain indefinite and vague unless you observe specific guidelines to ensure they represent exactly what it is that you really want in life. Once pinned down, these dreams can truly fire you up and give you all the inspiration messages you need to get things done.

There are six rules that will help you identify the direction your life should take.

 

Rule One: These Are YOUR Dreams And Nobody Else’s.

Allow yourself to be entirely selfish for a moment.

Let other people understand their own dreams. Of course, if you are in a relationship, it will help that you both have complimentary dreams. You should however have your own dreams and then discuss with your partner what your shared dreams are.

Let me just say here that negative dreams will not give you any words of motivation. Morals and ethics should be observed so a dream to murder or defraud another person would be inappropriate here. It does seem that we would not get the same satisfaction out of dreams that diminish another person.

You may have a dream to eradicate a group of politicians, for example, but (much as I may have some sympathy for this!) I would not encourage this.

It never seems to work to set your dreams according to another person’s ideas. For a long time I have used words of motivation to encourage myself to have dreams of lying on an exotic beach somewhere or perhaps on a cruise ship simply because this was expected of me. The truth is, however, that this is not what I want.

Yes, I would like to travel but not in this way. These are not my dreams, sorry.

But don’t listen to me – if your dream includes a beach or cruising holiday, write it down. If this gives you words of motivation, that’s fine. It’s your dream, not mine.

 

Rule Two: Dream Freely

Now we need to remove the restrictions you might have on your own dreams. Never think a dream is impossible or silly. If it will motivate you, gives you words of motivation, then it counts.

Who can say if something is unobtainable or frivolous? If you look back in history, you will see people achieving things big and small, no matter what the odds.

A dream only counts if achieving it would make you happy.

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

 

Rule Three: Don’t Worry About How You Will Achieve Your Dream.

Determine your dream, with its own inspirational messages, and you will find the method to attain it will reveal itself.

Jim Rohn in his book ‘Seven Strategies For Wealth And Happiness’ put it this way: “When you know what you want and you want it badly enough, you’ll find a way to get it. The answers, methods and solutions you need to solve the problems along the way will be revealed to you.”

 

Rule Four: Write Them Down.

Sit down somewhere on your own and quietly think about what you want out of life. As the ideas come to you, write them down on a pad of paper.

Once you have committed one dream to paper, you can release it and free your mind to consider the next idea. In this way you capture your dreams so you can reflect on them later.

In truth your life depends on these ideas and it would be disastrous to have them and then lose them again. If you are like me, you will have a sudden gush of ideas so writing them down means there is no chance they will be erased.

Don’t worry about a long description – just a word that will remind you will be sufficient. For example, if you dream of a trip to Las Vegas then just the words ‘Las Vegas’ should be words of motivation enough. You can always expand on this later. Try not to stop the flow of ideas.

 

Rule Five: Touch Your Dreams.

Once you have an idea of your dreams, why not get more information on them?

The Internet gives us access to great information on everything so we can discover details about our dreams that will help us see the dreams very clearly indeed. Such clarity makes the dream seem more real and this will help us achieve it. You will get so many inspiration messages from this.

But don’t stop there. As you travel around, why not go to places where you can get more information or even touch your dream?

Test drive the car, get the brochures, visit the house or do anything that will make your dream more real.  Don’t worry about doing this, as you will find salesmen are delighted to take questions from someone who is enthusiastic about their product – your dream. Make it fun. And it is in their interest to give you words of motivation to achieve your dream!

I have always wanted to own a TVR sports car and I have driven a few. On one occasion I was in a showroom talking to the salesman when he said, ‘It’s a nice day – do you fancy a test drive?’ We had a great drive around the countryside in the car of my dreams and I got loads of inspiration messages.

Even that manufacturer of multi-million-dollar powerboats, Sunseeker, were delighted to give me some brochures. The salesman there told me they had often sold boats to people who had initially just popped in and picked up a brochure.

