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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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Words Of Motivation: All About Goals


We all dream.

We dream about what we want out of life. What was it T.E. Lawrence wrote? “The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” Our dreams give us the words of motivation we need to improve our lives, perhaps ironically beyond our wildest dreams.

But all the power of the inspiration messages we get from our dreams can be diluted by day-to-day stresses and worries. We can forget what it is we are wanting when more immediate pressures crowd in on our lives.

For this reason, the next most important skill we need after the ability to dream is to prosaically set goals to give us a way of setting and measuring our progress towards the lifestyle we have only imagined so far.

Yes, dreams are essential to success but only if you commit yourself to their attainment by defining exactly what you want and setting a date by which they are to be achieved.

I have to say that I personally have struggled with setting my goals so this will be a personal journey for me too. As I research and write I am looking for the words of motivation I need to move further forward in my life too.

A great way of explaining goals is the classic scenario of the ticket desk of an airline and having this conversation:

Airline Employee: Hello, can I be of assistance?

Me: Hi, I would like to buy a ticket please.

AE: Of course, sir, where would you like to go?

Me: I don’t know.

AE: Okay, when would you like to arrive?

Me: No idea.

AE: I’m sorry but I can’t help you unless you can tell me where you want to go or when you want to get there.

This might seem a crazy situation but isn’t this exactly how we treat our lives?

Zig Ziglar put it perfectly when he said, “It’s just as difficult to reach a destination you don’t have, as it is to come back from a place you have never been.”

Jim Rohn was also spot on when he wrote in his great book, Seven Strategies For Wealth And Happiness, “To understand how crucial goals are, observe the vast majority who do not have any goals. Instead of designing their lives, these misguided people simply make a living. They fight every day of their lives in the war zone of economic survival, choosing existence over substance.”

Too many of us ignore the words of motivation around us and bumble through life, allowing other people to design our lives for us. Then we complain about our situation and blame others for our position. In truth all we have failed to do is to take control of our own lives and planned what it is we want to do.

Yes, goal setting requires work and discipline. Like dreams, if we have goals and do not achieve them, we feel more frustrated. So defining goals is a contract we make with ourselves to create a better life. Indeed, by identifying your goals you are simply finding the purpose of your life.

But, remember this: driving to your goals does require work and commitment but the rewards can be massive. You decide just how massive they can be.

The past is gone. There are things I wish I had not done or done differently but I can do nothing about them now. Right now you have the opportunity to make things a lot, lot better. Although you can imagine the life you want, in reality you are unable to understand just how good things can become.

Setting goals is like walking towards the horizon. Right now you can only see as far as the horizon but, as you move closer to it, more and more is revealed to you and you gradually see a new horizon. Goals are like that: the more you achieve, the more you will understand your abilities and the more your abilities will grow. Gradually you will give yourself inspiration messages that more is possible.

“You can go as far as far as you can see, and when you get there you can always see further,” is another inspiration message from Zig Ziglar.

To get a smooth progression towards the life you want, it is always best to have a series of goals leading you forward, one after the other. In case you doubt you have the abilities to achieve all you want and to keep going, most success gurus provide words of motivation that tell us that life has a wonderful way of providing the means to achieve our goals when we need them.

We just need to have faith and be open to the words of motivation that are available.

“With any project I take a blank sheet of paper and I write down the aim of the exercise – the goal – and take it from there. It’s very fulfilling when you you’ve written down an aim, planned everything and then you bring it to a successful conclusion. It’s tremendous.”

Sir Chay Blyth (in the book ‘Mind Games’)

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Inspiration Message: The Effects Of The London Olympic Games

 
 

The summer of 2012 has provided many inspiration messages and will surely go down as one of the most exciting times in recent history – but only if we learn the lessons available.

In June Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. Following the phenomenal success of the wedding of her grandson, William, to the glamorous Catherine Middleton, the events surrounding the Jubilee started to engender an enthusiasm and pride in the British people that has been rarely seen for some time.

With foreign nationals swelling the celebrating crowds to over 500,000 and a home television audience peaking at 17 million, it seems the feel good factor was felt all over the country and beyond its shores.

Prior to the events in June, the British people had little confidence and many believed the forthcoming Olympic Games would not succeed. Those watching the slick organisation and technology of the Jubilee celebrations however began to think ‘maybe we can do it.’

So 27 July arrived and with it the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. The show was refreshingly well staged and impressed many who had doubted Britain could match the spectacular events surrounding the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

And yet we had all misjudged the stunning inspiration messages we were to receive over the next seventeen days of the Olympic Games. Ninety percent of the British population watched the Games and an estimated 4 billion worldwide watched as the drama unfolded.

Every day new inspiration messages were witnessed. Laura Trott was born with a collapsed lung and asthma and was told to take up sport to regulate her breathing. Laura won two Gold medals in track cycling. Joanna Rowsell also won Gold in the cycling velodrome and removed her helmet to show she has no hair. Joanna suffers from alopecia and happily champions on behalf of others with the same condition. She shows that wearing a wig can be glamorous.

