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Words Of Motivation From Will Smith (Video)

The actor Will Smith is always happy to share his words of inspiration and strength so let’s hear a few.

 
 


 

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Short Inspiring Stories: Ernestine Shepherd

Now I can’t say I am a great fan of bodybuilding (take a look at my physique and you will know) but a short inspiring story caught my eye the other day.

Having written about the fear of old age recently the story was particularly apt.

Ernestine Shepherd is a dedicated female body builder. She wakes up at three every morning to go for a 10 mile run before starting a strict weights routine. She is a certified personal trainer and a part-time model too.

So what? You may ask. Mrs Shepherd is 74 years old and only started training at the age of 56. At that time she was overweight and had no previous interest in fitness at all. Her sister and she decided to get fit but then the sister sadly died. Ernestine decided to continue the fitness regime as she knew that was what her sister would have wanted.

She runs marathons and has had no aches or pains since she started working out. She has a permanently positive attitude and supports Michelle Obama in campaigning to overcome the obesity problem in the USA.

Inspired by this short inspiring story? Then visit Ernestine’s website here.

Watch a video about Ernestine here.

 

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Words Of Motivation: Fearing Ill Health, Old Age And Death

The more significant fears we have during our lives concern major changes over which we feel we have no control and no words of motivation can counter this: or so many of us think. We therefore fear falling ill or growing old or even death.

In many ways these are all related to each other but we will deal with them separately.

Fear Of Ill Health

Napoleon Hill in his great book, ‘Think And Grow Rich,’ states that he believed more than three quarters of those visiting doctors suffer from hypochondria or imaginary illness.

The fear of falling ill can actually replicate the symptoms of that illness and indeed in extreme cases can actually create the illness. The mind is stronger than many people realize and can work for positive or negative. As Hill wrote, “Powerful and mighty is the human mind! It builds or it destroys.”

“There is overwhelming evidence that disease sometimes begins in the form of negative thought impulse. Such an impulse may be passed from one mind to another by suggestion, or created by an individual in his own mind.”

Sadly this fear has been encouraged by suppliers of drugs and medicines in an attempt to boost sales of their products.  Advertisements often suggest you might have a certain condition and a particular brand of medicine will help you.

In the same way that words of motivation can help you improve your life, words can also be used to make you feel things are not going well.

Those who suffer from a fear of illness will try all the fad diets and remedies around and, not surprisingly, are unlikely to find any work. They will talk about and concentrate on an illness until it appears and then they will react with ‘I told you so.’ Indeed there is some evidence to suggest worry about illness can affect the immune system.

Victims will look for attention and sympathy and will suffer from a lack of ambition and will be lazy. Ironically they will avoid having an active and healthy outdoor life.

As with so many fears, sufferers may well turn to alcohol and narcotics to disguise their symptoms.

The Fear Of Old Age

Of course a fear of illnesses related to old age is part of this fear but so also is a worry about a perceived loss of abilities and functions (including sexual).  Equally there is a fear of a loss of independence and freedom and of poverty.

The fear of poverty in old age relates not only to an inadequate pension provision but also in terms of medical bills and care costs. There is also the worry that others might move in and take advantage of the situation.

The media also promotes this fear. Television programmes and films always portray older people as inadequate and useless when this does not have to be the case at all.  I was delighted to see the movie ‘Harry Brown’ showing a retired man fighting back, for example.

Even the traditional image of wisdom and intelligence in old age is being eroded, replaced instead by the view that people of a certain age are doddery and incapable. Not surprisingly this enables companies promoting mobility aids, pensions, drugs and medicines to sell more products.

No wonder more and more people fear their old age.

This results in many suffering a premature slowdown with a feeling that the age of 40 is the beginning of the end. Words of motivation tell us that with a growing older population this certainly is not true at all. Yet too many start apologizing for being ‘old’ and feel inferior.

After a certain age too many people feel unable to show imagination and self-reliance.

Others go too far the other way and start to masquerade as a younger person with dyed hair, inappropriate dress and riding powerful motorcycles. In reality this simply inspires ridicule.

