If you’ve been around my blog at all, you know I’m a big fan of motivational paraphernalia. The above video is my new favorite #livewithfire. What is it that stops you from accomplishing your goals? From your dreams?
Maybe it’s FEAR.
5 Things about Fear:
1. It’s possible
2. Success is a lonely road – but you have to believe it’s a winnable fight
3. Its a war between you vs. you – the smallest details matter. Be dedicated
4. Find a way out of ‘no way’
5. I failed is better than ‘what if’. ‘What If’ never made it to the arena
Go out there and get it. Period.
A little motivation for your Tuesday. Go get it.
This is just simply powerful. How a simple kind act can literally change a life.
Tom Rinaldi reports on the life of Richie Parker, who overcame being born without arms to become a chassis and body component designer for Hendrick Motorsports.
I have tough moments in my life. Stressful experiences. And yes – maybe even have a little self-pity once in a while. Sometimes I can hear the voice in my head screaming “Why Me?!” after a bad shift, or a tense interaction.
Then I watch the above video and realize there are other human beings who share the same soil as I who have figured out a way to rise above that and more.
An absolutely amazing inspirational story about not giving up, not settling, and never listening to those who aren’t there to elevate you.
Bravo Mr. Parker. Bravo.
I constantly harp on it, but I feel it is the most important aspect of pursuing excellence. Here is someone who does it all.. and is a high-leveled competitive athlete.
35 years old
Full-time grade-school teacher
She placed 3rd in the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games. She’s the 3rd fittest woman in the world.
So. Tell me again? How is it you don’t have time to increase your fitness?
Whether the test is physical in nature or not, we all can relate to The Grind. I stumbled upon this last night (not really sure where it came from). While it is targeted for the athlete in all of us, I find it’s motivation applicable to just about anything that requires strife, challenge or sacrifice… anything that life can throw at you (voluntary and by chance).
The next time life is trying to beat you down, testing you’re mettle… be sure to refer to this. I know I will.
“Rise and shine.”
6am and your hand can’t make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your head start telling you that it’s too early, too dark, and too cold to get out of a bed.
Aching muscles lie still in rebellion, pretending not to hear your brain commanding them to move
A legion of voices are shouting their unanimous permission for you to hit the snooze button and go back to dreamland, but you didn’t ask their opinion.
The voice you’ve chosen to listen to is one of defiance.
A voice that’s says there was a reason you set that alarm in the first place. So sit up, put your feet on the floor, and don’t look back because we’ve got work to do.
Welcome to The Grind!
For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way,
10,000 streams fan out like a river delta before you, Each one promising the path of least resistance.
Thing is, you’re headed upstream
And when you make that choice, when you decide to turn your back on what’s comfortable and what’s safe and what some would call “common sense”, well that’s day 1.
From there it only gets tougher.
So just make sure this is something you want.
Because the easy way out will always be there, ready to wash you away, all you have to do is pick up your feet.
But you aren’t going to are you?
With each step comes the decision to take another
You’re on your way now
But this is no time to dwell on how far you’ve come.
You’re in a fight against an opponent you can’t see
Oh but you can feel him on your heels can’t you?
Feel him breathing down your neck
You know what that is?
Your fears, your doubts and insecurities all lined up like a firing squad ready to shoot you out of the sky
But don’t lose heart
While they aren’t easily defeated, they are far from invincible
Remember this is The Grind
The Battle Royale between you and your mind, your body and the devil on your shoulder who’s telling you that this is just a game, this is just a waste of time, your opponents are stronger than you.
Drown out the voice of uncertainty with the sound of your own heartbeat
Burn away your self doubt with the fire that’s beneath you
Remember what you’re fighting for
And never forget that momentum is a cruel mistress
She can turn on a dime with the smallest mistake.
She is ever searching for that weak place in your armor
That one tiny thing you forgot to prepare for
So as long as the devil is hiding the details, the question remains,”is that all you got?”, “are you sure?”
And when the answer is “yes”. That you’ve done all you can to prepare yourself for battle THEN it’s time to go forth and boldly face your enemy, the enemy within
Only now you must take that fight into the open, into hostile territory
You’re a lion in a field of lions
All hunting the same elusive prey with a desperate starvation that says VICTORY is the only thing that can keep you alive
So believe that voice that says “you CAN run a little faster” and that “you CAN throw a little harder” and that “you CAN dive a little deeper” and that, for you, the laws of physics are merely a suggestion.
Luck is the last dying wish of those who wanna believe that winning can happen by accident, sweat on the other hand is for those who know it’s a choice, so decide now because destiny waits for no man. And when your time comes and a thousand different voices are trying to tell you you’re not ready for it, listen instead for that lone voice in decent the one that says you are ready, you are prepared, it’s all up to you now,