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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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Words Of Motivation: Why We Need To Dream

There are of course two types of dream. The first one includes those we have when we are asleep and the second type are those we have when we are awake and these latter dreams offer us words of motivation to do our best in life.

“To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.”

Anatole France

Everything around us was once a dream. Nothing was ever constructed without being a dream in somebody’s mind first.

The dream of a building gives words of motivation to an architect, Alexander Graham Bell had to dream of the telephone before it was created, Richard Trevithick dreamed of the first railway locomotive before he built it, and even Winston Churchill had a dream of victory in the Second World War. Everything achieved was first a dream. Remember Martin Luther King’s speech? “I have a dream.”

To many seeking words of motivation having dreams sounds very vague and not at all what they wanted. Substitute the word ‘imagination’ for ‘dream.’

To best overcome your fears about the future you need to imagine what life could be like. Athletes dream about what it would be like to cross the finishing line having set a new world record. Virtually every person looking to achieve a goal has to have the dream first and then the goals are set to reach that dream.

What is your dream? What do you want to achieve in life?

Only you know what your dreams are. Only you know what you want in life.

Find your dream and the words of motivation will come to help you achieve that dream.

 

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Words Of Motivation: An Inspiring Video

Inspiration Messages: Shift Happens Video

Following on from the recent article and words of motivation on dealing with the speed of change, I have reproduced the following video which was doing the rounds a few years ago.

Watch it and then reflect that this was produced in 2007. Think how much has changed, and is changing, since then.

There are now 500 million active users of Facebook, with 50% logging on every day. 250 million people active users access Facebook through a mobile phone. If Facebook was a country it would be the third largest behind China and India.

MySpace has 63 million users and Twitter has 200 million. Twitter users send 1 billion Tweets a week.

So what changes are next?

Whatever happens we can all be confident we can handle it.

 

 

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Words Of Motivation: Dealing With The Speed Of Change

The world is changing so fast.

For centuries technology changed very slowly; horses or oxen ploughed fields and travelling to the next town was a great event to the average man. Foreign countries were places of mystery to which only the very rich or the very foolhardy could travel, as the expedition would take years, if the traveller ever came back.

The most effective, indeed the only, means of communication was by post.

Look at the world now. We can travel to the other side of the world in a day. When the Japanese earthquake and tsunami happened in March 2011 it was shown to viewers of BBC news less than an hour later, the Royal Wedding in London the following month was watched by a million people who lined the route, many of them had travelled halfway around the world to be there, 2 billion people saw the event live on television and a further 400 million watched it online.

We can now talk to people anywhere in the world in live conversation and work on computers, which were unimaginable 20 years ago. They were beyond science fiction. This article has been written in the United Kingdom and published in the Philippines a matter of minutes later.

And yet many people are still afraid of change.

The speed of development in the world has meant we are all still largely thinking the same as our ancestors a century ago. Sure, we believe we are embracing change: each new generation seems to embrace advance faster than the last.

But are we the masters of change or are we being controlled by it?

But you may say ‘I am not afraid of change. Look, I have the latest telephone and the latest television. I embrace change.’ But I think one of the signs of a fear of change is the fear of being left behind by change.

Let me put it this way. You have a lovely flash high definition television. Nice. But surely you should have the latest 3D television if you are keeping up with technology? Many people have done this; in the first nine months of sale, two million 3D televisions were sold in North America. Why? Did people really need them?

Then truth is they were afraid of falling behind in the technology race. Change mastered them.

Underlying all this change are values that have never changed. Having respect for other people will always be important. Making the most of ourselves will always be key.  Finding peace in ourselves will never rely on technology. Words of motivation are needed now as much as at any time.

But the fear of change makes us forget important principles in life. Those televisions cost around £1000 a time and, if the technology changes each year, that is an annual cost. And then don’t forget the new computers, computer games and telephones that are needed.

Wit the ease of communication comes marketing. Now it is easier than ever for companies to persuade you that their products are the ones you want. And you buy them even if you do not have the money. Change is mastering you.

And yet we still fear changes to our lives. In the second half of the twentieth century the population of Britain lived in comfort, knowing the state will always support them if things went wrong. Now the money has gone. We all have to change the way we think and listen to the words of motivation. We have to start to rely on ourselves. This has always been true but we lost sight of it.

