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Inspiration Messages From Aung San Suu Kyi

 
 

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Talking To British Government Ministers

 
It sometimes seems that figures from the past offer the most effective words for motivation but there are many people alive today whose stories provide inspiration messages for all of us.

During the 1970’s a young mother was listening to the radio in her home in Oxfordshire with her young son. Together they listened to the BBC programme ‘Desert Island Discs.’ On this programme, well-known people are interviewed and asked what items they consider so valuable that they would them amongst the few possessions they could take to a desert island. Primary among these items are pieces of music they hold dear.

The son turned to his mother and asked if she thought she would ever be invited to speak on the programme. She answered “Why not?” The little boy was curious why his mother might be included. “I considered this for a moment and then answered: ‘Perhaps because I’d have won the Nobel Prize for literature,” and we both laughed. The prospect seemed pleasant but hardly probable.”

This story was recounted by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese campaigner for democracy, during her speech made in Oslo on 16 June 2012 to accept the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to her in 1991. It provides words of motivation for all of us.

Suu Kyi was born on 19 June 1945 in Rangoon, now known as Yangon. She was born into Burmese politics as her father, Aung San, oversaw the countries independence from Britain in 1947. Sadly he was then assassinated that same year.

She had two brothers, although one was drowned at the age of eight, and she was initially educated in the country of her birth. Her mother became a leading political figure herself and the young Suu Kyi met a wide range of people from different backgrounds and beliefs. Khin Kyi (the mother) became ambassador to India and Suu Kyi went to school and college in New Delhi, emerging with a degree in politics.

Suu Kyi then went to Oxford and gained a further degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics before moving to New York to work at the United Nations.

In 1972, she married Dr. Michael Aris, a leading scholar of eastern culture and they had two sons, Alexander and Kim. The family lived in Oxfordshire and, in 1987, Suu Kyi gained a Masters degree in Burmese literature from the London School of Oriental and African Studies.

Suu Kyi returned to Burma in 1988 to visit her ailing mother but stayed to lead the pro-democracy movement. At the time a dictator, U Ne Win, who slaughtered any opposition to his rule, dominated the country. Suu Kyi began to give words of motivation to democracy and human rights campaigners. Although all protests were entirely non-violent, in 1989 Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest and spent 15 of the next 21 years in detention.

U Ne Win renamed the country the Union of Myanmar in 1989 and told Suu Kyi she would be freed if she agreed to leave the country. She refused saying that she would oppose the government until a democratic regime was in place.
 

Young Burmese Pro Democracy Protestor Holding A Placard

 
In 1990, an election was held and the National League For Democracy won more than 80 percent of the vote. Predictably the government ignored the result, eventually declaring it void.

Suu Kyi was released in 1995, set up an alternative ruling body and was placed under arrest once more in September 2000. In 2003 she was released again until the democracy movement clashed with government supporters and Suu Kyi returned to house arrest.

Sadly Michael Aris only saw his wife five times during her time in Burma and died of cancer in 1999 and her two boys did not see her before 2011, when they were allowed to visit her.

International pressure grew around the time of Aris’ illness and the United Nations and Pope John Paul II put pressure on the Burmese government to allow a visa for him. This came to nothing but with the new century came calls for Suu Kyis release from all around the world.

In 2008 a cyclone hit her house and she lost all electricity, repairs were only planned the following year.

Eventually, in 2010, another election was held but the National League for Democracy was disbanded just before so the ruling junta won the election unopposed. Suu Kyi was finally released six days later. The following year however the NLD reformed and, in the light of increased international pressure, forced a new election, which took place in 2012. Suu Kyi finally won office.

Having won a wide variety of awards, in January 2013, Aung San Suu Kyi finally appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs. Of course she had words of motivation for us all. A committed Buddhist Daw Suu (‘Mother Suu,’ the name the people of Burma have given her) is phlegmatic about her life. “I’m not terrible fond of melodrama,” she said, “When people have chosen a certain path, they should walk it with satisfaction and not try to make it appear as a tremendous sacrifice.”

On her website Aung San Suu Kyi dispenses some essential words of motivation: “It is not enough merely to call for freedom, democracy and human rights. There has to be a united determination to preserve in the struggle, to make sacrifices in the name of enduring truths, to resist the corrupting influences of desire, ill will, ignorance and fear.”

The life of this great heroine should offer all of us inspiration messages to help us understand that we should find a worthwhile cause and pursue it.
 

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

 

 
 

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Motivational Phrases: Making Goals Achievable.

