The biggest way I stay motivated is to run with a group of friends. Sometimes it’s hard to get going by yourself, but if you have a plan and a meeting time, you know this run will happen for sure. It’s a way to have fun – while also getting in a workout. Plus it distracts from pain, helps you fight fatigue, and gives you that extra push. – Allyson Felix
We all need to find a way to stay motivated. The quote above is from Allyson Felix, A 200 meters Olympic Gold medalist who was born in 1985. I have discovered that there are a few things that winners do to stay motivated and if you will try them you may stay motivated as well.
- Have a clear vision of where you are going! Feel it, imagine in, experience it, find physical pictures of it or draw them if they don’t exist and look at this picture daily to keep you motivated. I personally enjoy thinking and dreaming about the future whenever I have some time on my hands. I take the time to review my vision when praying daily.
- Have a clear set of small goals that lead to your vision. Every time you achieve one of the goals, it can be really motivating to cross out the completed goal.
- Talk to people who have achieved similar goals
- Find friends or colleagues who are pursuing similar goals
- View and think about the loss of not making an attempt at your vision or dream
- Find a mentor or a coach who is willing to challenge you
- Look for fun and exciting ways to stay focused and motivated
- Let each failure motivate you to learn and try again
- Determine that you will not give up without giving your very best shot and some more!
- If you give up for a while…you can get back and try again.
Read more about Allyson Felix on her official website.
You can view a replay of my recent Wisdom Webinar on Staying Focused and Motivated
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Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. -Albert Einstein
Wisdom is meant to increase as we grow older but you and I know that there are some senior citizens whom most will not consider as wise. It is not the grey hair that makes us wise. Rather it is the level of commitment to learning from every situation we find ourselves in.
Schooling does not necessarily increase wisdom, but the one who is schooled has a greater chance of increasing wisdom due to the amount of knowledge accumulated and waiting to be applied (wisdom). This is so because practical wisdom is the adequate application of knowledge.
Wisdom on the other hand can be learned by watching other wise people, taking action and learning from the outcome, reading books and reflecting on whatever is going on around us. I find that I learn a lot just by watching and observing the people and situations around me. You don’t need a school to learn that.
Take Action – Reflect on some of the lessons you have learnt lately. Write down and commit to a plan for implementing what you have just learnt. Continue to learn as you take these steps. Turn every disappointment into a blessing.
Today my post is not about wisdom, instead it is about the fruit of wisdom. This is another word of wisdom that I believe can easily be overlooked. When I think of mercy and truth as twins, I think of the balance between having mercy and applying the truth or the law or justice. A wise person must know when it is better to let things go and when it is better to apply punishment for wrong done! Also a wise person must always be in search of the truth!
If you are seeking to be wise then you must not be afraid to search deeper than what is apparent to see if there are deeper meanings, other intentions, alternate approaches to a situation and so on. The quote above talks about binding mercy and truth around your neck and writing them on the tablet of your hearts – in other words, let them be as close to you as you can imagine. Be known as a merciful person. If the person is truly repentant (there is truth again) be ready to forgive, be quick to understand the weaknesses of the people around you. Give them some slack when dealing with them and at all times be attentive to the facts that present themselves.
I am always dealing with people and from time to time they mess up. It’s wisdom that teaches you to say, that’s okay, I know you did not mean to mess things up. If however you have not been attentive to the truth about the person, you will assume that they were out to mess you up and you loose favor with them. You also take a wrong decision and loose favor with God!
Mercy can also be referred to as kindness! If you want to excel in life, have favor and the high esteem of people around you, be kind to them. Be kind to your co-workers, to the cleaners at your workplace, to the cashier at the grocery store, be kind to the politician, the police, to everyone. Be merciful! Be Kind! Be Wise! It frees your mind up to think of much more profitable things. It makes people want to support you! It makes people send love thoughts toward you! And of course prayers to God on your behalf. I pray and give thanks on their behalf when I use gifts given to me by friends and family.
Dear Friend – Remember to bind Mercy and Truth around your neck! Be wise, take heed to this words of wisdom and you will have many friends who will be willing to forgive you, help you, promote you and God will uplift you too.
“Do not be wise in your own eyes;..”
– Proverbs 3:7
Do not think that you are wise because it will stop you from becoming wiser! The story is told of a wise teacher who pours tea for one of his potential students. He pours the tea until it begins to run over and flow to the table. After a short while the would be student could not take it any longer and spoke up “the cup is full master”. To which he got the response – As long as you are full of knowledge, you can not learn anything new! It is important that we approach life with the humility of a person who needs to learn. There are 3 things I do to remind me of this truth!
- Listen – I tell myself often that speaking hardly adds to my knowledge and I encourage myself to listen twice as much as I speak – after all I have only one mouth and 2 ears.
- Respect – Everyone is better than you in one way or the other. I always remind myself of this daily; especially when meeting new people. With this in mind I begin to look out for this strength as I get to interact more with new contacts. Many times I am greatly blessed by the discovery and I am able to give genuine compliments.
- Ask Questions – It is not foolish to ask questions. I have often thought that I would make a fool of myself by making people think or know that I am not so knowledgeable about a topic. Although this can be true especially when you are being paid or referred to as an expert, but I have come to discover that you make a bigger fool of yourself if you act in ignorance.
Do not be wise in your own eyes – listen to these words of wisdom and ask questions, be attentive to learning and try to find out a better way to do what you are doing now! Keep learning there is always more to learn.
Till next time – keep seeking wisdom!