Now we have to change. But we are afraid.

Over the last few weeks, strikes have been threatened throughout the country because things are changing. Because pay and pensions are being eroded. But the truth is this is just change and I would bet that this is being repeated in different ways around the world.

My words of motivation are these: things are changing faster than ever and yet what has always been important is still there. We are all equal to the challenges ahead if we learn to be the master of them, adapt where necessary and keep to our values and natural laws.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

 

 

 

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Inspiration Messages: Heroes Fight Back

Those who are a success in life will have the ability to fight back. To persist. To find the word of motivation to rise from the ashes and rise again.

Many of the millionaires in the world have had financial problems in the past and indeed many have been bankrupt.

Disaster is nature’s way of determining those who are worthy of achieving their dreams. If things are going really bad for you see it not as the end but a test.

The worst things get, the closer you are to success.

Those should be words of inspiration and strength for you. Ordinary people would turn back, extraordinary people fight through.

This is true wherever in the world you are. Watch the video from India below and then welcome the challenges.

Pray for setbacks.

 

 

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Word Of Motivation: Fear Has Its Place

Quite rightly we realize that we have to overcome fear in order to put our lives in order. We look for some word of motivation that will turn fear into courage and help us drive on to find our dreams.

But, as with so many things in life, this negative aspect does have its place. We just have to understand at what point fear becomes a liability to us.

Fear is there to warn us of danger. It tells us to be wary of something that may be a threat. It has connections to our unconscious selves and intuition. If we feel fear, we should register it and try to understand what message we are receiving. We can detect something wrong even before we can see it.

Children and dogs sometimes instinctively fear someone or something and this warns them to stay clear. That is a very useful talent to have.

Fear is simply another message we are receiving about a situation. We should attend to it but not make it our master.

We also need fear to create courage. To have courage we must have fear. They are simply two opposites.

Some people find the word fear as a word of motivation. A fear of loss or rejection may motivate us to ensure that situation does not happen. Sports stars often use fear as a spur to do better. The fear of failure can drive us on to achieve more.

Ron Dennis, the Chairman of the McLaren Formula One team hates to fail:

“The gratification of success is easily matched by the pain of failure. Whilst you would initially think that the biggest driver is the search for the rush of success, it doesn’t drive you as much as the pain of failure. I feel psychological pain in failure, and it’s a great motivator.”

(From Mind Games by Jeff Grout and Sarah Perrin)

Equally Dame Ellen MacArthur says one of her big motivators on ocean-going yacht races is the fear of letting down her team at home.

So we need to use fear as a word of motivation. We should never let it dominate us; if there is a positive to be gained from fear we should take it. Then we turn our back on fear and drive forward.

 

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InspirationMessages: What Is Hypnosis?

 

When you think about it, all the inspiration messages available on this website and on other sites are attempting to programme you to change your life for the better.

Later on in our journey on InspirationMessages.com we will be talking about such techniques as affirmations and visualisation to further help you change your attitude to life. One of the feelings we will work to overcome is fear.

Paul McKenna is one of the world’s greatest hypnotists and is also a self-help author too. You will have noticed him featuring in the Daily Quotations.

Now if you are like I was, you are probably saying that hypnosis is all a load of claptrap and Paul McKenna is simply an entertainer. I have no doubt there are some charlatans out there but, if you think about it, hypnosis is simply an extreme version of what we are doing on InspirationMessages.com.

The fact that Paul McKenna is a hypnotist and a self-help author is no coincidence.

A good hypnotist simply tries to change the way you think about something by working through the subconscious. This is exactly what we are doing on this site, albeit through a slower method. What is the difference between Paul McKenna saying ‘You can do it’ and an affirmation on this site saying ‘You can do it?’

In reality someone like Paul McKenna is good news. Sometimes all the positive thinking in the world will not change a destructive attitude so using a good hypnotist might make a big difference.

See what happened when Paul McKenna treated Ellen Degeneres on her television show in this video clip.

So understand all we are doing is attempting to access your unconscious through inspiration messages and motivating quotes in order to help you find the life you want. Not much different to hypnosis then.

Visit Paul McKenna on his website here.

 

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