 
 

Road Leading Away Through Scrub Towards A Mountain

 

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
Albert Einstein

There have been many words of motivation spoken and written about how to set goals that work. In previous articles, I have tried to provide inspiration messages that explore the characteristics of successful goal setting using the mnemonic SMART.

The third element (‘A’) represents Achievable: to give yourself a better chance of reaching your goals, they need to be achievable.

To me, this is probably the most difficult part to understand – and therefore the most significant. What dictates when a goal is achievable? There are lots of words of motivation that tell us to aim high but when are we aiming too high to make achievement impossible?

What is realistic?

As I understand it, we need to find goals that have a reasonable chance of being accomplished. The more difficult goals need a bit more time and effort but, in theory, almost anything is possible if we strive hard enough and are single-minded enough.

But no matter how strong the words of motivation you receive, setting an outcome that just seems impossible will be demotivating. Many difficult goals can be achieved but somehow we need to be able to believe in our abilities to get there when times get tough – and they will get hard or the goal is not stretching you enough.

I find the analogy of the horizon useful. Stand in any landscape and you can see a horizon. Aim for the furthest point you can see and walk towards it. As you progress, you will start to see a further horizon, and another, and another, and another. In time you can cover a great distance simply by walking towards the horizon.

Perhaps an inspiration message could come from the world of hiking and exploring and using a compass. Sometimes you might be following a course through wild country and the fog, mist, rain or even snow might come down and obscure the route forward.

In such cases you could stop and wait for the weather to clear but you might also decide to whip out your trusty compass and use that instead. The best way to navigate your route where you can only see a short distance ahead is to use a map to work out the magnetic bearing to your ultimate destination, and set it on your compass. You then aim your compass in the direction you want to go, look for the feature that is at the furthest point you can see on that bearing and walk towards that. Once you get to that point, find the next furthest point in the right direction and continue.

In this way you will reach your destination a stage at a time and so it is with goal setting. You simply need to set a smaller goal that you can see yourself achieving but that will move you closer to your ultimate goal in baby steps. This will give you the inspiration messages you need to get there.
 

Young Woman Aiming A Compass At A Mountain Ridge

 
I might want to build a new conservatory on my house, for example. A contractor has given me an estimate of £16 000 to do the work. There is no way I could afford that now. What I might do however is to set monthly goals: perhaps I could save £1000 the first month, £2000 the next month and so on. In a few months I will have the money I need.

Concentrate on achieving the smaller goals and you will have the inspiration messages you need to easily reach the main target.

Working to achieve the life you want includes several ironies and one is that you may often need to sacrifice the very thing you want to achieve in order to get to where you want to be.

If you want to spend more time with your family, for example, you may have to dedicate less time with them to start with in order to work for your goal. If you want to earn more money, you may need to invest money to get there. It is possible however to be smart in doing this: in the example of spending time with your family, you might include them in your work and make them your biggest providers of inspiration messages.

Working towards a goal is always easier if you are realistic and identify exactly what it is you need to sacrifice in order to seize the final prize.

You need to understand what the price of your goal will be. It may be in the form of money that needs to be spent, a change in habits, less time at home, additional education, or extra effort or time beyond that which you already expend.

Once you have understood the task you face then the task will be less daunting and the words of motivation easier to find. Knowing what you face reduces the mystery of the whole project.

So there you have it: set goals you feel you can achieve, but there are always words of motivation and ways to help make many of the highest goals achievable.
 

“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.”

Dag Hammarskjold

 
 

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Words Of Motivation: Money And Quality Of Life

 
 

Pretty Girl Hiding Behind A Fan Of Money

 
One of the most modern challenges in finding the purpose of your life is to find what really drives you. I think many of us would put earning a large amount of money top of our list of goals and, as I wrote recently, money is a great way to measure success.

Indeed, in another article, I promoted the idea that money can help provide inspiration messages to help us find the life we want. But recent events have shown that we need to strike a balance.

Money is a great way to measure success, let’s get that straight. If you want to move on and want to find the words of motivation to do so, then money is a great gauge. However, money in itself is not to final answer. It is what money gets you that is important.

Particularly in the western world, we need money to survive. Sadly, if you want time with your family, you need to find a way of earning money that will release the time for you to do so. Modern life means we need to pay the bills and few things come really free – but those that are free will be the things that make us happy. We just need to sort out the finances to allow us to enjoy them.

Money is only a means to an end and is only a way to help us get what is important in life.