The Fear Of Death

This fear comes from an ignorance of what happens after we die. In previous years this was dealt with by words of motivation from various religions generally putting a positive slant on the process (reincarnation or ascending into heaven). However some leaders did use the situation to their advantage by taking the opposite viewpoint, threatening terrible consequences if people did not follow their instructions.

Somewhere in our subconscious is a fear of fire and brimstone.

Regrettably the ignorance about death has also been used by extremist leaders to offer eternal glory to suicide bombers for example.

I suspect the fear of death has something to do with guilt at not having lead a fulfilling life. Certainly the fear can lead people to worry instead of making the most of their lives. This can be the result of not having a purpose or some meaningful activity.

Once again a fear of poverty is true but this time for the loved ones who are left.


 

Conclusion

Sadly all these fears are based on erroneous information and the stereotypes offered by the media. Such images should not be accepted and should be replaced by words of motivation that give you an understanding that you are as well or unwell as you want to be.

Recently I watched my 99-year-old neighbour climb a ladder to clean his windows. Clearly nobody has told him he is not able to do so.

 

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Inspiration messages: Bob Proctor On Fear

One of the best teachers of inspiration messages alive today is Bob Proctor.

In the short video below he gives his opinion on fear and gives you some inspiration messages on how to deal with it.

Once you have watched the video you might like to visit Bob on his site the11forgottenlaws.com to see how he can help you take the principles from The Secret to a new level.

 

 

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Words Of Motivation: Free Youth, Free Running

Many adults fear the ‘younger generation’ will let us down.

I can give you words of motivation that say no they won’t.

Why? Watch this video below.

In France, in the United Kingdom and increasingly around the world, young people are giving themselves words of motivation and are getting involved in what at first seems a crazy sport…

Parkour or Free Running.

Teenagers and young adults are pushing themselves to become awesomely fit so they can undertake the most astonishing street gymnastics in safety.

No matter how many rules and regulations there are, those who excel at Parkour do so entirely with their own words of motivation. The sport blossoms because it is free of rules and restrictions.

This is what youth can do without interference.

Believe in them and the world will be safe.

 

 

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Word Of Motivation: Restrictive Labeling

 

My garden is quite small but mature. I have decided to make it a wildlife garden (that is another way to say I do no gardening) and now birds fill it during the day and at night it is owned by hedgehogs.

One of the birds is a majestic sparrow hawk. He is the scourge of the smaller birds as every now and again he plunges into the garden and grabs and kills another bird. That is what he is meant to do. That is his role in life. He is a sparrow hawk and kills birds; he will never become a vegetarian.

Here are some words of motivation for you: humans are not sparrow hawks. We can choose our way in life. Yes we can.

And yet most people accept labels. I wish I had money for every time someone has said to me, ‘I can’t do that because I am…’ It is almost pandemic. Perhaps it is a product of a world that needs to label people to produce statistics or perhaps it is a result of the accessibility of mass media, but whatever the cause, we are placed into prisons of labeling.

No matter what words of motivation we hear there is always some propaganda that tells us why we are unable to fulfill our potential.

In Britain one of the most restrictive labels I hear increasingly is based on class. ‘I am working class’ or ‘I am middle class’ as if that somehow defines who we are. If somebody can tell me where to go to find out which class I belong to I would be grateful. I don’t see myself as in one class or another. I am me.

Many countries of the world now, including Britain, operate a meritocracy. In other words, if you are prepared to make the effort you are able to reach any level in society you desire. Really. Now these are not simply words of motivation, this is reality.

Other people label themselves in ways that seem like a comfort zone to them. There are many examples; perhaps they feel they can’t get a job because they didn’t go to college or they can’t drive on a motorway because they do not know how or it frightens them.  They can’t do this because they are a man or a woman; they are too tall, too short, too fat, too thin, too young, too old, too ugly, too beautiful.
 

Why should these things hold them back from achieving their dreams?

There are always methods to change the situation and frequently what seemed a barrier before just evaporates in the face of determined action.

Oh, sure there are always going to be people who will agree with you and say your label is a valid reason to restrict your prospects. And then there is Lacey Henderson, Or Nick Vujicic. Or David.