 

Rule Six: Dream Big

A big dream will give you more inspiration messages. It will pull you towards it with greater power.

Dream as big as you like. No restrictions.

In the book ‘The Magic Of Thinking Big’ (See? Even the title says it), David J. Schwartz wrote: “So far as success is concerned, people are not measured in inches, or pounds, or academic degrees, or family background; they are measured by the size of their thinking. How big we think determines the size of our accomplishments.”

It is good to have small dreams too. It is always fun to achieve these on the way to get your larger goals so it is wise to have a mix of both.

 

No matter how successful you become in life you will always need new dreams to provide inspiration messages and propel you forward.

You will find dreams provide the impetus and fuel to create a fulfilling life. Follow these six rules and as long as you find new dreams to pursue you will have the success you desire.

 

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Inspiration Messages: Keeping The Dream Alive

 

Have you got a dream? Is there something you want to do with your life? Good. My words of motivation to you are simply ‘You can achieve it.’ Yes, really.

Ask yourself this question: would you really be happy is you did not achieve that dream? Or would there always be a little part of you that wonders what things might be like if you achieved that dream?

In search of my own inspiration messages I went to the Southampton Boat Show last week. I had a great time looking at boats I cannot afford. This was particularly true when I got to the Sunseeker stand. For those of you who do not know what Sunseeker boats are like, take a look at their website. These yachts are among the ultimate in luxury. One floating by the pontoons at the show was worth a cool £14.7 million and included a fold out balcony from the master bedroom.

After the show I got to thinking. Words of motivation came to me including the thought that these boats are made for people. Sunseeker are not stupid, they wouldn’t make boats that people did not buy.

So who would buy them?

Why not people like you and me?

Why not people who have had a dream to own a boat like that and worked until they could buy one?

Can you really honestly say you can never achieve what you want? I know many will say that but there are many short inspiring stories of people who have achieved what would seem to be impossible goals. But they did it.

Cough. I might also point out that the company Sunseeker International was also started by a man, Robert Braithwaite, who had a dream.

Next year is the London Olympics. How many athletes are looking to win gold medals? Somebody has to win. Could you see yourself as a world-class athlete? Perhaps not, perhaps that is not your dream but whatever you want is no crazier than a child at school wanting to win an Olympic gold medal. What makes you different from those who will win next year?

Here is my word of motivation: nothing. There is nothing different about you compared to the top athletes. They have just held on to a dream and did everything to achieve it.

Find that dream and hold on to it.

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Inspiration Messages: Feel The Material Dreams

Have you ever read words of motivation such as ‘You can have all the money you want’ and felt it sounds tacky? After all, aren’t the best things in life free?

No matter how many inspiration messages I read, I felt the same way. For this reason I found it difficult to set goals except vague ones along the lines of ‘I want to be happy.’ Happiness is great but how would I know if I was ‘nearly happy?’

After much thought I began to understand that the way modern society is set up very little is truly free. The truth is we live in a materialistic society.

Nearly everyone needs money to pay for such things as housing, food, transport and so forth and most work long hours to earn it. The sad fact is we work so many hours earning money that we have little time for those important ‘free’ activities.

My dreams include spending more time with friends and family, having quiet walks in beautiful countryside and making a difference to the lives of other people. To achieve these things, I need to have the problem of money sorted out first.

What do charities continually ask? Have you got some money you can spare? The Salvation Army distributes love and support to many people but always need money to do so.

I was lucky enough to hear words of motivation from a great speaker: the former Vice President of IBM and successful businessman, Bill O’Brien. He put it well: “Money is not important, I just put it up there with oxygen.”

So never feel guilty when your dreams and inspiration messages include the need for more money.

Incidentally, on the subject of money, I tend to disagree with authors whose words of motivation tell us to picture the amount of money we want to earn. I believe it is more important to concentrate on what the money would bring. Think about what you would have, do and become as a result of becoming financially free. Would you prefer to visualize $1 million or the house that could buy?