The problem we now face, particularly in the United Kingdom, is that we are forgetting what really makes us happy and are making a god of money. This is particularly true in the way our government and institutions are run. Once again, even at this level, money should only be a measure of progress and not the final goal.

In 2011 there were 835 million smartphone users in the world and statistics for last year show 36 million smartphones in the UK alone. Figures from Portio Research expect the figure for the UK will increase to 63 million users by 2016. According to the mental health charity, MIND, around 25% of the UK population suffer mental health issues and depression is suffered by one in ten.

What does that mean? To me it means that, although we can buy the latest technology, it does not make us happy.

One of the treatments for depression is to get out among and help other people. Sadly modern life virtually discourages this. Few know their neighbours and spend much of their time working to earn the money to support their lifestyle, which often includes buying items, such as smart phones, in response to the material values projected by the media and government.

Are our goals really our own and do they really aim for our happiness? Do our words of motivation really get us the lifestyle we want?

In December last year, UK Prime Minister David Cameron defended his country’s membership of the European Union by stating that if Britain left the EU it would risk being like Norway. Norway is only a member of the European Economic Area and is considered unable to influence European financial policy. However, in an ironic twist, in 2011, it was Norway that was voted the happiest country in the world in the United Nations Human Development Index. Perhaps we do want to be like Norway.

In a 2008 poll, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation discovered that Britain has lost its moral compass with selfishness and greed leading to “social evils” such as family breakdown. “People are concerned about the way our society has become more individualistic, greedy and selfish, seemingly at a cost to our community,” the report states.

One participant quoted said, “Everything seems to be based around money and owning things. The more you have, the more successful you are. There’s nothing wrong with having enough, but there’s pressure on people to go for more and more.”
 

Positive Advertising Hoarding On Construction Site

 
One of the most important rules of setting goals is to never get what you want until you achieve your monetary goal. A key inspiration message from setting goals is the idea of delayed gratification. You learn discipline from setting a goal in terms of money and then working towards it (morally and ethically, of course), only buying items with the money when you have it.

One of the biggest problems in society is the pressure to have what you want now – using credit to get it if necessary. Statistics show that (in 2012) personal debit totaled an amazing £1,456 trillion: £55,988 per household. The average amount earned by a household in a year stands at £29,634. This means we pay a total of £63.2 billion of interest a year – £2,432 per household.

Many households need words of motivation as often one adult earns money purely to pay the mortgage and the other earns to pay the other bills and pay for essentials such as food and clothing.

This all comes about as we want to live beyond our means as a result of being bombarded by advertisements and media campaigns created by companies which are simply after our money. And we pay with money supplied by other people.

For me, this attitude of worshipping money was summed up in the recent National Health Service report that revealed that patients in a few hospitals were being treated appallingly and that there were around 3000 deaths related to poor care. The reason? The managers of the affected hospitals were more interested in achieving budgets than providing patient care. A report into 1200 deaths at the Mid Staffordshire hospital concluded that managers “put corporate self-interest and cost control ahead of patients and their safety.”

Success is as much about quality of life and, as much as money can help get you the things you want, we need to understand that money is only a tool to achieve goals that will create a lifestyle of which you can be proud. In the same way that doing the right thing by other people can help depression, success is only real if we feel we have helped others.

Money is important but it won’t get us to where we really want to be. Like everything else, money is our servant, not our master.

Words of motivation indeed.
 

“It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.”
Margaret Thatcher
 
 

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Words For Motivation: Sophie Christiansen Rides High

 
 

Sophie Christiansen At The Paralympic Victory Parade In London 2012

 
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are now a memory but it would be a pity if we lost the inspiration messages the events of last summer gave us.

As we all know, there are many challenges to be faced in life and we all need words for motivation to overcome them. Many would find a major disability too much however. In November 1987, a baby daughter was born two month premature and was found to have cerebral palsy, jaundice, blood poisoning, and a collapsed lung. If that was not enough, the new baby then had a heart attack.

Despite all these challenges, the baby grew and her parents sent her to a normal school with a special unit attached where she was encouraged to enjoy sport, playing football and hockey at break times. Nonetheless she was shy and suffered some bullying. At the age of six, Sophie Christiansen began riding near her home in Berkshire and then with South Buckinghamshire branch of the charity Riding for the Disabled as a form of physiotherapy. She had at last found a sport she could compete in and was hooked.