Lacey Henderson is a young college student in Denver, Colorado who lost her leg at the age of nine and yet is more active and enjoys life more than most others of her age. She describes herself as not disabled but “differently abled.”

Then there is Nick Vujicic. Nick is an Australian public speaker, spreading words of motivation to millions of people during his entertaining talks. So what? Nick has no arms and no legs and yet he loves and enjoys life to the full. See a video on Nick and his words of motivation here.

David (not his real name) was a young Scout when I was involved in the movement as an instructor. He joined in all the activities, including long hikes at night and through muddy and rocky terrain. He would get upset if he didn’t get involved in everything that went on. Yet David was a paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair. To go hiking we would tie ropes to the front and back of his wheelchair and drag him through everything.

Today David is a successful computer programmer.

Contrast Peter with David. Peter lived the other side of the road to David and he had a clubfoot. Peter could not get involved in any physical activities as he was ‘disabled.’

A while ago I was told someone could not have a long-lasting relationship because she ‘builds walls around her emotions.’ Now I am never going to be so crass as to be anything but sympathetic and it is not always easy to break free of our labels even using words of motivation others (like me) might dispense but I was so tempted to say ‘well, don’t – it is entirely up to you.’

It is. It is entirely our choice. We build the fences around us. We accept the labels people give us.

I have a bad back. Big deal. A few years ago a medical professional suggested I should be registered disabled and I considered the idea. But something inside me said ‘cobblers, I am not disabled and I will not be unless I decide to be.’ So I kept away from the idea and today I feel as fit as anybody.

So it is your decision. What label do you want? I know a few labels I do want; I want labels like ‘successful,’ ‘loves life’ and ‘pushes boundaries.’ Now those are some words of motivation I like.

What about you?

 

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Words Of Motivation: Leave Your Fears Behind

We all need some words of motivation on occasions as we all have fears of one sort or another to overcome.

Whether we are afraid of criticism, of failure, of success or indeed any change in life we feel we can’t handle, the fears are there. And yet the truth is, as with any aspect of the Law Of Attraction, the more we think about our fears, the more we attract them.

As James Allen wrote: “The soul attracts that which it secretly harbours; that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its unchastened desires – and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.”

Sure, read about fear (including in this blog – please!) and understand what you are afraid of but also understand what you can do to overcome that fear – and do it!

I hope we are all here to make the best of ourselves, using words of motivation or whatever it takes, so we need to understand the problem and move on. It is not right to dwell on what is wrong in our lives or we will never move away from the present situation.

So think about fears for just as long as you need to, defeat them and move on.

Winston Churchill said, “If you are going through hell, don’t stop, keep going!”

Find the words of motivation to overcome your fears and leave them behind.

 

 

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Inspiration Messages And The Fear Of Criticism

It was recently reported that a columnist writing for the Daily Telegraph had closed his online blog following excessive criticism in comments to that blog.

With the availability of mass media such as the Internet, individuals can make their opinions and criticisms available to a wide audience. This is further exacerbated by the fact that the use of nom de plumes ensures the critic frequently remains anonymous.

Writing in 1937, Napoleon Hill observed, “Criticism is the one form of service of which everyone has too much. Everyone has a stock of it which is handed out, gratis, whether called for or not.”

I believe the free availability of opinions has made the fear of criticism a major problem in modern society. Individuals are less likely to go their own way for fear of the criticism that will almost inevitably follow.

In his classic book, ‘Think And Grow Rich,’ Napoleon Hill discusses the fear of criticism. “The fear of criticism robs man of his initiative, destroys his power of imagination, limits his individuality, takes away his self-reliance, and does him damage in a hundred other ways.”

My knowledge of lobster or crab fishing is woefully inadequate but I have heard an analogy made with the way these crustacea are caught. The baskets used work primarily because any lobster or crab trying to escape is pulled back in by his fellow captives.  Regrettably human beings are much the same.

If one person tries to be successful others will try to pull him or her back through various forms of criticism.

The Symptoms

Included in this fear are the fears of public speaking and stage fright.

This fear has definite effects and symptoms the most obvious of which must be nervousness and timidity. Sufferers are self-conscious and hesitant in meeting and holding conversations with strangers. Their body language is nervous and restrained.