So don’t get me wrong – the money is not the end. It simply helps us get to the point we want to be. The entertaining speaker and author Pat Mesiti puts it well: “There is something far greater than money – it is purpose.”

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Short Inspiring Stories: Lewis Hamilton’s Drive

 

In December 1995, Ron Dennis, the team principal of the McLaren Formula 1 team, attended the Autosport Awards ceremony. Whilst there, Dennis was approached by a small ten year old boy of mixed race for an autograph. The boy looked at Dennis and announced “Hi. I’m Lewis Hamilton. I won the British Championship and one day I want to be racing your cars.” Dennis smiled and wrote these words of motivation in the autograph book, “Phone me in nine years, we’ll sort something out then.”

Lewis Hamilton was born on 7 January 1985 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. His father, Anthony, was himself born of Grenadian parents who came to England in the 1950s. His mother, Carmen Larbalestier was white British. Lewis (named after sprinter Carl Lewis) was brought up by his mother for ten years after his parents split in 1987 and then by his father and stepmother.

Lewis showed promise in motor sport very early on. His father bought him a radio-controlled car in 1991 and he came second in the BRDA national championship the following year against adult competitors. This success brought Lewis to the notice of the BBC and he was featured on the Blue Peter programme.

Motor racing is an extremely expensive sport but Anthony Hamilton told his son that he would support him as long as Lewis worked hard at school. To keep this promise, Anthony had to take redundancy as an IT manager and become a contractor, often working three jobs at a time to support his son. Eventually this determination led to Anthony setting up his own IT company and becoming manager for and giving words of motivation to Lewis and is now doing the same for the new boy in the Formula 1 world, Paul di Resta.

Lewis did work hard at school but even better at sports. He played cricket for his school and football too. Lewis feels if his racing career had not taken off he might have become a professional footballer. Interestingly he was bullied at school and took up Karate to help overcome this.

At the age of eight, Lewis began karting and began to achieve success in that field. In 1998, after he had won his second British karting championship, the telephone rang and it was Ron Dennis delivering on his promise early. Lewis was signed to the McLaren driver development programme, which included the option of a Formula 1 drive in the future.

In 2001, Michael Schumacher raced Hamilton in karts and was full of praise for his driving style. Shortly after this, Lewis started racing cars in Formula Renault.

After rising up through the formulae, Lewis Hamilton finally got his drive in a Formula 1 car in 2007 and celebrated with a third place in his first race. He went on to be the youngest driver to lead the world championship. In 2008 he went on to become the youngest world champion.

Lewis is very much determined to win, despite controversy along the way. In Spain in 2008 he was racially abused by spectators and recently his sometimes aggressive driving style has lead him to incur penalties from race stewards. He reflected after on race that he had “a platinum membership card” to the stewards’ office. One other driver has also been criticized for aggression in the recent past and that was seven times world champion Michael Schumacher.

Interestingly, Nicolas Hamilton, Lewis’ half-brother has cerebral palsy but has just started a racing career himself in the Renault Clio Cup. He is often to be seen with his father cheering Lewis on at Formula 1 races and was recently filmed at the 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix glaring as Lewis served a drive-through penalty.

Lewis Hamilton has both entertained and thrilled Formula 1 fans with his determination and his humanity. Presently teamed up with Former champion Jensen Button at McLaren, the two of them have always shown a sense of humour off the racetrack but a will to win on track.

To watch Lewis Hamilton drive is to think how lucky he is to have the career he has but, as is so often the case, this ignores the perseverance and sacrifices made by both father and son to get him to this point.

Lewis Hamilton has a lot of inspiration messages to give us.

Click here to watch a fascinating 2007 BBC documentary on the career of Lewis Hamilton.