In 2004, the 16 year old Sophie competed at the Paralympic Games in Athens and provided us all with inspiration messages by winning a bronze medal in the Grade 1 (severe disabilities) dressage behind fellow Britain Lee Pearson, who won the gold medal. Writing on the HorseHero.com website, Sophie explains how things changed: “I learnt the importance of teamwork, became more confident and less self-conscious due to the amount of interviews I had to do, and generally grew up. Athens did more than years of speech therapy for my confidence in communication. ”

Sophie continued by winning three gold medals in the 2005 World Championships in Hungary and a gold and a bronze in the 2007 World Championships.

The 2008 Paralympic Games were held in Beijing of course but the equestrian events took place in Hong Kong where Sophie won a gold medal in the individual freestyle dressage event and silver in the championship dressage. As if this was not enough, she then won gold in the team event.

In recognition of the words of motivation she gives to other people, Sophie Christiansen was named the BBC London Disabled Athlete of the Year in 2004 and was given an MBE in 2009 in addition to other awards.

The medals continued to come throughout 2009 and 2010 before she faced her home crowd at the London 2012 Paralympics. What great inspiration messages she gave us there. Sophie won three gold medals in the Individual, Freestyle and Team events, racking up a personal and Paralympic record score in the Freestyle event and winning the hearts of millions.

At no stage does Sophie allow her disability to get in her way. At times she has competed in wheelchair half marathons, winning the Windsor event in 2002. She refuses to be wheelchair bound but does use an electric scooter to travel longer distances. Away from sport, Sophie gained a Masters degree in Mathematics from Royal Holloway University early last year and worked part-time as a statistician.

In the 2013 New Years honours list, Sophie Christiansen was awarded an OBE and is coming to terms with her newfound status as a celebrity. Her career away from sport is on hold while she adapts to her new life: “Having had the success I’m determined to live with it.”

Sophie ensures she puts something back too: she has already been giving talks and words of motivation to schools, campaigns to have those with disabilities accepted and is supporting charities such as BLISS, who work for babies needing extra care.

Sophie Christiansen has a bubbly sense of humour but is also careful that her experiences send out words of motivation to others. “I hope the Paralympics will educate people in disability and also inspire them to go out and achieve their dream, no matter how difficult it is.”
 


 
 

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Inspiration Message: Goals Need To Be Measurable

 
 

Silver TVR Tuscan In Showroom

 
You may be like so many people and finding the purpose of your life but you may also be looking for the words for motivation to help you find your direction. I believe it is pretty well accepted that in finding the purpose of your life you need to set yourself some goals.

In the last article here on InspirationMessages.com we examined the idea that for goals to be effective they need to be specific. This was the first letter of the mnemonic SMART, which lists the characteristics needed for successful goals.

The second letter, ‘M’, indicates that goals need to be Measurable.

For a goal to be life changing we need to know when we are close to it and, of course, when we have achieved it. One of my goals is to own a nice TVR Tuscan S sports car. Of course I could buy one now if I wanted to do so and I was prepared to take out a loan.

But getting into debt does not agree with my own standards and values. In any case, the experience of owning such a car would be devalued if I was worrying about paying for it. The only option is to buy the car for cash.

But how much money would I need? Using money as a measure of your goals is a great way of finding the purpose of your life. I have researched such cars and have discovered a good example would cost around £25 000.

I now know how much money I need to achieve my goal. The goal is now measurable.

Many goals can be defined in terms of money. Indeed, a certain amount of money can be a goal in itself. A vague ‘I want to be rich’ is unlikely to inspire you but knowing exactly how much money and what it would bring you will be much more likely to drive you forward.

Carefully defining your goals has other benefits too. Charles J. Givens wrote: “The more specific and measurable your goal, the more quickly you will be able to identify, locate, create, and implement the use of the necessary resources for its achievement.”

Being able to measure your goals is essential if you are finding the purpose of your life. Ensuring you can quantify your goals enables you to track how close you are getting to them and this gives you all the motivation you need.
 

People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.
Brian Tracy

 
 

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Words Of Motivation: What Teachers Tell Us About Our Goals

 
 

Lady Showing A New Car A Lot Of Affection

 
The need for goals is something all the inspirational writers seem to agree about – there are many words of motivation written on this subject. It is obviously something worth getting right.

As I mentioned before, no matter how many words of motivation I read, setting goals is still something with which I have had a lot of challenges. Life always intervenes.

Let’s see if we can find some more words of motivation that might clear my logjam.