On the last day of competition, Modern Pentathlon Silver medal winner, Samantha Murray, was being interviewed when she turned to the camera and said “If you have a goal, anything you want to achieve in life, don’t let anyone get in your way because you can do it.” Words of motivation indeed.

But if we thought the Olympic Games had given us inspiration messages, nobody had considered the effect the following Paralympic games would have.

The Paralympians, who took our collective breath away between 29 August and 9 September, provided hourly examples of inspiration messages that took away all our excuses. The two personalities beloved by the media before the Games, Ellie Simmonds, already the winner of two swimming Gold medals in Beijing (at the age of 13) and Oscar Pistorius, who has dominated Paralympic running for several years, went ahead and won more medals. Ellie is a big personality in a diminutive form and has achondroplesia dwarfism whilst Oscar had his legs removed below the knee when a baby and runs on blades.

Sophie Christiansen was born with severe cerebral palsy and fought to live. At the age of six she found an affinity with horses. Her talent was recognised and she won two Gold medals in Beijing. Like Ellie Simmonds, Sophie was awarded the MBE by the Queen and earned a Masters degree in mathematics. During the London Paralympic Games she won three more Gold medals: another great inspiration message.

Harriet Lee suffers from Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, a condition involving enlarged organs and an increased risk of cancer, and four months ago she was rushed into intensive care. Fortunately she was released in time for the Paralympic Games but then fell ill on the first day of competition. Despite all this, Lee engaged in a duel with Russian swimmer Nina Ryabova in the 100 metres breaststroke and won the bronze medal. “It’s been a hard slog to get here and to finish off the year with a medal is quite emotional,” she told reporters afterwards.

But inspiration messages were not only found among the athletes. Seventy thousand volunteers were on hand to ensure both sets of Games went smoothly and that athletes and spectators enjoyed the experience.

These ‘Games Makers’ received particular praise from many people for their cheerful hard work but none were more deserving of plaudits than Liam Conlen from Essex, whose job it was to meet two cyclists from the small African country of Burkina Faso. Sadly the arrangements for the two athletes went wrong and they had no support and nowhere to go. Seeing the problem, Liam simply took the three men in the party home with him to his parents’ house while two women were housed in a nearby convent.

The local community also gathered round to help; the local school offered training facilities to the group and a local company helped upgrade their bicycles to competition specification. The two Burkina Faso cyclists did not win any medals but the town of Abridge in Essex won a lot more.

The British athletes, known as ‘TeamGB,’ won more medals than ever before and the hearts of a nation. And yet the lessons and inspiration messages of London 2012 are relevant to everyone, no matter in what country they are or their physical condition.

I was lucky enough to visit the Olympic Park during the Paralympic games and can tell you that the atmosphere was completely positive, enjoyable and full of inspiration messages. But the attitude did not stop there, an aura of confidence and positivity has covered the country. Sadly the politicians and media have been slow to realize this but for the first time in history this does not matter.

The Internet now means that people can express their views to each other without interference. As with the so-called Arab Spring, we can all take control and say ‘We want to be proud of our country and be part of the world community too.’ We have seen inspiration messages and examples of great courage and strength and realize there are no longer any excuses. We no longer have to take the lead from politicians or the press but can dictate what we want our world to look like.

Every one of us has seen that we can take control of our own lives and through words of motivation become the best we can be. Just as the events in London were lit by a flame, it is up to us to carry the torch, the spirit of what we have seen, forward to benefit everyone in Britain and everyone around the world.

 

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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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Words Of Motivation: The Inspiring Simon Weston

 
 
We all need words of motivation in our lives at some time or other. Things go wrong and we feel frustrated or even desperate.

Somehow we need to find the inspiration messages that help us to carry on and even drive forward to achieve what we dream about, what we desire, whether that involves money or simply quality of life.

One man found his life turned upside down during the Falklands War 30 years ago. Simon Weston was in the hold of the ship the Sir Galahad when a bomb pierced the side and exploded close to him. He watched his friends die before he managed to struggle out with horrific injuries. It took surgeons 70 major operations over a period of years to help Simon back to a position something approaching normality.

Many of us would crumble under such circumstances but Simon Weston has made his experiences his inspiration to do a lot of good for his fellow human beings. He has become a successful author and television presenter but most significantly he has become a tireless worker for charities and a compelling inspirational speaker. I was lucky enough to see him talk once and can tell you his words of motivation had a great effect on me.
 
Find out more about Simon on his website SimonWeston.com.
 


 
 

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Daily Motivating Phrases: Number 451

 
 

“I learned about the strength you can get
from a close family life.
I learned to keep going, even in bad times.
I learned not to despair, even when my world was falling apart.
I learned that there are no free lunches.
And I learned the value of hard work.”

 

Lee Iacocca

 

Distinguished Smartly Dressed Man Posing For The Camera

 
 

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Short Inspiring Stories: Shirley Bassey – The Tiger From Tiger Bay


If you are looking for inspiration messages to find ways to achieve what you want then the story of Dame Shirley Bassey, one of the most powerful singers alive today, will give you the words of motivation you need.

