Inspirational Messages For LIfe

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Inspiration Message: The Paradox Of Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Motivating Phrases: Number 480

 
 

“You can change your beliefs in a moment,
and change your life.
But only you can do it.
You begin by changing them to positive thoughts
and expectations about yourself and your ability to succeed.”

 

Robin Sieger (You Can Change Your Life Any Time You Want)

 

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Daily Motivating Phrases: Number 479

 
 

“You gain strength, courage and confidence
by every experience in which you must stop
and look fear in the face…
you must do the things you think you cannot do.”

 

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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Daily Motivating Phrases: Number 478

 
 

“Every individual on the planet was born rich.
We are not just rich in the sense that we were born
to experience financial freedom,
which is one part of the total picture,
but the full scope of this richness is meant to be
an all-encompassing freedom in every area of life.”

 

Larry Di Angi (The Magic Is In The Extra Mile)

 

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Daily Motivating Phrases: Number 477

 
 

“Every time a man hardens his heart against a fellow being
he inflicts upon himself five kinds of suffering –
namely, the suffering of loss of love;
the suffering of lost communion and fellowship;
the suffering of a troubled and confused mind;
the suffering of wounded passion or pride;
and the suffering of punishment of punishment inflicted by others.”

 

James Allen (Byways To Blessedness)

 

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Daily Motivating Phrases: Number 476

 
 

“We definitely have an active role to play.
We can’t sit around and expect wisdom to accumulate along with grey hair.
Learning from our mistakes is the least of what we should ask from our experience.
To get more we must demand it, cultivate it, and go looking for it.”

 

 Garry Kasparov (How Life Imitates Chess)

 

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Daily Motivating Phrases: Number 475

 
 

“You need to start believing you are good,
that you are worthy,
that you are capable of loving and being loved.
Do not base your self-image on false information.
Look in your life for reasons, acts of kindness and generosity.
If you look you will find much evidence,
that you have shown kindness and love towards others.”

 

Robin Sieger (You Can Change Your Life Any Time You Want)

 

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Daily Motivating Phrases: Number 474

 
 

“The reason most people never reach their goals
is that they don’t define them,
or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable.
Winners can tell you where they are going,
what they plan to do along the way,
and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”

 

Denis Waitley

 

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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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Daily Motivating Phrases: Number 473

 
 

“If you have a goal, anything you want to achieve in life,
don’t let anybody get in your way because you can do it.
There are so many people and so many things that will feel
like they are trying to set you back but, honestly,
find the path you want to take in life,
follow it and stick to it because if I can do it,
I’m a normal girl,
anybody can do anything they want to do.”

 

Samantha Murray
(Winner of Modern Pentatlon Silver Medal, London 2012 Olympics)

 

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