Robin Sieger is an author who seems to speak a lot of common sense and he suggests looking at your goals from a different angle. His idea is to imagine looking back: “When you are looking back as an elderly person sitting in the sunshine in Florida or wherever you want to be, what would you want to look back on with the greatest pride?’

Robin suggests we ask ourselves two questions:

1. Where do you want to be?
2. When do you want to get there?

Another motivated individual I have also been lucky enough to associate with is Adil Amarsi. Adil has been a serial entrepreneur and offers these words of motivation to help in setting goals:

“What would my perfect AVERAGE Day look like? If I had to live this way everyday, and if I didn’t I would die, what would it look like?”

“Seriously you want to do something along the lines of where do you live, what does your house look/smell/feel like etc. What are your first thoughts of your day while you brush your teeth, what would you have for breakfast etc.”?

I like that idea: you imagine the little details of your perfect life. And you have to EXPERIENCE the life too.

Robin Sieger agrees: “You must clearly define your goal in precise visual, emotive terms. The second thing you must do is get emotionally connected to the feelings that achieving the goal in terms that give you a feeling of success.”

In truth I think we all know deep down what we want and will know when the goals we set ourselves seem right and we will feel comfortable with them.

Significant words of motivation however come from Jim Rohn. He identified some common words of motivation that identify the main areas from which we will find our goals:

1. Recognition

We all like to be seen as successful in one way or another. Companies find that status symbols often motivate better than money. A better company car or an award (such as employee of the month) or perhaps a new title or promotion will usually do the trick.

Are you motivated by recognition?

2. The Feeling Of Winning

Knowing inside that you have achieved success is one of the best rewards you can have. Just knowing. Knowing that you have done your best gives you so much peace of mind, more than any words of motivation, and I really look forward to this.

My feeling is this will come with whatever goals you achieve.

3. Family

Many people feel great need to do the best thing by their family – particularly dependents – and many will do anything to feel they have fulfilled their responsibility. Parents have been known to make enormous sacrifices for their children, for example.

4. Benevolence

Do you find words of motivation in the idea of giving time or money to those who are less fortunate? Andrew Carnegie spent the first half of his life amassing a vast fortune and the second half giving it away.

5. Embarrassment and Anger

Few of us would admit these give us words of motivation but, the truth is, they drive many people. Even negative feelings can motivate.

Frustrated that you cannot pay the bills each month? That you cannot treat your friends to a meal? Does the car breaking down regularly motivate you to earn the money to buy a new one? Use those feelings to set new goals.

I hope now we are finding the words of motivation to set some meaningful goals. But, wait, there are some more characteristics of successful goals and we will examine those soon.
 
 

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Words Of Motivation: How To Be Specific About Your Goals

 
 

Mountain Bikers Looking Up At The Summit Of A Mountain

 
Everyone seeking to find the words of motivation to improve their lives must at some point set themselves some goals. I have heard this many times but it is not always easy to understand exactly what goals are relevant.

To add to the problems, words of motivation about setting goals use the SMART mnemonic to show the features required of the best goals. The initial ‘S’ stands for Specific. Goals need to be Specific. Clearly those writing the words of motivation realise that the ordinary chap has bother setting goals so tell us we need to pin down exactly what our goals are before we attempt to achieve them.

In truth, if you have spent the time trying to understand what your dreams are, what your dream life would look like, you will already have a good idea what your goals need to be to achieve those dreams. To get to where you want to be you need to know where you are going.

We discussed identifying your dreams in these previous articles.

Jim Rohn (www.JimRohn.com) described it in this way: “Like a well-defined dream, well-defined goals work like magnets. They pull you in their direction. The better YOU DEFINE them, the better YOU DESCRIBE them, the harder YOU WORK on achieving them, the stronger THEY PULL.”

At this point in giving you the words of motivation to set your goals, it might be worth emphasising the fact that you do need to be specific about what you want. In other words, don’t just say you want ‘happiness’ or ‘lots of money.’ What you need to identify is what would bring you happiness and what sum of money you need or, even better, what you could buy with that money. Picture it. Imagine you already have it.

The words of motivation also tell us we need to have big goals and to aim as high as possible. But this has always been an area with which I struggled; how can I set goals that are high enough to motivate me and yet not too high to intimidate me?

The answer seems to be to find what it is that fires you up – whatever it is – and then devise smaller goals leading up to your ultimate dream. This way you can feel the burn that will inspire you and keep it going as you achieve the lesser goals on the way.