Born on 8 January 1937, Shirley’s first years were spent in Tiger Bay on the edge of Cardiff. It has been said she was born above a brothel in a dockyards slum, the seventh and last child of a Nigerian father (Henry – real name Okun Apauso) and Yorkshire mother. Her mother, Eliza, had been married before and had four children from that relationship.

Sadly, her father was imprisoned for having sex with a minor and then deported. The mother and children then moved to the steel working district of Splott where they lived in grinding poverty, even finding food was a problem.

Even at school, Shirley’s voice was remarkable and she was asked to tone it down for the school choir. After leaving education, she worked as a packer at a local factory whilst singing in pubs and clubs after work and at weekends. It was Eliza who always encouraged the young Shirley to sing to keep her out of mischief.

The first professional contract came in 1953, when Shirley sang in a musical based on the life of Al Jolson and then a musical called ‘Hot From Harlem.’ At the age of 16, she became pregnant (her daughter, Sharon) and took a job waiting on tables.

In 1955 an agent, Michael Sullivan, heard about this talented singer and decided she would become a star. He had her touring theatres until the bandleader and impresario Jack Hylton saw her and booked as the star of a musical in London’s West End. This lead to a recording contract with her first single, ‘Burn My Candle,’ in 1956.

Her popularity slowly climbed until, in 1964, she recorded the theme to the James Bond film Goldfinger. This song made her a household name on both sides of the Atlantic, something Shirley had hoped for since starting a cabaret act previously. She has recorded three themes for the Bond movies now and rumours suggest she may be about to record a fourth.

Her singing career has continued to offer inspiration messages to everyone. In 2007 Shirley had a deserved hit with The Living Tree, 50 years after her first chart single.

Unfortunately her personal life has not been so successful. Shirley married Kenneth Hulme in 1961 before realizing he was gay. They divorced in 1965 after she had an affair with actor Peter Finch. In 1968 she married Sergio Novak, a manager of a hotel in Rome and subsequently Shirley’s own manager. This marriage also ended in 1979.

Shirley Bassey, made a Dame in 1999, had two daughters, Sharon and Samantha although the fathers are unknown. Sadly, Samantha died in 1985 at the age of 21 in circumstances that are still to be explained. There is also one son, Mark, from who Shirley was estranged for some time but all seems to be reconciled now.

Sharon gave her mother four grandsons and Mark one granddaughter, who was a contestant on the X-Factor television programme.

Dame Shirley Bassey, now living in Monte Carlo, appeared at the Queens Jubilee concert on 4 June 2012, cementing her place as one of Britain’s great and most successful entertainers. Already a UNESCO Artist For Peace, she has also recently become patron of the Cardiff Women’s Aid charity, offering help for victims of domestic violence.

Clearly this larger-than-life personality has inspiration messages to offer us all.

Find out more on the Shirley Bassey Blog.


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Short Inspiring Stories: Violette Szabo

When it comes to short inspiring stories, can any be more so than those of the British Secret Agents who were part of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War?

I can remember, as a child, watching the film Carve Her Name With Pride.  It told the story of Violette Szabo.  Born in France, Violette had a French mother and English father. She was brought up in Brixton in South London and was working in a local department store at the start of World War Two.

Aged 19, she married Etienne Szabo, following a whirlwind romance. He died, two years later and Violette decided to offer her services to the SOE.

Violette’s first mission was successful.  It involved reorganising a French Resistance network that had been destroyed by the Germans. She led the group in sabotaging road and railway bridges and sent extremely important information by radio that informed Allied bombing raids.

For her second mission, Violette was flown to the Limoges area. It was June 1944 and Germany was trying to stop the effects of the Normandy landings. Her role was to co-ordinate efforts by the local Maquis to sabotage German communications.  During this mission, Violette was captured. She was interrogated and tortured and suffered hard labour and malnutrition.  Violette still managed to help save the life of a Belgian resistance courier.

Reading about women like Violette Szabo provides words of motivation. The poem written for her by Leo Marks as the basis for coded messages to England offers words of inspiration and strength.  It starts with the verse:

The Life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have is yours

 
H.G.
 
 

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Inspiration Messages: What Inspires You?

When we get up in the morning, what is it that gives us the inspiration and motivation to deal with the day? Do we look to motivating quotes or verses of encouragement to help usIs it reading short inspiring stories that makes us achieve that bit extra – go that bit further?

Why is it that some days we feel we could conquer the world and others we seem to be defeated by the smallest setback?  Many of us search hard to find the answer to this question. I am not sure though that there isn’t a danger in thinking that there is one magic solution that can be easily found.

Often I feel inspired when I am walking along the seafront.  It may be looking at the sun shining on the blue water in the summer or great waves crashing on the beach in the winter.   It helps me to relax and work through problems and issues.  I cannot guarantee though that taking such a walk will always motivate and inspire me to make the most of my day.  I may also read words of inspiration and strength in the story of someone who has overcome the odds to achieve well in a particular field.

This is a very subjective area.  But, here is something I find very helpful.  When I am facing a particularly difficult situation, I remind myself about a previous occasion when I have personally dealt with something similar in a successful way. This can apply to any scale of activity, from very small to really significant.  It’s a very simple stratagem and is my word of motivation for today.

Written by H.G.
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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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