Perhaps not surprisingly the fear of criticism also shows as an inability to make firm decisions or express definite opinions. It creates laziness, procrastination, giving too much weight to the opinions of others and no firmness of purpose.

The most interesting features of the fear however arise from a raging inferiority complex. This involves overcompensating in ways such as using long words (often without knowing the meaning), appearing as if superior to others, overspending and boasting of imaginary achievements. Even imitating and copying the dress of others is a sure indicator.

Conclusion

Now you can see how many people struggle with this fear.

The answer is to understand that you are capable of achieving anything you really determine to pursue. Understand that your critics are saying more about their own insecurities than about you.

Listen to all the words of motivation that tell you you can do it because, quite frankly, you can.



 

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Change Your Words, Change Your Life

Turn Your Words Of Motivation Into Action

Pretty Girl Made Up As A Haughty Queen Of Hearts

 

Have you ever come across someone who says one thing and does another? I think we all have at some time.

This is the curse of people who supposedly follow inspiration messages and yet never improve their lives.

I have known of many people who read books on self-improvement and go to seminars and perhaps listen to talks from top speakers in the field; in fact, they spend a fortune (and it is easy to do) to find success and yet it never quite happens.

Frankly, this has also applied to me.

This problem seems to be particularly apparent in America. I suspect that might be the case because the self-improvement industry is particularly big there. I know of one person who day after day publishes positive messages on Facebook such as “Give somebody a smile today” and “Remember what a great person you are” but then posts messages like “Pray for me today as I am in pain.” I won’t embarrass her by naming her, but I do know her life is not at all what could be termed positive or successful, no matter your definitions of those words.

So why do the principles taught fail so often?

One reason could be that the way the information is communicated is not effective. I personally find that high energy; hugely enthusiastic presentations leave me cold.

But I think there is something else.

Too many people hear the lessons taught and treat the words as a mantra. They recite the ideas ad nauseum but forget the most important principle: actions speak louder than words.

Inspiration messages only work if you put them into action.

Andrew Carnegie said: “As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”

The seventeenth century philosopher John Locke said it perfectly: “I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”

And that is the point. Of course saying the right things is important but it is your thoughts that are key and your thoughts influence your actions. It is not just a dogma you want but to really feel the principles and to put them into action.

James Allen: “Every thought-seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own, blossoming sooner or later into act. Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit.”

Attractive Girl Wearing Clown Makeup

So how does this translate into daily life?

An easy example is how you treat other people during the day.

Do you really sincerely smile or do you force a smile because you think you need to do it? Do you say an insincere ‘How are you?’ or ‘Have a nice day?’

Take the attention away from you and take a real interest in other people. They are interesting, they really are. Think about the impact you are having on their lives. Don’t ask them how they are, find something to talk about such as the weather or anything you can see about them that can start a short conversation: again, be interested in them. Say something silly.

Today, for example, I had a delivery of one hundred rolls of toilet paper (I buy in bulk!). I smiled at the delivery driver and said hello and remarked how good the weather is today. He smiled back and remarked on the toilet paper and we had a great conversation about how I really should give up eating curries.

How do you leave people? I have developed a phrase I find works. I simply say ‘See you soon.’ That short phrase indicates I have enjoyed the conversation and cannot wait to see them again. It works especially well in shops.

One of the most neglected truths in life is we influence everyone we meet: to me, that gives us a great responsibility.

I had a discussion with another lady a while ago in which she related a long bout of depression she had suffered. She proudly told me she had recovered all on her own with no help from anybody. While I was loathed to put her right, I did ask her if she was certain she had had no influence from anyone. To have had no influence at all she would have not met any other human being at all, including family, friends and work colleagues.

The truth is we influence everyone we meet, even if it by saying hello. Your cheerful greeting really could change the life of another person. What you say and how you say it could be words of motivation to somebody. This is particularly true in your interactions with those close to you.

So there you have it: words do have a place in our lives but it is our actions that determine whether we make a success of our time on this earth. Our thoughts and actions are interlinked. Have good thoughts and your actions will be good. Good actions will increase the flow of good thoughts.

Make your actions speak so loud that your words are irrelevant.

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