It is very much like climbing a mountain. If you want to reach the summit then just focusing on the peak can be daunting: it never seems to get closer. However, if you aim to climb to a point you can see a few hundred metres away, you can achieve that more easily and know that, when you reach there, you are part of the way to your ultimate goal. This will give you the words of motivation you need to set and move on to the next point and so on until you reach the summit.

Sadly most of us fail to set and achieve goals by talking ourselves out of it. Success is achieved by those who have a childlike outlook; children usually believe nothing is impossible and it is only as adults we ‘learn’ the reasons why we can fail.

Jim Rohn puts it well: “You see, many of us have become too skeptical. We’ve lost that wonderfully innocent, childlike faith and trust. Don’t let this stop you. Believe in and have faith in yourself and your goals. And get excited – just like a child. Childlike enthusiasm – there’s nothing more contagious.”

I will find some more words of motivation about finding the right goals for you in the next article.
 
 

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Inspiration Messages From Hannah Cockroft

 
 

Hannah Cockroft Winning A Heat At The 2012 London Paralympic Games

 
In the 2012 New Years honours list many Olympians, Paralympians and other people who have provided inspiration messages for us during the year received well-deserved recognition. For me, one of the most deserved awards was an MBE for the wheelchair athlete Hannah Cockroft.

Born on 30 July 1992 in Halifax, Hannah suffered two cardiac arrests as she was born and these damaged her brain so that she had impaired balance and mobility, weak hips, and deformed feet and legs. Doctors believed Hannah would never be able to walk, talk or live beyond adolescence. It was expected she would never be able to look after herself.

Hannah told reporters “I don’t like people telling me what to do. My parents put me in standing frames I hated them for it at the time but now I cannot thank them enough.”

With the support of her parents, Hannah did not let her challenges stop her and in school she became interested in sport, competing in swimming, seated discus, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair racing. Her bubbly personality meant she found the inspiration messages to enjoy her sport. Her father was a welder and built a racing wheelchair for her.

In 2007, Hannah went to a British Paralympic Association open day at Loughborough University where she met Dr. Ian Thompson who was married to the wheelchair-racing champion Tanni Grey-Thompson. Hannah says, “Ian let me have a go in his wheelchair and I loved it. I’d never experienced anything like it before. You go and you don’t stop.” Dr. Thompson agreed to coach Hannah for the first year, providing the words of motivation she needed to get her career started.

Hannah received a new wheelchair from the WhizzKids charity, which helped her mobility and the following year a dance academy she attended gave her the money to buy her own racing wheelchair. This was the famous chair she named ‘Sally’ and she used to gain great success in subsequent years.

Hannah was invited to join the British Paralympic team.

At the 2010 British Wheelchair Athletics Association International championships she broke four world records. Initially she was aiming for success at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro but her new coach Peter Eriksson provided the words of motivation she needed to aim for London 2012.

Hannah continued to break records leading up the London Games and, once the events started, she won the first track and field gold medal for Great Britain winning the T4 100 metres in a new Paralympic record time. A week later she won her second gold in the T34 200 metres – again in a record time.

Voted by FHM magazine as ‘the sexiest Paralympic athlete’, Hannah has managed to retain her down-to-earth bubbly personality and is now training for future races. “There is always something to aim for, you’ve just got to find it and concentrate on it.”

In the meantime Hannah finds time to provide inspiration messages for other people, using her newfound fame to help others achieve in the way she has.

“You meet some people who’ve had accidents and they’re like ‘my life is so terrible, I’m disabled, feel sorry for me’, and then you meet others who say their life is so much better now and that’s just amazing to hear. I’ve been disabled since birth and I’ve always been a bit cocky, but it’s really inspirational to meet people who don’t think that life stops when you get put in a wheelchair.”

“Miss Hannah Lucy Cockroft MBE has a certain ring to it don’t you think?” She says on Facebook.

The video below gives a great impression of the personality of this strong but endearing athlete.
 


 
 

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Daily Motivational Phrases: Number 512

 
 

“Remember, we all have something special to offer.
Most of us want to be honoured
and contribute something to the world;
we want to make a difference.
You need to honour others and
encourage them to contribute to the world as well.”

 

Jay Rifenbary (No Excuse! I’m Doing It)

 

Coach Encouraging A Boys Soccer Team Whilst Kneeling

 
 

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Daily Motivating Phrases: Number 511

 
 

“In everyone’s life, at some time,
our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter
with another human being.
We should all be thankful
for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

 

Albert Schweitzer

 

Two Smartly Dressed People Talking On Garden Benches

 

 

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