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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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Daily Motivating Phrases: Number 510

 
 

“If you want to keep moving upward in life,
then keep your foot on the accelerator and off the brakes.
When you invite the thoughts that support into your mind,
you are putting your foot on the accelerator.
Thinking about thoughts that drag you down
is like putting your foot on the brakes,
it slows you down.
It makes getting to your destination that much slower.”

 

Wes Beavis (Become The Person You Dream Of Becoming)

 

View Of Country Road From Driving Seat Of Fast Moving Car Words For Motivation

 

 

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Daily Motivational Phrases: Number 509

 
 

“Focusing exclusively on short-term satisfaction
and on the symptoms of our problems
keeps us on a path of constant struggle
and leads to very little actual enjoyment.”

 

Garry Kasparov (How Life Imitates Chess)

 

Black and White Image Of Man In Linen Jacket Standing In Field With Arms Crossed Inspiration Message

 

 

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Daily Motivational Phrases: Number 508

 
 

“Do not say that your surroundings are against you.
A man’s surroundings are never against him;
they are there to aid him,
and all those outward occurrences
over which you lose sweetness and peace of mind
are the very conditions necessary to your development,
and it is only by meeting and overcoming them
that you can learn, and grow, and ripen.”

 

James Allen (Above Life’s Turmoil)

 

Attractive Blond Lady Standing Against Grassy Background

 

 

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