 

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Inspiration Messages: A Lost Generation

 

 

As I write this post, there are disruptions in English cities with rioting, arson and looting. Many local residents feel trapped in their own homes and under threat. The majority of the public are understandably asking for the police to act forcefully and combat the criminal element organizing the events.

The organizers, the ringleaders have something to draw upon that we should address. Most of those involved lack the inspiration messages that would give them direction in life. I am told this was the problem in the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008 – terrorist leaders manipulated a group of directionless young people.

Marilyn Devonish, herself a life coach and therapist who has worked with gang members in London, commented on the recent rioting in this way: “Imagine if the looters put the same gusto, motivation and ability to get organized and take action in their daily lives or building their community? The world would be a very different place.”

She is quite right. There are many stories of lost lives involving young people who have simply lost their dreams and hope but there are also stories of people who have broken free of deprivation to achieve a fulfilling life.

Perhaps we all need to come down hard on those malefactors who lead the leaderless into destructive situations but, at the same time, help those who have no direction to find their way to helping the community rather than finding thrown destruction in violence, drink and drugs.

We all need the inspiration messages to help us dream and follow those dreams but these rioters need hope more than most.

As Viktor Frankl observed:  “What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.”

How true.

 

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Words Of Motivation: Everybody Has Dreams

At the start of the movie ‘Pretty Woman’ a man crosses the street shouting, ‘What is your dream? What is your dream? This is Hollywood, everyone has a dream.’ But it is not just in Hollywood; I believe everyone everywhere has a dream.

These are not just words of motivation; it is true, everyone has a dream, something they would like to happen to improve their life, something that would give them fulfillment. Previous experience has shown me that we all need a purpose to live, a desire, and a hunger to move on. The stronger the dream, the more motivation we have to have to overcome any remaining fears we may have.

You may be reading this and thinking ‘I don’t need all this wishy-washy pointless dreams rubbish. I need words of motivation that will help me overcome my problems.’ I know you are saying this because I have said it too.

Think of this. Walk into the bedroom of any child and you will see posters. What posters did you have on your wall? Were they of things you dreamed of having or of how you would like to be? These were your dreams. Where are they now?

Perhaps you have achieved your dreams and I am pleased that is the case but what do you want to achieve now? Dreams give us purpose, a direction in which to move. Where do you want to go now?

As Margaret Deland said in 2002, “One must desire something to be alive.” That is your dream.

Dreams are all around us: every parent dreams of their child growing up and making the most of his or her life. Everything we see was once a dream for someone.  Every book was a dream, all the buildings were a dream, the many dating websites and advertisements indicate all those people who dream of finding a soul mate, statistics show that the majority of workers dream of finding freedom, perhaps lying on a beach somewhere, and every athlete dreams of becoming world champion or winning the Olympics. It may be unfashionable to talk about dreams but that doesn’t stop them from being all around us.

Accept it: to discover the life that will give you the most fulfillment and pleasure, you need to chase your dreams.

I remember attending a business conference a few years ago and it soon became clear to me that those who were speaking the most words of motivation were all of an immigrant background. They were clearly the most inspired people there. Why?

My belief is that it is all down to hunger: a hunger to do better. Britain in particular is lucky to have a welfare state, which will help you out if you have no other way of making money. This is wonderful if you fall on hard times but unfortunately it has a negative effect in that some families have found they are financially better off receiving government payments than working. This has lead to a socialist culture where innovation and wealth has been discouraged and risk and individual decision-making frowned upon. I believe this has left us exposed to the recession we now experience.

The answer is to encourage people to find what they want: to find their dreams.

The Australian singer, author and popular speaker Wes Beavis puts it well: “Somehow, and perhaps mysteriously, dreaming is the first step to releasing reality from the realm of potential. It can unlock desire that has been lying dormant. This dream induced desire can then set you on a course to becoming what you dream of being.”

Open yourself up to your dreams for the future and perhaps you will find the words of motivation to make those dreams a reality. If you ignore them the chance to do better will probably never come.

 

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